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VicDRG, Victorian Dog Rescue and Resource Group Inc (Elsternwick) Reviews


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3.1
Proactive Redemptions 3.2 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:34
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:10:16
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:06:16
See above comments about guarantee
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:44
(no comment)
4 posted by Sarah, on 2013-09-10 01:16:06
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Volunteers 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:26
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5 posted by ri[email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:10:04
Everyone is a volunteer - tasks may include: transporting animals across Victoria; transporting animals to/from vets; foster caring; fundraising; managing applications for dog/cat rehoming; taking care of and answering questions from foster carers; attending meetings; discussing status with government bodies; staying in touch with adopters; organising training; organising vet appts; communication with larger businesses; organising palliative care; phone interviews; property checks; reading applications... the list does truly go on and on. The president herself essentially engages in all of these activities.
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:06:00
(no comment)
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:36
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Public Relations/Community Involvement 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:20
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:06:21
Vicdrg is often at stalls/festivals and hosts garage sales and other events for fundraising. They give back to the community even further by participation in programs to assist vulnerable communities. There are loads of volunteer opportunities that meet every skill set.
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:05:56
President works tirelessly as a companion animal advocate, lobbying government and thinking of ways to improve animal welfare.
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:34
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Medical and Behavior Programs 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:16
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:04:17
VicDRG ensures its dogs/cats are up to scratch before being rehomed - this can range from neutering/spaying, dental cleanings, worming/flea treating, rehabilitation, physiotherapy appointments, surgery, high-cost medication, cataract operations, tumour removal... the list goes on (and gets more expensive). VicDRG treats every single pet as if it were their own - I would not want to foster care for an organisation that did anything less. Once a pet comes into VicDRG's care, everything is done to make sure they are happy and healthy (and enjoying their life!).
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:04:25
(no comment)
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:31
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Pet Retention 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:13
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:01:59
VicDRG offers services of a trainer and ongoing advice to adoptive families to ensure the transition is successful and smooth. They also do work with other organisations to assist vulnerable communities in keeping their dogs - they can be temporarily foster-cared while more suitable housing is found for the person, and then the dog/cat returns to their own human!
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:04:22
The only group I know of with a comprehensive take-back policy. Full refund of adoption fee for first 42 days, and then 50% refund for the lifetime of the dog or cat.
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:24
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:10
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:00:00
VicDRG offers a comprehensive take back policy (50% for the lifetime of the dog/cat) - I do not think any other organisation does this. This ensures that if the dog/cat is not a good fit for the family, even in 10 years time, the dog/cat can be returned to VicDRG. The adoption process is complex and as such takes a little bit of time - and that is in the best interest of the animals. VicDRG ensures that each pet is rehomed to only the most suitable family, so that both the family and the pet remain happy, and this reduces the amount of animals that are returned to the organisation. It is important to get it right the first time, especially given what these pets have gone through. VicDRGs policy, while strict, is entirely necessary and puts the needs of the dogs and cats first.
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:02:56
Needs of the dog or cat are put first, and not the adopter or foster carer. This makes a lot of people upset. But those with any sort of care about the actual dogs or cats will understand.
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:15
Stressful and belittling approach. I feel sorry for the dogs.
Foster Care 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:16:01
(no comment)
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 21:57:36
The foster care process is comprehensive and entirely supportive. The organisation pays for vet work and associated costs - all foster cares have to do is provide the toys, the food, and the love. Pets are only placed in suitable homes (pets come first!) after ensuring the property is safe and the carers are equipped to deal with each dog/cat. The President, throughout the foster care process, is extremely supportive of her carers and is always on hand for emergencies and questions. Vet work can be extremely expensive but no costs are spared for these little guys- whatever is necessary will happen. Foster care goes smoothly and the carers are involved in each step of the adoption process.
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:02:19
A fantastic group of foster carers, who care about the animals in their care.
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:11:33
Poor communication.
Rescue Groups 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:15:58
(no comment)
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 21:54:25
VicDRG takes on many high risk cases from shelters and pounds, particularly those who are very old or sick, and require vet work and recovery in a home environment (or even palliative care). Most of these dogs would not have a chance if they remained in pounds/shelters - VicDRG ensures that they have love and amazing care throughout their lives.
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:02:00
Will take on any animals they can where they have the foster carer available.
1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:11:16
Seems they have no interest in finding the right homes for their animals, and would rather bounce dogs from foster home to foster home instead of rehoming them as soon as reasonably possible into a loving, healthy home.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 3.7 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:15:48
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 21:29:00
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:01:34
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Feral Cat TNR Program 3 average
1 posted by [email protected], on 2020-08-29 05:15:42
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5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 21:52:51
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A Compassionate Director 3.7 average
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-20 22:13:10
The President of the organisation has not lost any ounce of her compassion despite seeing horrific things, despite having to read about and listen to horrific cases of abuse, and despite constantly fighting for recognition of the organisation. She still offers each dog and cat individual attention and celebrates their wins, and grieves their losses. She consistently fights for each animals' right to life and happiness, and above all, her goal is to ensure that dogs and cats are well placed within their adopted homes. She works tirelessly day and night to support her volunteers. As a volunteer/foster carer, I would not want to work with any other organisation.
5 posted by [email protected], on 2019-12-13 02:06:20
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1 posted by Madeleine Irvine, on 2019-11-26 04:12:54
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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