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Education News 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Our Education team has continued their good work this year! Sam & Marg have been out visiting two nursing homes this year with small and medium dogs from the refuge. Caloundra TriCare and Currimundi Nursing Home residents tell us they love seeing us especially our four legged visitors! Lucy the Terrier x and Henry the older Staffy have been two of the favourites. Some of you may remember them. We are now visiting the two nursing homes once a month.  We have also just commenced a partnership with AVA PEtpep, which sees some of our senior volunteers going into local schools with the local Vets and teaching kids of all ages about responsible pet ownership and how to care for your pets. A wonderful initiative which we hope to build up throughout the year.


Watch this space as well as we are branching into education in a big way this year! We are thinking about helping you with general pet care workshops and a bit of first aid training. More to follow soon.

Social Media and Marketing

Friday, December 20, 2013

This year we have welcomed Sami Muirhead on as our celebrity Patron and also Rosy Symons as our other Patron. Both are doing  a fantastic job and taking their roles very seriously. We have reached 7,000 friends on facebook, which is wonderful - the more people that know about us the more of our animals that will get adopted. We saw some of our residents going as far a Perth in Western Australia this year. We would like to give a big shout out to Hot 91.1 and the Sunshine Coast Daily who have provided us with lots of support this year and run many promotions and stories throughout the year to help our cause.


It has also been a Fantastic year for fundraising with the Annual garage sale raising the better part of $30,000 this year! Well done Rosy and the team. Also we recently held both our Santa Paws day and excitingly our first major offsite event - the Movie Fundraiser at Birch Carroll & Coyle Sunshine Plaza which raised $3700!! We are making this an annual event (next time in July we think) and are now planning for the Opening of the CCC and for a major fundraiser in the form of a Gala lunch or dinner next year. Watch this space as details will start to surface soon.

Thankyou

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Our volunteers are truly dedicated and turn up every day rain, hail or shine (and we have had a bit of rain in the last few months!) to provide the animals in our care with not just the basics of food, water and medications but also to shower the animals with love and companionship...the thing that keeps most of our animals going whilst they wait for their second chance. Without the support of the volunteers and many hours of sheer hard work, the refuge would struggle to operate. We would like to extend a very special thankyou to you all and wish you the best festive season ever! Thankyou for treating our animals as your own and for providing them with a reason to stay happy whilst they wait for their new homes.


This year we saw an ever increasing rise in the costs associated with running the refuge and saving nearly 1000 animals each year. As  a result of this we have revamped our public sponsorship program and introduced a business sponsors program! Sending out a big big thankyou to all of our existing pen sponsors who have renewed their pen sponsorship in December and also to any new members of the public who jumped on board with new pen sponsorships. Your continued support means we can continue to save and care for many many cats and dogs searching for their furever homes on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds.


Thanks also to all of our staff, members and Life members for your continued dedication and devotion to the refuge. Many of you have been with us for over a decade now. We wish you a safe and happy christams with your families and we will see you in the new year!


A very big thankyou going out to katie takes a picture who has been volunteering her time to keep the pictures of our animals flowing for facebook feeds! Big thankyou also to Trudy, one of our volunteers, who keeps our pictures on the website looking so great! Between the two of them we are very lucky to have such talented photographers donating their time! Thanks girls!


We would also like to extend a massive thankyou to the Sunshine Coast community who have opened their hearts and homes to our cats and dogs. They have continued to be an enormous support to the refuge in caring for all of our animals this year, filling up donations bins around the coast, donating towel, toys, linen and money, but most of all adopting our beautiful animals. This year we have rehomed over 400 cats / kittens and over 400 dogs and puppies. So far a total of 856 animals have found homes! This is up nearly 30 animals from last year! 

Education News December

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We would like to extend a big thank you to our education volunteers who have kept the Talking Tails program for junior members running and who threw our first Talking Tails Christmas party on December 7th at the refuge.



Thanks Bec, Mick, Shirley, Felicity and Mary for everything.

On another note we also commenced taking our dogs into some local nursing homes to provide joy and pet therapy to those who cannot have their pets with them. Thanks Sam, Marg and the doggies.

Special mention to dearest Shaggy (the pioneer of the viisits) who sadly passed away recently. RIP Shaggy. 

Around the Dogs in December

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The dog enrichment area finally came to fruition in early November. A big thankyou to the following people and businesses who made this possible; Boom Shankar (Noosa) for the $500 donation, Rosemount Turf for the turf, T&G sand and gravel for the fillers and there were many  members of the public who bought us enrichment toys and things. Thankyou everyone!

It is a well known fact that dogs who spend too much time at the refuge do start to get bored and often lack mental stimulation they would otherwise be exposed to in a loving home environment. This can often lead to behavioural problems. Our volunteers and this yard is making a difference! The dogs have been enjoying the extra stimulation and one on one time they get to spend with our volunteers. A well spent and thought out addition to the dog area. Here are some photos in the Enrichment Yard. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Price for his enormous effort in making this yard a reality. We have decided to show our appreciation by now calling the yard "Brian’s Enrichment Yard". Thankyou Brian!

New Merchandise

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

This year we created our very own Tshirts, key rings, pens and fridge magnets for the public to buy and show their support. Recently we developed our very own christmas cards with four of our cats and dogs featuring as the stars for christmas. All of this merchandise is available now online or in the shop. Click here to view and support the animals over Christmas. We will be expanding our range of merchandise in the new year so keep an eye out! There will be some great gifts, ideal for birthdays and other special occasions. 

Other Doggie News

Monday, December 16, 2013

SCARS purchased a second hand van this year to facilitate a number of things. Amongst them are the following -

  • Long stay dogs going to the beach and local dams (out of refuge time)

  • transport of animals to the specialist vet clinics as required

  • collection of donations, and

  • taking dogs out for guest spots on Hot 91.1 radio.

We also hope that by driving around the 'town' with our newly branded van, more people will become aware of the Refuge and ultimately this will result in increased adoptions and donations to the refuge. We would also like to extend a massive thankyou to Paul and the team from Push Productions who very generously donated most of the branding and signage you can see in the photo and to Cricks Maroochydore who found us the second hand van. Keep your eye out around the coast for us driving the doggies around!


We recently renovated the dog kitchen area as it had been taken over by resident rats and termites! Although it took sometime to get the wall down - the volunteers are much happier with the increased space created by turning two rooms into one. 

Cat Care Centre December

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Cat Care Centre (CCC) is finally completed and our sick cats and kittens will soon be cared for in luxurious surrounds, which will help them to recover from illness a lot quicker. Thankyou to Craig Cleary Constructions who made this possible but also a bigger thankyou to the late Norma Catherine Webb who left us a bequest that made this much needed project possible. Thanks also to the volunteer working party for their time researching and ensuring that the facility is purpose built and state of the art. Cats become easily stressed in a shelter environment and then fall sick quickly. The opening of the CCC means they can recuperate in generous surroundings and this in turn means recovery times are quicker. Here is a picture of the old "sick room" and also a photo of the new CCC! What a difference this has and will make for cats entering the refuge in the future! Yah and about time we say. 

Around the Cattery 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We opened the new Cat Outdoor runs in September. Here are some wonderful photos of our darling cats and kittens enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air. It has certainly been a hit with them all! Each of the runs where the cats live, until they find a home, has access to their own outdoor area and all the runs are now snake proofed as well.

Thanks so much to the dedicated cattery team who have worked tirelessly over the year keeping our cats and kittens, safe, healthy, happy and for finding them homes. We love and admire you all for your dedication. 

New Business Sponsor Program

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Excitingly we saw our first Gold Paws Business sponsor come on board in early December. Thankyou Sunshine Coast Roofing at Maroochydore! This is a fantastic way for local businesses to support the good work the refuge does and also a way for the refuge to share its reach and public audience with the businesses. We hope to have many more businesses come on board in the new year. 

This year we saw an ever increasing rise in the costs associated with running the refuge and saving nearly 1000 animals each year. As  a result of this we have revamped our public sponsorship program and introduced a business sponsors program! Sending out a big big thankyou to all of our existing pen sponsors who have renewed their pen sponsorship in December and also to any new members of the public who jumped on board with new pen sponsorships. Your continued support means we can continue to save and care for many many cats and dogs searching for their furever homes on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds.

Our Proud Sponsors