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Big Dog Foster Carers Needed

Our Foster Care Program is one of our key projects – providing people with the opportunity to enjoy having a pet in their home without the long term responsibility or financial commitment. While they are in your care, you will get to experience the wonderful aspects of having a pet whilst providing them with a loving short-term home.

We currently have several medium- to large-sized dogs who would benefit from being placed in temporary foster care homes while they wait to find their forever home.  Click here to apply to our Foster Care Program, or

The below video of Herbert demonstrates the benefits to dogs of being able to spend time in a foster care home prior to finding their forever home.  We are pleased to report that Herbert has been adopted and got to spend Christmas in his new home.

Bunjamin, It’s Not Just Dogs & Cats

As Sydney’s only charity pound it’s not just cats and dogs that the Council rangers bring in to us. Last financial year, we welcomed more than 60 rabbits into the Home. Sadly only a handful were reclaimed by their owners, leaving our team to find new loving homes for the remainder.

As with all the lost and abandoned pets that come into our care we try to set them up for success, investing thanks to the community’s support, in providing them with the veterinary treatment and care they deserve. One recent recipient of this support is Bunjamin.

Bunjamin arrived at Sydney Dogs & Cats Home as a stray bunny with a weepy eye. Upon further investigation by our vet team – which included sedation and X-rays, before his desexing procedure – it appeared that Bunjamin had an abscess in the root of his tooth. This infection was causing his eye to weep.

The team put Bunjamin on pain relief and anti-biotics and organised for Bunjamin to see a specialist as dental work on a bunny is difficult and requires an expert with specialist equipment. Further investigation by the specialist revealed that Bunjamin had an elongated tooth root that is likely impinging on the right tear duct. Although the tooth does not need to be extracted at this stage, potentially it will need to be removed in the future.

Bunjamin’s dental disease also involves malalignment and malocclusion, leading to the abnormal wearing of the teeth. The specialist vets have burred-down Bunjamin’s teeth so that they are now wearing normally. However, they have advised that Bunjamin needs regular dental checks and further treatment as required.

The overall prognosis for Bunjamin is positive. With appropriate ongoing care and treatment, he should have a happy, healthy life. And after spending five months in our care, we are excited to announce that Bunjamin was adopted early in the new year.

We currently have three rabbits in our care waiting to find their forever homes. If you are interested in adopting a rabbit or other pet please check out our website.

Watch Nora’s Tale of Transformation

Nora’s New Family

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers, and the generous support of our community, Nora underwent life-saving surgery.  After making a complete recovery we are pleased that Nora was adopted into a loving family in mid-January 2020.

Tiger, A First for Our New Vet Clinic

Tiger, a 9-year-old stray is one of the recent residents of Sydney Dogs and Cats Home to benefit from our new South Strathfield facility, our very own vet clinic.

Picked up and brought into the home, it was immediately apparent to the team that Tiger was not in the best of health and would have been in extreme discomfort. Tiger was suffering from severe dental disease and would require surgery for extraction of many of his teeth.

However, even more concerning was the fact that he presented with his right ear full of pus. Tiger was put under general anaesthesia, and his ear flushed. What became apparent was that Tiger had a mass in his ear. A biopsy was taken and sent off to the pathologist for further investigation.

Thankfully the mass was diagnosed as a benign polyp, but surgery was necessary to remove the growth. Although it was benign, the mass located in Tiger’s middle ear if left untreated could become larger and obstruct the normal flow of secretions through the ears, causing constant pain, damaging the nerve structures and causing a secondary infection.

The surgery Tiger required was called a ventral bulla osteotomy. It is the removal of the polyp from the middle ear along with the middle ear lining, to minimise the risk of recurrence.

Fortunately for Tiger and our team, specialist small animal veterinary surgeon Dr Mark Newman of Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists volunteered his time. Dr Newman performed this successful, skilled surgery and taught our new vet, Dr Michelle Smith, how to conduct such a procedure.

Following the surgery, Tiger was placed into a foster care home to recover before conducting a second surgery to treat his dental disease, which resulted in the extraction of a few teeth.

We’re pleased to report that Tiger – a friendly, smoochy older gentleman – was adopted shortly after Christmas and was able to welcome in 2020 in his new home.

South Strathfield Vet Clinic

The South Strathfield Vet Clinic is currently not open to the public. The clinic is being utilised to perform the necessary veterinary treatment and surgeries for our shelter residents in preparedness for their forever homes. Previously Sydney Dogs & Cats Home and our furry residents were dependent upon the availability of a third party veterinary practice to gain access to equipment and operating facilities to perform the required vet surgeries.

Dorothy – In Care More than 12 Months

The 19th October 2019 marked the one year anniversary of Dorothy’s arrival at Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. Abandoned at a veterinary practice and brought into the Home by the council ranger, Dorothy was in terrible condition.

Estimated to be a six-month-old pup, Dorothy had a serious case of demodectic mange and a terrible skin infection. She was also extremely underweight. Having lost almost her entire coat of fur, nearly every centimetre of her body was red raw, inflamed and covered in scabs, and there was a strong odour emanating from her infected skin.

Thanks to the care and dedication of the team at SDCH, Dorothy made a full recovery, but sadly more than 12 months on Dorothy still has not found her forever home.

As a member of the Getting 2 Zero movement, SDCH doesn’t place a time limit on any animal awaiting adoption. Whilst in the Home’s care Dorothy has been adopted and returned twice. She is currently residing in a foster care home, where SDCH still provides her and her foster care family with support in terms of behavioural consultations, veterinary treatment, and the provision of Hills Prescription Diet Zd Skin and Food Sensitivities dog food.

If you’d like to learn more about Dorothy please check out her full profile here.  Or if you think you can offer our beautiful girl Dorothy a forever home please contact the team on 9587 9611 or email

Goober Now in Sunny Queensland

Goober was found in Marrickville Park in the Inner West Council area and brought into Sydney Dogs & Cats Home in early July. Sadly he wasn't microchipped nor was he wearing a collar. Surely, we thought, someone would be looking for this delightful Shar-Pei boy. However, despite our best efforts and a social media call-out, no one came forward to reclaim Goober.

It quickly became apparent to the team that Goober wasn't enjoying his time at the shelter despite our best efforts to make his stay comfortable. We reached out to our trusted network of foster carers and to local foster-based rescue to no avail. No one was able to take Goober into their home, providing him with a more comfortable environment than the shelter as he sat waiting to be adopted. And sadly no one showed interest in adopting Goober providing him with a forever home.

Finally, after weeks of searching for a positive solution for our boy Goober, we identified a Shar-Pei rescue in Queensland who was able to take him into their foster-based network. However, before we sent Goober off, we needed to ensure we'd done our best to set this boy up for success. As is typical of the Shar-Peis entering our care, Goober was suffering from Entropion. A painful eye condition where the eyelids fold inwards, Entropion results in the lashes continuously rubbing against the cornea of the eye and which left untreated can lead to blindness.

Therefore before sending our boy off, we organised and funded, thanks to our donors' support, Goober's necessary corrective eye surgery and desexing.

Following a successful surgery, Goober returned to the shelter to recover from his procedures. And ten days later, after spending a total of 53 days in our care, we were able to purchase Goober transport on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane and into the welcoming arms of Shar-Pei Rescue.

It is not uncommon for dogs to struggle in the shelter environment like Goober. Therefore we are always looking to expand our capacity to care through our foster-based network. If you think you could offer a shelter dog a temporary home while they wait to be adopted, please click here to learn more about becoming a Sydney Dogs & Cats Home foster carer. 

Alicia, Proof that Cats Have More than One Life

A sweet little cat, who we named Alicia, recently arrived on our doorstep. She came into our care in a terrible state, after being found badly injured on the ground floor of a 13-story apartment block. We assume she had fallen off a balcony.

Seeing she was injured, the resident who found her contacted the local council ranger who quickly brought her into SDCH. Upon her arrival, we organised X-rays which revealed that this still affectionate ball of fluff, had a shattered front leg and a broken jaw.

The team immediately put her on pain relief and organised a surgery to save this girl's life. Due to the severity of her injuries, Alicia's front leg had to be amputated, and her jaw was wired to help the bones align and support the healing process. 

With an estimated cost of her surgery coming to $1,100, our team put up flyers in the apartment block where Alicia was found in the hope of tracking down her owner. Sadly no one came forward to claim this girl. However, thanks to the generous support of our community, we were able to raise the necessary funds required to cover the cost of Alicia's essential surgery.

Following a successful operation, Alicia was immediately placed into foster care with one of our volunteers. In her foster home, Alicia was given round the clock post-operative care and monitored closely. Truly on the road to recovery, Alicia's stitches have now been removed from the site of her leg amputation. In a few weeks, she'll be returning to the vet again to have the wiring from her jaw removed.

According to her foster mum, Alicia purred the entire time while at the vets having her stitches removed. An affectionate smoochy girl even with all the trauma she has experienced, Alicia is now ready to find her forever home. If you are interested in adopting Alicia, please contact the team via the enquiry button on her profile page here.


Zorro’s a Fighter

Three-year-old Zorro arrived at the Home in mid-June.  Although he was microchipped and desexed, we were sadly unable to find this sweet boy's owner, and no one came forward to claim him.

While in care, the team observed that Zorro was exhibiting signs of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). This beautiful, smoochy boy was having difficulty urinating. He would pass frequent small amounts of urine, which were tainted with blood.

FLUTD is a painful and uncomfortable condition. It can also be life-threatening requiring emergency veterinary intervention if the urinary tract becomes blocked.

Thankfully Zorro was safe with us.  Our veterinary team put together a treatment plan for Zorro, which included a special diet of Hills Prescription Diet c/d Urinary Care, pain relief, anti-inflammatory tablets as well as muscle relaxants.  A secondary plan that including blood and urine cultures, X-rays and potential surgery, was also developed should Zorro not respond to the preliminary treatment.  Fortunately, Zorro responded to the initial protocol set up by the vet team and a more invasive investigation/surgery was not required.

And the best news of all our handsome, swashbuckling feline after spending eight weeks in our care and under careful observation is now in his very own forever home -  fairy tale ending for our Zorro.

Five Years Missing

Last month was a little more unusual than most at Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.  Chicko and Merci were both reunited with their respective owners after being lost for years.  Both pooches went missing from their original homes five years ago, and within the space of three weeks, both were picked up as strays and brought into Sydney Dogs & Cats Home.  Chicko and Merci were microchipped and although both owners' original contact details (e.g. phone numbers, email addresses) had changed their mailing addresses thankfully remained the same.  Imagine their shock and delight to receive a notification in the post that after five long years, their beloved pooches were alive and waiting to be picked up and reunited with them.  Share in the tears of joy watching Merci's reunion with her mum here. Also, remember always ensure your pet is microchipped - it's the law in NSW - and keep all your contact details up-to-date.  At Sydney Dogs & Cats Home, our favourite event is a happy reunion!

Senior Pet Project: Gentle Blue

Blue, a sweet, nearly blind 12-year-old Fox Terrier, was found wandering the streets in Mount Pritchard. Not microchipped, Blue was brought straight into our care by a Ranger from Fairfield City Council.

Looking like a decrepit old man, it was evident when he walked there was something wrong. It only took a quick assessment by our dedicated vet team to discover that one of his testicles was abnormally engorged.

Blue, was then rushed straight into emergency surgery as the mass was swollen, descended and painful to the touch. The team was concerned that it may have been a tumour, a twisted testicle or a scrotal hernia.

Once Blue was prepped for surgery, X-rays revealed no evidence of the mass encroaching on his abdomen so a scrotal hernia was ruled out. Explorative surgery confirmed it was an enlarged testicle that was 5x its normal size. Both testes were then removed.

While under anaesthetic, Blue received a much-needed dental and bloods were taken to check for any other underlining health concerns.

Once out of surgery, Blue was put on pain relief and anti-inflammatories and placed into a loving foster care home to recover.  The results from Blue’s blood test indicates that he is at the early stages of kidney disease. 

Thankfully showing no clinical symptoms, Blue is now ready to find his perfect retirement home where he can enjoy his twilight years.

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