3RD DECEMBER - RELOCATION UPDATE

Temporary Premises – 132 Bangholme Rd, Dandenong South 

After many months of hard work adhering to regulations, it is a pleasure to report that we finally have our full Certificate of Occupancy and approval from Dandenong Council. This means that we are fully operational and are now able to start caring for dogs too.

The dog kennel designs were tweaked to incorporate the research gained by the team from their trip to the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The changes we have made will benefit the mental well-being of animals that come into our care in an aim to reduce length of stay periods.

Once construction activities ceased, an earnest clean up of the premise begun and the staff were happy to showcase the temporary home on December 2nd at our Christmas Market Day.

Perry Rd - Subdivision 

Anyone driving past in recent times would be impressed by the heavy machinery working hard to prepare the site of our new facility. Work started in September and since then, the progress is obvious every day. First to go sadly were over 40 trees along with the blackberries and gorse bushes. The next stage was taking down the infrastructure like the house and sheds. Recent work has focussed on bringing in the required fill and this is progressing quickly. 

Prior to the Christmas shut down, Sandridge Roads are aiming to have completed the bulk of the fill, sewer connectivity, water mains, capping layer of the road and the roadside gutters. The final activity is the pouring of the asphalt and this will occur in mid-February. Allowing for the paper work process, we hope to have the Permit of Subdivision by the end of April 2019. 

 works are underway at our Perry Rd site

works are underway at our Perry Rd site

Perry Rd – Construction of the new premises 

Two members of our team are heading to Brisbane to tour a newly built animal shelter and gain knowledge and helpful insights regarding the transition, design, and building processes.

The target is to then finalise the design, create the necessary documentation for council approval and be ready to start construction as close as practical upon receiving the Certificate of Subdivision. 

 start imagining the new facility

start imagining the new facility

Megan Seccull
2018 CHRISTMAS MARKET DAY

What a successful and uplifting day the Christmas Market was. Not only did we raise more than eleven thousand dollars for the animal shelter, but also the community turnout reassured us that we have done the right thing by keeping our doors open whilst the new facility is being built. 

From 10am-3pm we had a wonderful showing from the community with their furry friends come and enjoy tours of the temporary facility, get their pet photos with Santa, socialise with the cats, check out the buns and pigs room, eat the gourmet vegan food and sip ethically sourced coffee, and wonder around the market stalls. We got lucky with the weather too, having only a few drops of rain and gusts of wind. 

 a beloved furry friend getting a photo with Santa

a beloved furry friend getting a photo with Santa

The hamper, raffle, and silent auction stalls were very popular and we appreciate everyone who donated items towards them. 

The wonderful Dianne giving a blessing of the animals made the day even brighter. She had quite a lively crowd of dogs gathered around, some noisier than others, but most hanging on every word and when it came time to sing Christmas carols the four-legged choir howled along, somewhat in tune. 

 Dianne blessing the dogs

Dianne blessing the dogs

The day was topped off with a dynamic doggy parade with awards given to the oldest AAPS dog, best trick, best-behaved dog, best-dressed dog, bravest dog, and look-a-like dog and owner. 

 the dynamic doggy parade getting underway

the dynamic doggy parade getting underway

A big thank you to the staff and volunteers for their time and the amazing effort they put in towards making this day happen.

Lastly, we would like to thank the community for their support during our time of transition. The market day support proved the work we do within the community is invaluable and we are glad to be able to continue helping animals in need of our care.   

Megan Seccull
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: OUR JOURNEY FORWARD

Noah was engaged both day and night in feeding and caring for the animals, and did not sleep for the entire year aboard the ark. 

Now, we aren’t saying that we’re akin to Noah, but we are setting ourselves an ark like task of building a new animal welfare facility on land purchased on Perry Road, Keysborough that will speak to all walks of life. Its major focus will be on the animals that need our care.

We have this incredible vision and, like a dog with a ball, we are chasing it. "What if” is not in our vocabulary. To us, it’s also not a matter of building just an animal shelter; it’s a matter of building a facility that will benefit the wider community. 

Our dream is big and along with comfortable pens to house cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and all other animals in need, we will create outdoor areas for training and nourishment.

It costs a lot to care for all the animals and as a not-for-profit organisation we rely heavily on donations from the public to carryout our good work. We know it’s not viable to continue like this, therefore, at our new place we will set up a vegetable garden to grow some of our own food and plan to install solar panels and water tanks. 

Preparations and works for this new facility on Perry Road are underway and we are fully aware that we need to generate income for future years, so we are hoping to build in possibilities for this purpose along the way. 

You may be wondering how we got to this point, it has been and will further be one of the most challenging things we are going through, but we wouldn’t change it. We strive to make a difference in our community everyday and we relish the opportunity to extend our reach.

The journey towards this new animal safe haven began in years previous and you can follow our way forward on our Facebook page and website.  

“Protecting animals, changing lives”, is our mission statement and we are dedicated in continuing to make a difference in the community.    

Megan Seccull
17 SEPTEMBER - ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!

OUR TEMPORARY HOME NEARS COMPLETION

We have endured some hectic and exciting times over the past few months preparing our temporary home, 132 Bangholme Road, to be fit for animal and human habitation. Despite the former factory being the best fit as our temporary shelter it has presented some complexities. Currently, we are working on getting the drainage, ventilation, and temperature control up to Animal Shelter Code of Practice Standards, whilst also meeting various Building Regulations and Council Permit conditions. These requirements are close to being completed and we expect to be fully operational and housing animals in need of care in the near future.

PERRY ROAD PROJECT IS UNDERWAY

In further exciting news the journey towards our future home at Perry Road is underway. Sandridge Roads Pty Ltd outbid four other companies for the right to undertake the civil works on site. It is hard to envisage the scale of works required but according to Melbourne Water specifications we are required to raise the 15 acres by one metre so ground water run-off is controlled. Works are scheduled to take a number of weeks and will see us to February 2019 as a minimum. 

Our Subdivision Permit (the breakup of our title into six smaller lots) has been endorsed by Council. Once the above-mentioned works have been completed, the relevant authorities and Dandenong Council will apply their checks and balances before issuing the final Plan of Subdivision (POS). We are hoping for this around Feb/March 2019. The POS is required prior to the commencement of any building works.

Dandenong Council issued the Planning Permit for the construction of our new home earlier this year. This came with 13 pages of conditions, which the Committee of Management, our relocation manager, and our architects Therian Pty Ltd are working through as quickly as possible to get endorsed. Once this is done, we will enter the tender process phase to select the right builder.

We are committed to keeping you up-to-date with our progress. If you would like to learn more specific information feel free to contact our relocation manager Scott via email: relocation.manager@aaps.org.au

Megan Seccull
OUR TEMPORARY SITE HAS OPENED!

AFTER 40 YEARS, OUR SHELTER HAS MOVED

The compulsory purchase of our former site in Keysborough, by the Department of Education, lead us to purchase a new site. The Keysborough site was closed on June 30th 2018 and as the newly acquired land, in Perry Road Dandenong, is not yet habitable we are currently operating from a transitional site.

We are aiming to build a new shelter on the land we have purchased, which will be able to house double the amount of animals we currently save every year. This new shelter is still in its planning stages and due to the required vacation of our Keysborough site, we have since obtained a temporary facility that will allow us to continue to operate until our new home is finished. This temporary facility is located in Bangholme Road, Dandenong South.

Unfortunately, due to zoning restrictions we were unable to relocate our outpatient vet clinic and as such this will be closed until we move to our final home in Perry Road.

At present, we are working closely with council to ensure we meet all requirements for both sites and we appreciate your support during this difficult and ever changing process. We will continue to keep you up to date with all of our relocation news via this page. Questions are always welcome and we aim to be completely transparent during this challenging time. You are welcome to contact our committee via email: president@aaps.org.au or via phone: 9798 8415.

WHAT OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE

Our final home in Perry Road will be a sanctuary, not just a shelter. A place where animals will have their lives turned around. A place where they are loved, warm, and we can find them a 'forever' family. Our new home will double our capacity and allow us to save twice as many animals as we can now.

Our mission has been to never turn an animal away and this new facility will allow us to continue to provide an open door policy for our community and the animals who need us.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Our biggest hurdle is raising funds. As a not-for-profit, self funded animal shelter we rely on the kindness of our supporters in helping deliver the best for all animals that fall under our care. Donations will help us build the sanctuary we are so desperate to deliver the community andmost importantly, help us save the lives of many animals every year. Our vision is big and achievable but we need your help.

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Megan Seccull
JUNE 28th - WE HAVE MOVED!

WE DID IT, OUR HOMELEIGH ROAD SHELTER IS EMPTY

We are so thrilled to announce that all of our animals are now either in homes, foster or rescue placements and our shelter is empty and ready to finalise our move. We can not express enough, our gratitude to all those that helped us and for the tireless efforts of our staff and volunteers to make this happen. So many animals are now in loving families, or in foster or rescue awaiting a loving family to call their own.

To all of the families who adopted, the amazing foster carers, incredible rescue groups and other animal shelters who joined with us and helped us reach this point, we are forever grateful.

As of Friday 2pm we lock the gates and say farewell to our Homeleigh Road site. Our new temporary shelter is a hive of activity and we are settling in as quickly as we can.

Please note that all operations from the Homeleigh Road site will cease as of Friday, however our phones will continue to be operational (albeit diverted initially) from our new site, so there will be someone to answer or return your call if you need us.

The new temporary shelter at 132 Bangholme Road, Dandenong South will be open in the coming weeks and we will keep you updated with all of our progress. If you need any help, please contact us via phone 9798 8415, email or via facebook message.

Farewell Homeleigh Road and here is to the next chapter.

WE WILL REOPEN IN THE COMING WEEKS AT: 132 BANGHOLME RD, DANDENONG SOUTH

UNTIL THEN YOU CAN CALL US ON: 9798 8415

Megan Seccull
MAY 22nd – RELOCATION UPDATE!

ANIMALS IN URGENT NEED OF HOMES

Our Animal Shelter is relocating and 126 animals currently in our care need to be placed into homes by 20th June 2018. From today until June 20th all adoption fees will be halved.

Our current shelter at Keysborough has been acquired by the Education Department and although we have purchased a new property to develop, it won’t be ready in time to meet the deadline when we have to vacate. A temporary location has been found however due to all the Council requirements that we need to conform to, we are greatly concerned we may end up with a number of animals and no place to house them.

With your help we are hoping to find homes for approximately 100 cats and 26 dogs. We need help to put a call out far and wide for foster carers, rescue groups and the general community to step forward and offer either temporary or permanent homes for these lovely animals.

A new Committee of Management was elected 12 months ago and was charged with the enormous task of moving the entire shelter by June 30th this year. It soon became apparent that the site purchased in Perry Road, Keysborough would not be ready in time, so the search began for a temporary site. After visiting all manner of properties in the Dandenong area, each with their own logistical problems, we finally found a temporary home that ticked most of the boxes and we rejoiced.

We expected a few problems in readying this site for animal use, however not the roller coaster ride we’ve endured. We now have 6 weeks to go until we have to move and although on the threshold of Council signing our permit, we will still have to fit out the property with pens and facilities to care for the animals to be housed there.

We cannot risk having animals and no place to take them.

The Australian Animal Protection Society is a not for profit organisation that receives no government grants but relies solely on donations to operate. AAPS have never refused to accept an animal into its care and have worked tirelessly over the last 40 years to give shelter and a future to thousands of animals.

We intend to continue this work once we are settled into our temporary site at 132 Bangholme Road, Dandenong South but we just have to ensure the animals currently in our care are safely settled elsewhere and request your help to facilitate this outcome.

If you can adopt, please visit, if you can’t – please share, if you are from a rescue group or are interested in fostering please call our office on 9798 8415.

For any questions, or if you would like to discus this with us further please contact our committee on president@aaps.org.au

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Megan Seccull