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.

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. 

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.

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