The nation’s first canine sanctuary of its kind for orphaned pets, has taken a huge step forward with the purchase of a bush property at Spreyton.
For retired Forth dog trainer, Hannah Foundation Inc. founder, Rita Lynd, it represents a major milestone and the culmination of almost eight years of fundraising but she says there’s still some work to do on the property to get it fenced and ready to take in animals.
“I’m absolutely over the moon it has been such a long road to get to where we are,” Mrs Lynd said.
She said the Hannah Foundation Inc. officially takes over the deed for the site on May 21.
“It’s set on almost a hectare of lovely bush and we need volunteers to help get the block vermin-proof, create lawns and garden beds as well as some walking tracks. We also need a shed and we’re hoping to get a grant.”
The residence will be known as “Hannah’s House” where carers live-in.
“We want a quiet environment for dogs to live in – they will be house dogs,” Mrs Lynd said.
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The aim is to provide a sanctuary for orphaned dogs whose owners have made provisions for their future care in their will. A bequest is registered with the Foundation with details of the dog’s routine, what it likes to eat and do to minimise the stress of the transition.
“I believe it will be the first sanctuary of its kind in Australia where that happens,” Mrs Lynd said.
Dogs spend the rest of their life at the sanctuary in a home-environment.
The Foundation was created after nine-year-old boxer Hannah steadfastly sat by the body of her owner for four days until discovered. Attempts to remove Hannah caused her a lot of anguish and trauma. It took Mrs Lynd months to get her back on her feet physically and emotionally. Hannah's story led to the creation of The Hannah Foundation Inc. to start a sanctuary.
On April 17 a Retro Fashion Parade fundraiser will be held at the Latrobe Town Hall at 1.30pm. Cost $10. Volunteers willing to help get the sanctuary ready can call Mrs Lynd on 0448999758.