By now, you’ve probably noticed a lot of new dog-related content popping up on social media in the last few weeks.
Some of it has been from the dog-loving masses, such as the recent announcement of an upcoming dog-themed holiday, but others have been more focused on people interested in donating or adopting dogs.
While we’ve seen a lot more dog-centric content lately, one of the oldest dog charities still running is the Catholic Charities Usa (the charity was founded in 1851) in Sydney.
In recent years, the charity has worked hard to keep the dogs in Australia a top priority.
With that in mind, we spoke to the charity’s president and CEO, Joanne Seddon, to find out more about how dog-friendly charities work, how they got started and where they’re headed.
Joanne Snedon: The Catholic Chararies Usa is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to care for animals and to provide financial and emotional support to animals who have been rescued, abused or neglected.
Our aim is to promote the values of compassion, charity and service.
As such, we work with individuals, groups and organisations who are interested in helping animals and their owners and to support the adoption of dogs.
We’re also able to help people find other people who share their values and values.
We work with organisations in all sectors, from rescue organisations to pet shelters to adoption agencies.
We also support people who wish to adopt a dog.
Our volunteers are mostly volunteers who have adopted a dog from an animal shelter or from a pet rescue.
In some cases, we are able to work with people to help with the adoption process.
Our goal is to keep a close eye on all aspects of our lives.
We have volunteers from across the country working on our behalf.
For example, we have a veterinary nurse who helps our veterinarians with their work, and we also have a social worker who works with the dog owners to provide support and counselling.
Joanne has also helped us to find volunteers who are looking for new ways to engage with people in the community, including through online social media and by contacting people from the media to share their own stories.
How has the organisation grown over the years?
Joanne: The first dog charity I was involved with was in the 1960s, when we were still called the Catholic Veterinary Association of Australia (CVAA).
In the late 1970s, we moved into our current home at the Adelaide Cathedral.
The charity started to grow organically in the 1980s, with some big funding coming from the Victorian Government and the Australian Government.
We were able to support people to adopt dogs through a very small number of adoptions in the early 1990s, but now we have more than 60,000 dogs at the sanctuary.
We do a very limited number of adoption applications each year, so the charity is able to focus on those who are the most in need.
Our work is very different to the pet rescue or rescue groups.
We work with animals and we’re also very involved in the rescue community.
We’ve got some great vets who come in to help out and they give lots of love to animals and are very involved with our work.
We run several rescue groups in Victoria, and have the biggest dog rescue group in the country, which is the Dogs Australia.
In terms of the charity itself, we’ve been running for the past 50 years.
In the early days, the Catholic Charity Usa was very much an old-fashioned charity, with volunteers who lived in the Adelaide area and had a passion for the cause.
We knew that we had to have a strong base in the South Australian community to help the animals we were rescuing.
We found that people were drawn to adoptable dogs because they had the opportunity to adopt an animal, but they didn’t have the financial resources to adopt it.
So, we made the decision to go national and start working in regional areas of the country.
Today, the organisation has a very large network of volunteers and is very active in the area.
We operate in more than 20 countries and we’ve got over 300 adoptable pets in the sanctuary each year.
Our mission is to be a beacon for the animal rescue community to see the true face of the community.
How does the charity support the dogs that it rescues?
Joan: Our main focus is on the animals who are adopted.
We provide financial assistance to the dogs who are rescued and then we assist them in the adoption and fostering process.
We are also involved in fostering the pets in other ways.
We give them some of the toys they may have previously missed, for example, or some other toys that we think would help them bond with the other dogs they will be fostering.
The dogs we foster are mostly male dogs.
They have to be healthy dogs at that stage and we give them lots of affection.
The animals we adopt are very well-behaved and socialised and will become very much part of