For the first time in 71 years, Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (SDCH) is planning its relocation to a new, purpose-built facility, extending their service for Sydney’s lost and abandoned animals—and global animal health company Zoetis is playing their part.
To complete the facility, the animal shelter has embarked on the biggest fundraising journey in SDCH history, with an initial target of $3 million dollars.
To this end, Zoetis has recently donated 10,000 doses of Revolution® flea and heartworm treatment and 1,800 doses of preventive care vaccines to SDCH valued at over $180,000.
“Each year, we have over 3,300 animals come through our doors, and the cost of preventative healthcare is enormous,” said head of Fundraising & Partnerships at SDCH, Amanda Stokes.
“This donation from Zoetis means we will be able to redirect significant funds from our operational costs to our relocation fundraising goal.
“Once built, the new facility will ensure we continue to lead the way in best-practice animal welfare while further developing our programs, which help to enrich the lives of community members in need.”
These include aged and disability care initiatives and programs to benefit youth living with mental illness. SDCH will also expand its rehabilitation program with the Australian Army, which sees injured recruits joining their volunteer program.
“We were extremely fortunate to attend Sydney Dogs and Cats Home in Carlton and see firsthand the amazing work this team is doing for animal welfare and our community,” said Zoetis spokesperson Stephanie Armstrong.
“Every day I work alongside people who are passionate about animal health, and having the chance to see our contribution make a difference to this charity was very rewarding,” she added.