About the shelter
Founded in late 2014 by Lea Ash and Doug Henderson, Dunroamin is a private rescue that started servicing mostly across the Riverina and Snowy regions to as far as Walgett and Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. It accidentally began when the couple rescued Penny, an escapee cat from the Wagga Pound that had given birth to five kittens. Since then, Dunroamin has rescued and rehomed hundreds of cats and dogs across Australia. The organisation is fortunate to have the full support of the Walwa Veterinary Practice headed by veterinarian David Hall. Walwa’s vets look after domestic animals from all over New South Wales and Northern Victoria from Dunroamin, as well as from other NSW rescue groups such as Riverina Rescue and Canberra Pooch.
All animals rescued or surrendered to Dunroamin are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, and treated for fleas and worms. The organisation runs an active desexing program together with a number of vet practices in the area, mostly for cats. Dunroamin’s rescued animals live both locally and interstate, with some travelling to their permanent homes all the way to Melbourne and Geelong in Victoria, Townsville in Queensland, and Perth in Western Australia. Enquiries for adoption may be made through their website by sending them an email or by filling out their online application form. Their adoption form asks questions pertaining to the future living environment of the animal, any current and previously owned pets, the current residents of the household, the period of time that the pet will be left alone, and the size of the yard and if it is enclosed.
All available pets can be viewed on Dunroamin’s page on the PetRescue website. Their active Facebook page features photos of their available rescues, as well as content from supporters and people who have adopted their animals from locations all over Australia. Their Facebook page also features their “resident rescue legend” Rusty. Rusty was a malnourished, injured (he had two crushed hind legs) dog covered in ticks and fleas when a local ranger rescued him. Placed at the Walgett Pound, Lea and Doug were on holiday in Tasmania when they had become aware of his plight. Rusty was then brought under the care of vet David Hall and was given a second chance at life. These days, Rusty lives at the acreage at Dunroamin where he often lounges on his trampoline bed in front of the fire.
- Dunroamin helps domestic animals that have found themselves abandoned or surrendered in council pounds, or placed on death row.
- The organisation takes them in, provides veterinary care, lots of love, and training until they each find a permanent family.
How you can help
As a volunteer-run organisation, Dunroamin accepts donations both monetary and material. They host regular adoption days in conjunction with PetStock Lavington. Any enquiries regarding adopting, fostering, donating, and volunteering can be done through their Contact – Get In Touch page.