How We Help

Every year at Furry Down Under, we hold a charity auction; the proceeds of which are donated to Fresh Start Rescue, to assist with rescuing animals from shelters, fostering them, and giving them a new forever home.

About Fresh Start Rescue

Fresh Start Rescue is a committed group of animal lovers who hope to make a real change in the number of companion animals put to sleep in pounds and shelters across the state each year.

We are based in Brisbane, Queensland but have a network of foster families and volunteers across the state’s south east, including the Northern and Southern suburbs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley.  

We do not have a shelter facility.  All of our pets live in loving foster homes while they wait to be adopted.  Once we accept a dog or cat into foster care, we keep them for as long as it takes to find that perfect forever home.  We don’t give up!

Our organisation is 100% volunteer powered!  We do not receive any government funding or big business sponsorship.

Our greatest expense is veterinary fees, which are often thousands of dollars each month.  We manage to pay our generous veterinary practices with money raised from fundraising events, donations and the adoption fees paid for our animals.  After those vet costs are paid, there is very little profit left from the sale of each pet, if any, and many that have had pre-existing medical needs are adopted out at a large loss.

Our priority is to rescue dogs and cats from overflowing local and regional pounds and shelters.  Many of these animals only have days, sometimes hours, to live even though they are perfectly healthy, happy family pets.  They have become lost and remain unclaimed, or are surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.

Every year 250,000 companion animals are euthanised in Australia.  Please make a donation, big or small, to help us continue saving lives across Queensland.

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