Every Year in Australia over 180,000 healthy and rehomeable dogs and cats are killed in Australian Pounds.

We are a Registered Victorian Animal Welfare Charity operating as a Community Foster Care Network making a difference to those statistics.

We offer wonderful family companions for adoption, dogs that have saved from being killed in Victorian pounds.

Welcome to the dedicated volunteer community of Starting Over Dog Rescue.

a rescue dog

Fostering a rescue dog involves taking in a dog that has been rescued from a shelter or other precarious situation and providing a temporary home and care until a permanent adoptive family is found.
As a foster parent, you will help the dog acclimate to a home environment, provide basic training and socialisation, and give them plenty of love and attention.
Fostering a rescue dog is a rewarding experience that can make a huge difference in the dog’s life, as well as the lives of the adoptive family who will eventually welcome them into their forever home. It’s a great way to give back to your community and make a positive impact on the lives of animals in need.

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a rescue dog

By choosing to adopt a dog from Starting Over Dog Rescue, you’re not only giving a loving home to a furry friend in need, but you’re also helping to save more lives.
In Australia, tens of thousands of dogs are surrendered every year, and by adopting one of our dogs, you’re helping us to continue our mission of rescuing and finding homes for these precious animals.
It’s a win-win situation – you get a new companion, and you help us to make a positive impact in the world of animal welfare.

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and support us

Your generosity will enable us to provide ongoing care for dogs in our care, and ultimately, help us to rescue and support more dogs in need. Your support is invaluable to us, and it’s the foundation of our ability to make a positive impact in the lives of dogs and their human families.

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we welcome you

Our rescue organization welcomes volunteers who are passionate about supporting our mission.

Whether you’re interested in assisting with fundraising events, dog transportation, or other associated duties, we would be grateful for your help. If you have a particular skill that you think could be beneficial to our rescue efforts, we would love to hear from you.

Your time and expertise are invaluable to us, and your contributions will make a significant impact on the lives of the dogs we rescue and care for. Thank you for considering volunteering with us.

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