Some dog rescue organizations in Australia include PetRescue, the Australian RSPCA and PAWS, which is based in New South Wales. All of these rescues take in dogs in need, including some from the pound that are close to being euthanized. These dog rescues also provide foster homes and have dogs available for adoption.
PetRescue was founded in 2004 with just three volunteers; it rehomed over 200,000 pets in its first decade. The shelter is a not-for-profit organization and is open to all breeds.
The Australian RSPCA is a national organization that works with the federal government to help pets in need, whether it be from owner surrenders or animals removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. The RSPCA had 40 shelters across the country, as of 2015, and takes all kinds of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, livestock, birds, rodents and fish. The RSPCA requires around $80 million annually to stay afloat and much of this comes from donations and fundraising efforts.
PAWS is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on helping dogs in the pound in the New South Wales area. Adoptions fees paid to PAWS go to cover the regular veterinary care the organization gives the dogs, such as providing them with a microchip and vaccinations, as well as registration.