Become a DAS volunteer and help to give dogs a second
Like dogs? Want make a practical contribution to the
welfare of hundreds of dogs in the ACT? Want to enjoy
regular exercise in a bushland setting close to Canberra?
Become a volunteer at Domestic Animal Services (DAS)!!
DAS registers your dog, controls ACT pet laws and encourages
responsible pet ownership though its education programs.
Its shelter in Symonstown has up to 50 dogs at any time.
Around 2500 dogs go through the shelter each year. That
is a LOT of dogs.
Most dogs are strays or have been abandoned by owners.
Some are brought in for re-homing including much loved
pets who cannot accompany owners moving into aged or
inappropriate accommodation, or overseas.
It’s a popular misconception that if owners don’t
turn up to claim their dogs most are enthusansed. But
that is not correct. DAS, helped by wonderful volunteer
dog rescue groups, works very hard to find new homes
for these dogs and the re-homing rate in the ACT is
one of the best in Australia.
When the dogs at DAS get regular exercise and training,
they are less stressed and remain the friendly family
pet they were when they were brought in. And if they
are comfortable with strangers they are more attractive
to potential new owners. DAS tries to keep dogs as long
as possible to find them new homes, but this also means
they need to be regularly taken out and exercised.
This is where the DAS volunteers are a huge help. DAS
rangers have heavy and unpredictable workloads, leaving
little time for exercising shelter dogs. However DAS
has recently instituted a formal volunteer program.
There is already a small and passionate group of volunteers
who exercise the dogs but the program needs many more.
DAS has two exercise yards and a well-marked walking
track. Volunteers usually take out dogs for 15-20 minutes
each. They can schedule for time that best suits them.
The dogs are overjoyed to get out of their pens. They
are delightful, friendly, active and ready to have fun.
Many are ball dogs. Many too just want a cuddle. They
respond immediately and enthusiastically to human kindness.
To be a DAS volunteer you need to like dogs and be
genuinely interested in their welfare; and be at least
17 years old, or be accompanied by an adult. There is
no age limit but you do need to be relatively fit.
As a DAS volunteer you get terrific outdoor exercise
with lovely friendly dogs while making a real and practical
contribution to their prospect of finding caring new
homes. What a really great way to make a difference!!
To find out more contact DAS on 6207-2424 or e-mail