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Stop The Clock – Abolishing Victoria’s 28 Day Rule of Shelters

November 4, 2010

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It is with great pleasure to alert our supporters about a change that is in the air. As you know, we have been long standing advocates for animals for nearly 100 years.

If you don't like something about the rules, you make your thoughts known. Dr Graeme Smith and The Lost Dogs' Home is getting behind a new but important initiative, that will help us achieve our goal to re-home every healthy and safe pet.

The Lost Dogs' Home acknowledges the consequence of the arbitrary time frame of 28 days, under the Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds (Vic).

This time frame does directly impact on the euthanasia of animals that are not re-homeable, with appropriate interventions, in the 28 day time limitation. This law inadvertently prevents surgery where the recovery is longer than 28 days.

From a behavioural perspective, where it is possible to achieve change, such as timidity (including fear biting) where dogs can do harm, or other socialising issues, it may take longer than 28 days to modify these behaviours. Dogs in this category may be euthanised when they are not adoptable by the 28th day.

We therefore endorse a change to the Code regarding the 28 day limitation period. Visit for more information.

Dr Graeme Smith OAM
Managing Director
The Lost Dogs’ Home