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Big thanks from big dogs.

July 19, 2019
Big Love for Big Dogs


UPDATE.  Excellent news! 34 large dogs found loving homes during our ‘Big Love for Big Dogs’ campaign, which ran from June 29 to July 14.

 Huge thanks to everyone involved for helping to achieve these great outcomes.

During the promo, dogs over 20kgs had their adoption fee reduced to $95.

Here are just some of our big fellas who found loving homes.

No matter the size, one thing’s for sure– the love of a dog is unconditional.

Pooch lover Joe Lombardo argues the bigger the package, the bigger the love.

“I adopted my Kelpie-Cross Merlin from The Lost Dogs’ Home last month and I’m already so attached!” smiles 26-year-old Joe.

“If anyone is considering a dog, I’d strongly recommend a large dog, you get twice the amount of love and cuddles.

“Merlin is so loving, curious about everything and always wants to play. I take him for a walk twice a day. I’ve definitely become more active.”

Adoptions attendant Shelby Goodwin says the most common breeds of large dogs at The Lost Dogs’ Home are Bull Arab, Bull Mastiff and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mixes.

“Large breeds are sometimes dismissed simply due to their size, but big dogs have big hearts, big personalities, lots of love to give,” says Shelby.

“Some are gentle giants who are couch potatoes, some will motivate you to get out and exercise, regardless they are all special in their own way.

“They are patient and playful dogs and, when matched perfectly, can make for a wonderful companion and a family pet.”

Senior Behaviour Trainer Jade Currie says while a higher level of care is needed for large dogs, it’s also more rewarding.

“Some of the dogs coming into the shelter will require extra time and patience from their new owner,” says Jade.

“Here at The Lost Dogs’ Home, we offer ongoing support after adoption, new adopters have the opportunity to enroll in group classes or private behavioural consultations with a qualified positive reinforcement behavioural trainer.”

Normal adoption requirements still apply to ensure all dogs and owners are suitably matched.

Dogs stay at The Lost Dogs’ Home for as long as it takes to find a home, but we’d love them to find a cosy, warm home with you this Winter.

As part of the adoption process, all  dogs at The Lost Dogs’ Home are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and up-to-date with flea and worming treatments.

This special adoption promotion is for adult big dogs only and does not include puppies.

You view our big dogs here or meet them in the fur at our North Melbourne adoption centre at 2 Gracie Street.

The Lost Dogs’ Home North Melbourne shelter adoption hours are: 10am – 5.45pm Monday to Thursday, 10am – 4.45pm Friday, Saturday 9am-3:30pm and Sunday 9am-12:30pm.