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Our Ambassadors

Our incredible ambassadors generously give up their time to support and promote the work of The Lost Dogs’ Home and give a voice to vulnerable cats and dogs. We’re lucky to have passionate animal lovers who raise awareness about animal shelter and adoption and help us to give a voice (and homes!) to animals.

Sharnelle Vella

Our newest ambassador is Sharnelle Vella, state political reporter for Channel 7. We are thrilled to have her on board to help us raise awareness of important issues for our animals. Sharnelle has had a special connection to The Lost Dogs Home with her godfather Arthur Cachia working at the shelter for 53 years, leading facilities and operations.


Dr Shane Huntington OAM

Shane is a strategy expert at The University of Melbourne, consultant and hosts the 3RRR program ‘Einstein a Go Go’ – and he’s a newly converted cat lover! Despite being sceptical, he let his family convince him to adopt Tilly, and later Dax, from The Lost Dogs’ Home during the height of kitten season and he hasn’t looked back. He says the experience has been “transformative” and he now advocates to help get stray cats off the streets.

Mike Larkan

For more than 15 years TV personality Mike Larkan has been finding loving homes for hundreds of dogs and cats through his work on Network Ten’s Give a Dog a Home program. Mike inspires families across Melbourne to adopt and change the life of a deserving shelter pet. His program is especially helpful giving extra exposure to dogs who aren’t always the first choice with adopters, such as senior citizens and larger breeds. His work continues as a longstanding ambassador for The Lost Dogs’ Home.


Anna Murphy

Comedian and radio host Anna Murphy is a committed pet lover and owner. She has had a menagerie of pets all her life and wants more people to consider offering a pet in need a home. The JOY 94.9 Breakfast host uses her program, which she presents with her pet-loving brother Dean, to raise awareness about animal welfare, adoption and the benefit of animals for human mental and physical health.