Category Archives : adoptions

The torment of precautions

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. Napoleon Bonaparte In my other life I sometimes teach emergency risk management. Essentially risk management is a decision-making tool allowing you to map a possible hazard against its likelihood and consequence in order to […]


Doing the sums on pet over-population

The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. S. Gudder 63% of 7.5 million households in Australia have a cat or dog.* That is 4,725,000 households have one or more pets, one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Let’s assume that each […]

11 rules for a successful adopter

I’ve had quite a few people write me saying that they’ve applied for lots of dogs and aren’t having much success in meeting or adopting them. So from a rescue perspective, here’s my rule-of-thumb guide to getting your application in fast and getting your application considered. Feel free to share this or copy and paste […]