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4 Most Inspiring Animal Stories of 2018

This week we look back and celebrate some of the most inspiring animal and pet-related stories that have come out of 2018. These GoFundMe campaigns were created by several individuals, initiatives and organisations aimed at providing aid and relief to pets and wild animals in need across the nation.

The inspiring campaigns featured this week are an important reminder of Australia’s compassionate spirit and the power of GoFundMe to connect individuals with causes that resonate with them.

The Blueboys Christmas Appeal - Saving dogs before the holidays
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Goal: $100,000
Raised: $114,592 (as of 12 December 2018)
Duration: 5 days (as of 12 December 2018)

Jenny Hall is the owner of the Darren and Phillip (@The_Blueboys on Instagram) brand that has been running for four years now. In that time, Darren and Phillip has successfully raised over $180,000 for rescue dogs through the sales of its yearly calendar, clothing, and Christmas Appeal, run for the first time last year. 

The goal of the appeal is to donate as much money as possible to seven different rescue centers, so they may rescue as many dogs as possible before Christmas. In order for these groups to take in more pups, they need to ensure all finances are secure, with wiggle room for more entries to provide proper care. That’s where GoFundMe comes in, with all funds raised going directly to all seven rescue facilities, and in turn, saving numerous pups before the holidays.

Puppy Farm Rescue and Rehab - Puppy rescue group raising funds for vet costs
Location: Gillieston Heights, NSW
Goal: $20,000
Raised: $20,090 (as of 12 December 2018)
Duration: 7 months (as of 12 December 2018)

In April 2018, four rescue groups in NSW came together to rescue 19 small dogs who were breeding stock at a puppy farm in the Hunter region. Some were unwanted, and others were simply too old to produce litters. All 19 of the dogs are now faced with extensive health issues. Some are suffering from the pain of rotten teeth, infected ears and torn sheaths; while others require severe treatment due to heart murmurs, cancer and even the removal of an eye. Due to their health conditions, some of the pups are unable to move to new homes, and will remain in the love and care of the rescue groups. A GoFundMe was created to raise money for the estimated $20,000 in veterinarian costs for all the dogs- and the goal was reached!

Food for Cows - Farmer needing support to feed her cows
Location: Albion Park, NSW
Goal: $300,000
Raised: $269,338 (as of 12 December 2018)
Duration: 4 months (as of 12 December 2018)

Aussie farmers have been plagued by the drought for over two years now. New South Wales has felt the dry spell the hardest, with 99% of the state in drought, or drought affected. Perhaps most greatly impacted are the animals amongst the farms, with farmers struggling to resource water or feed. Even more devastating, some farmers have been forced to resort to shooting the livestock they can no longer afford to feed. The situation is dire to say the least. 

In desperation to save the cows on her farm, Tarnia turned to GoFundMe for support in raising $300,000. Aussies all over the nation have come together in support of the cows, almost hitting the fundraising goal in just four months.

Calan Horse Sanctuary- Update - Horse sanctuary trying to save more equines
Location: Highbury, WA
Goal: $100,000
Raised: $68,175 (as of 12 December 2018)
Duration: 15 months (as of 12 December 2018)

The Calan Horse Sanctuary in Western Australia is home to 20 ill, rescued, retired or unwanted equine residents. The horses that reside at the Calan Horse Sanctuary are considered high risk – mainly seniors over 20 with medical issues. In recent years, the sanctuary has seen a major increase in horses requiring a home and urgent care in the country. 

In fact, it is estimated that 700 horses per week are slaughtered in Australia. However, as costs continue to rise for feed, vet, dental and general care, the physicality finds themselves unable to take in additional horses. A GoFundMe was created in hopes of raising the funds required to take in as many horses as possible

MEDIA RELEASE, 12th December 2018 

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