Why we started

The picture above is one of the main reasons Moving Paws Inc was created.

I have worked in real estate ever since I left school, in both property management and sales.  In 2010 I was conducting a final inspection on a rental home and found these 2 gals left in the back yard with a tin of food on the back porch.

I had a good relationship with the tenant and I called and asked if he would be returning to collect his pets.  He was an ordinary, hard working chap and he broke down to me saying he could not find accommodation that allowed pets, he had called shelters and was advised that his dogs would be separated in order to be re-homed and as they were kelpies mixes they would find it harder to find a home.  He couldn’t bring himself to drive them to the shelter, he couldn’t bear to think anymore.  He wanted it to become someone else’s issue.

It did, it became mine.

Roxy and Teesha were delightful, they were a little underweight and unsocialised – but I fed them up and over a period of 2 weeks my brother and sister helped me socialise them and give them basic training.

I emailed all my friends and ask them to share the girls to find them the perfect home TOGETHER.  The email ended up with Amanda Blair on 5AA and I was placed on the radio, within 10 minutes these girls had a wonderful new opportunity to live on a rural farm. The new owners drove to my house and collected them.  It was so hard for me to let them go, but we gave them a second chance (looking back now, I think how much I would have done differently).

From here, I found myself helping colleagues assist their clients with their pets, I helped cats and birds and more dogs.  Then one day my friends said to me, do you know how many animals you are actually helping?  and I really hadn’t thought about it – they said – there clearly is a real need for this in Adelaide.

A friend’s husband was an accountant and for the next 6 weeks we met, we planned, we talked, we discussed and we created – Moving Paws Inc.  Our business plan was written, our aim and our constitution.

I had no idea what was ahead!  I had no idea how hard this gig was going to be, I had no idea the people I would meet, the people I would help, the dogs I would help and how the I became WE.  We, as the team grew, the ideas grew, the need for our organisation grew.

We started assisting high risk dogs in NSW shelters, we saved many, many lives that would never have got that opportunity.  This is where our vision became clearer – we wanted to help the underdogs, the senior and the special needs.

Our reputation grew and we created a working relationship with RSPCASA in 2014, just 3 years into our creation – a dream – to help our own state even more.

Today, we assist many families in Adelaide when they can no longer look after their doggies and assist the RSPCASA with dogs not coping in the shelter environment, together this creates 100% of our volunteer work.

Moving Paws Inc is a dedicated team of doggy loving volunteers – an organisation I am truly proud to be the Founder of.

Debbie Mundy