Pet project: Crowdfunding animal care

In late 2015, the story of a young British Bulldog called Brooklyn captured hearts everywhere. Brooklyn needed four operations to repair problems with her urethra and uterus and was given a second chance at life through surgery at the University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

The story doesn’t end there: Brooklyn became a video sensation. With a camera strapped to her back she raced through the veterinary hospital, introducing the world to the place and the amazing people who’d saved her.

The video inspired 217 donors to contribute through the University’s crowdfunding platform, raising $11,037 for the Animals in Need Fund – more than double the target.

The Animals in Need Fund helps ensure owners in need can pay for their sick or injured animal’s veterinary care.

The fund also supports homeless animals to find loving new homes. Ranger was found as a puppy in rugged bushland, starving, dehydrated and with severe injuries.

Thanks to the Animals in Need Fund, Ranger is now a healthy and happy puppy who’s been adopted by the Dogs for Diggers program. He’s hoping one day to become a therapy dog for soldiers returning from Afghanistan or Iraq.

Since the Animals in Need Fund was established in 2012, more than 570 donors have contributed a total of $32,000. The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital can now provide specialist treatment to one animal per fortnight as a direct result of donor support.