COMPLETED: Puppy surrendered at Q/beyan vets, company for other family dogs

Oct 20, 2017

ARF All Members Update – July 2019

Jul 15, 2019

Dear ARF Members

As we look forward to Spring I wanted to give you another 2019 update on the important work of ARF.   ARF has always been about rescuing and rehoming dogs – and we continue to work tirelessly to achieve this.  Everything we do at ARF is focused on the dogs.

Thus far this year we have rescued 59 dogs.  This is a number of which we are immensely proud.   We couldn’t do this without our wonderful foster carers and our fantastic vets.

Now to update on a couple of key ARF activities.

We have just run three very successful stalls, the Million Paws Walk, a Pooch Affair and Christmas in July.

All very important in getting the ARF message out.  Again thanks to all the volunteers who helped make these days a success.

We are nearing the time of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) – where has the year gone?   The AGM will be held on Monday 25 November 2019 at the Dickson Tradies.  You will receive an official notification of the AGM on Monday 14 October 2019.   If you are interested in nominating to be on the Committee, nominations will need to be lodged by 1 November 2019.  As I have said before we are always encouraging members to nominate.

The Committee comprises four office bearers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) and no less than 4 and no more than 6 ordinary Committee members.

As I have mentioned before, we have current vacancies on the Committee.  The Vice President, Jill Craven, resigned in February 2019 and this position is not yet filled.  Pleasingly our call for volunteers saw Bill Marshall join the Committee, bringing us to five ordinary members.

So please consider joining the Committee!

All positions are considered vacant at the AGM so you can nominate for any position you think you can best add value.

Our current and long-standing, Treasurer Dianne Heriot, has indicated she will not be re-standing.  Dianne has made an amazing contribution to ARF and kept our books in order and has steered us to a stable financial footing – she will be extremely difficult to replace – but I am sure there is a member who will have skills that could assist.

The ARF Trivia night is nearly upon us!  It will be held on Saturday 21 September 2019, at 7pm at the Belconnen Labor Club.  If you go to the ARF Website you can purchase tickets online – or click on this link

I look forward to seeing you there – it’s always a lot of fun!

Until next time


Wendy Parsons

ARF President


Dec 31, 2018

ARF Structure as at 1 May 2019


As the year moves on and we enter into the beautiful season of a Canberra Autumn I’m pleased to provide you with our latest ARF happenings.

Foster caring
A reminder of our ARF aims and objectives.   ARF aims to save and improve the lives of dogs in the Canberra region, as well as in surrounding regions, including metropolitan and regional Sydney, by:

  • rescuing and re-homing as many unwanted dogs as possible
  • educating the community about responsible dog companionship
  • working with local pounds to help achieve, develop and implement minimum destruction policies and procedures, and
  • establishing and developing networks of communication for people involved in rescuing and re-homing dogs

Foster carers are at the heart of what we do – they (and this could be you!) are absolutely critical to us achieving our aims and objectives.   If you or anyone you know is interested in fostering – please get in touch with us by emailing

All dogs are assessed before they come into care with ARF. Every week we have assessment teams at Canberra’s Domestic Animal Services and the Queanbeyan pound.   We test in regional pounds also if we rescue from these pounds.  We then do our very best to get the best match between the foster carer and the dog.

Another call for volunteers!
You will recall in February’s update we called for people to think about nominating for the ARF Committee and subcommittees.

Well – we still need you!

There are vacancies on the ARF Committee and two to three additional committee members would be a great addition to the team.

As I mentioned also in my February update, the Committee had feedback from some members who felt that membership of subcommittees needed to be more diverse and include fewer Committee members.  The Committee did not disagree and we implemented immediately that the three current ARF Subcommittees will include less than 50% membership from the Committee.  We put a call out for volunteers for the Rescue, Communication and Governance Subcommittees.  We know people are busy – but I can assure you the subcommittees are not too onerous and are a super way to learn the workings of ARF.   While we wait to see if we can get some additional volunteers we will suspend the Governance subcommittee and focus on volunteers for the Rescue and Communication subcommittees.

It’s easy to get in touch – just email

Our supporters
We continue to be very lucky with our supporters – particularly our vets and I want to pay tribute to the great help and support they give us.   The list of our wonderful vets is here

Just by way of an update, as I mentioned last update SavourLife and Petbarn launched a national campaign raising funds for dog rescue during February. Petbarn stores in the ACT nominated ARF as the rescue group to receive funds.  I’m delighted to report that we have received $7,500 from this initiative.  A wonderful injection of funds to help us with our work.

ARF Membership
Currently we charge a $15 membership fee.  There is quite a lot of administration around collecting this fee, and it’s sometimes an impediment to people joining.  We would rather have more members to get our message out than the small amount we gather from the membership fee.  So from 1 July 2019 we will have no memberships fees – please encourage your friends and family to join us!

Website – Exciting developments
Lastly, we are well on the way to finalising our new look website.  We cannot wait till this goes live – the new look and functionality will make such a difference and allow us to promote our dogs in a far more user-friendly way.   We will also take the opportunity to look at our policies and make sure these are easy to find (and read!); and look at where we might need to develop new policies to ensure the continued good governance of our organisation. For example we don’t currently have a policy for when people provide us with feedback – a policy that notes what we do with the feedback and timelines for people to expect a response.

As you can see there is a lot happening.

Meanwhile enjoy walking your dog(s) in the beautiful Canberra weather and experiencing the glorious colours during Autumn.

Wendy Parsons
ARF President
ACT Rescue & Foster Inc (ARF)


On 4 February, the Committee endorsed the attached letter to Chris Steele MLA, seeking a more effective approach to desexing DAS dogs.  To view the letter click here

The ARF Strategic Plan 2019 has now been finalised.  To view the plan, click here 


Results of the election for the ARF Committee were:

President: Wendy Parsons
Vice President: Jill Craven
Treasurer: Dianne Heriot
Secretary: Susan Black
General Committee Members: Tess Kent, Yana Del Valle, Karen Swan, Helen Shannon,
Di Johnstone, Joyce Webb

(NOTE: Joyce Webb, Karen Swan  and Jill Craven have since resigned from the ARF Committee)

2018 Agenda
2017 ARF AGM Minutes
2018 AGM President’s Report
2018 AGM Financial statements
2018 Financial Information
2018 ARF SubCommittee Reports
ARF Structure



2017 AGM Agenda
2016 ARF AGM Minutes
2016/2017 ARF Financial Statements
2016/2017 Annual Report
2017 ARF Strategic Plan
ARF Risk Management Plan revised 2017



2015-16 ARF Reports
2016 Financial Report as at 30 June 2016
2016 Risk Management Plan Revised 2016
2016 Strategic Plan for 2016 AGM

ARF Social Media Policy 2016
ARF Communication Policy 2016



2015 Agenda
2015 ARF AGM Draft Minutes
2015 ARF Presidents Report
2015 ARF financial Report
2015 Foster Carer  Co-ordinators Report 2015
2015 Communication SubCommittee Report
Risk Management Plan
ACT Rescue and Foster Strategic Plan
Plans Update and Governance SubCommittee
2014-2015 ARF Stats



2014 Agenda
2014 ARF AGM Minutes
2014 ARF Annual Report
2014 Risk Management Plan revised
2014 ACT Rescue and Foster Strategic Plan
2014 ACT Rescue and Foster Strategic Plan with tracking
2014 Risk Management Plan revised 2014 with tracking
2014 Communication Co-ordinators report
2014 Plans Update and GSC
2014 Foster Carer Co-ordinators report
2014 Presidents annual report
2014 Treasurer-Financial Information



13-10-31 ARF AGM Agenda
13-11 ARF AGM Minutes
13-10-31 Annual Report Oct 2013
13-10-31 AGM ARF Treasurers Report
13-10-31 AGM Life Citations
13-10-31 ARF Foster Carer Coordinator Report
13-10-31 ARF President Annual Rport
13-10-31 ARF Public Relations Report AGM
Committee Nomination form for Treasurer – DHeriot
Committee Nomination for Secretary-Helen Shannon

2012 AGM Minutes

ARF Supporters

Feb 17, 2014

ARF acknowledges the generosity of our supporters:

1st Jerrabombera Joeys
The Tradies
Mix 106
Queanbeyan FM

and of course our wonderful vets:

* Bungendore Veterinary Surgery, 112 Molonglo Street, Bungendore. (6238 1133)

* Curtin Veterinary Clinic, 31-35 Curtin Place, Curtin ACT 2605. (02) 6281 0990)

* Gables Veterinary Clinic:
- Monash Clinic: 27 Barraclough Cres, Monash. (6292 4569)
- Karabar Clinic, Karabar Mall, Queanbeyan. (6299 6808)

* Inner North Veterinary Hospital, 71 Ijong St Braddon.(6257 7577)

* Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital, Yass Road, Queanbeyan. (6299 2509)

* Wanniassa Hills Veterinary Clinic, Langdon Ave, Wanniassa. (6231 5112)

* West Queanbeyan Vet Hospital, Urriara Road, Queanbeyan. (6297 5542)

* Weston Woden Animal Hospital, (WWAH), 176 Dixon Drive, Holder (6288 4777)

* Yass Vet Hospital, Laidlaw Street, Yass (6226 4444)