Helping the dogs that no one else can has become a daily occurrence for Puppy Tales Rescue and Rehoming in Merrimu, west of Ballarat.
Since 2012, owner Kerrie Gebert has assisted 1,500 animals, many surrendered by bigger animal organisations unable to pay medical costs.
“We have a staffy named Kesha who was having seizures, and we put our hand up to take her on,” she said.
“It took us $12,000 to work out the issue, and most other groups would not have pushed the investigation, but with the right medication she’s happy and healthy.”
The charity will receive a slice of more than $70,000 of pet food destined for Ballarat shelters from Mars Petcare Australia to help them through winter.
“It is absolutely huge, a lot of our funds are focused on our medical costs, so donations like this means we don’t have to think about food,” Ms Gebert said.