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McGraths Hill
Saturday 6th March

We desperately need 4-5 more volunteers to help with this Fundraiser between 12pm-4pm.

Please contact
ASAP, if you can help!

No prior experience necessary!
We held our last Bunnings BBQ for the year on 11th December at McGrath’s Hill.  Thank you to all our enthusiastic volunteers that assist with these major fundraisers for DCH.
Saturday 13th March 2021

PETstock have decided to proceed with an adoption day this year. It will be a Covid safe event with only 1 rescue group per store.  

DCH Volunteers & Kittens for Adoption will be at PETstock Rouse Hill and PETstock  Dural.
So if you would like to meet some of our amazing foster carers and their charges, please come along and say hello.

More info HERE
DCH horses urgently need foster carers located in Greater Sydney.  Fostering involves taking the horse to your home until a permanent home can be found.
Basic must haves for carers are:
  • experience with a variety of horses
  • own at least one other horse
  • time and finances to support an extra horse
  • have the space available 6 months to over a year
  • not be moving properties in the near future
If you think you may be able to help or require more information,
please phone 1300-88-93-40
Tiny is ready for Adoption

We don’t know why this lovely mare has not been snapped up.  Tiny has been through a lot: starvation, abuse and neglect.  Happily, she has blossomed in DCH's car and will continue to gain trust in people in the right home.

She can be a bit feisty in the paddock and is dominant with other horses and around food.

Tiny has loads of personality! 

She is very smart and will learn quickly from a patient, kind and understanding handler. 

Tiny is very inquisitive and is now good to catch, groom and worm.  Hoof trimming is still a bit difficult.  
Tiny suffers from QLD itch and would benefit from living in an itch free area (not coastal).

Tiny has been in care for over a year.  She requires an experienced home to further her education.
  • Breed:Mixed breed
  • Gender: Mare
  • Estimated Age: 14 years and 10 months
  • Colour: Red roan
  • Size: 13.3hh.
  • Adoption Price: $400
  • Location: Hills District
DCH had this lovely Flemish Giant rabbit called Luna surrendered to us just before Christmas.  She settled in well to foster care and her carer thought she would make a great pet for a family who like the big breed bunnies and can spend time cuddling her, as she is a very affectionate girl.
Luna was  adopted recently and is settling in well with her new family, enjoying inner city living with her special forever person. 
Olive was bought into a local council pound by the RSPCA. She was suffering from a mammary tumour, a hernia, severe dental disease, bilateral dry eye and yeast infection.
Once we got her into DCH care she spent a day at Kellyville Ridge Veterinary Hospital being tested and starting a treatment plan.  She had several x-rays taken and had blood works.  From examination of the x-rays, her mammary tumour was not impacting her chest or lungs.  Her blood work was within normal limits so there were no signs of anything else going on in her body from the tumour.
Olive was booked into her first surgery on Thursday 17th December where her mammary lump was removed.  She then needed to heal up over the Christmas break and into the new year before the hernia was tackled with another surgery.  She also received a new eye treatment to help address the eye condition and continued on medicated shampoos to help address her skin.
Olive had a successful surgery at Kellyville Ridge Veterinary Hospital who took special care of our lovely patient.  Her large mammary lump was surgically removed.  It was a large firm tumour and she was in surgery for about an hour and half to remove it which was difficult due to the size of the lump.  She had approximately 14 stitches to close the wound and needed lots of rest to recover from surgery.  The lump was sent off to the lab for analysis and was thankfully benign.  She came out of the surgery well and was happy and wagging her tail.
Olive has been enjoying her time in care with her foster mum Lillie and her fur siblings!  After a great Christmas filled with love and treats Olive has been to the vets who are so happy with her wound recovery.  Her stiches have held and she has healed beautifully.  She has gained weight and is absolutely loving life!
Olive is learning how to walk/run properly again after having the huge mass removed which was dragging on the ground.  With that behind her she’s zipping around like never before.

Big Thanks to Olive's carer, Lillie, who has put in so much love and effort into her care and a massive Thank You to the Staff at Kellyville Ridge Vets.
Olive's Vet costs have come to $3318 which has been heavily reduced by our amazing vets at Kellyville Ridge.  We have so far had an amazing $1850 donated towards Olive's vet costs.
If you would like to sponsor Olive or assist with her vet costs, please see the secure donation links HERE
Success Story


Mittens is in his forever home and we are head over heels in love with him.  

Thank you so much to DCH Animal Adoptions and to the lovely foster carer Karen for all that you’ve done for him and continue to do for these beautiful animals every single day.

We would like to give a big thank you to the North Rocks Vets for their Christmas Appeal. 
DCH was overwhelmed with donations and would like to thank everyone who contributed in making this appeal such a success.
Sponsorship needed for Mocha
This beautiful ragdoll, Mocha, was rescued from the pound and taken into DCH care last month. Nothing was known about her background but she was quite underweight and rather timid. 

Her carer saw that her mouth was clearly bothering her so took Mocha to the vet who immediately undertook extensive dental work to make her comfortable and able to eat properly.  No wonder she was so skinny, poor girl. 

Anyway, Mocha is happily eating now, and enjoying the large and nutritious helpings she is being offered!
Mocha’s dental bill amounted to $700.  As our ability to raise essential funds to cover vet expenses has been substantially reduced this year due to the cancellation of fundraising events - which are a critical source of our income - we would appreciate any amount you may be able to pay towards this large veterinary bill.
You can help sponsor Mocha HERE
Donations over $2 are tax deductible
Gucci was adopted in October and has just spent his first Christmas with his new family.  He's pictured here inspecting his presents.
Volunteer eBay Helper Needed
DCH has a large box of new items (dog clothes, etc.,) donated for us to raise funds via sale on eBay (or Gumtree or Facebook).

Do you have the experience and time to do online listings and manage posting of sold items?

If so, we’d love to hear from you - please contact Megan at

Travelling dogs bring killer dog disease into NSW

Chris McClennan / Illawarra Mercury

SPREADING FAST:  Dog owners across Australia are being advised to check their dogs for ticks and maintain a tick control program.  The killer dog disease ehrlichiosis has been found in New South Wales for the first time.  The disease, which often proves fatal for dogs, was found in dogs brought into the state from the Northern Territory where it has spread fast.

Ehrlichiosis (E. Canis is spread by the common brown tick with infected ticks discovered recently in South Australia as well.
It was first found in Australia only last year and has already killed hundreds of dogs across the top of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.  There have been some national biosecurity moves to close borders to dog movement but that response remains under investigation.
Ehrlichiosis causes fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, abnormal bleeding, pain and weight loss and, if not quickly treated, death.  The bacteria ehrlichia canis was first detected at Halls Creek and Kununurra in the WA back in May and was then found in Katherine NT in June.


Dog owners are advised to maintain an effective tick control program and avoid taking dogs into tick-infested areas where possible.
Success Story - Lily

This is the beautiful and ever so sweet Lily.  A street cat with 4 gorgeous kittens.  Lovingly cared for by DCH volunteer, Julie.  All kittens were re homed and now Lily is settling in with me. The first photo is her face when she was rescued, the second was taken recently.
Thank you so much for all that your organisation does. I will love Lily and spoil her, because she is THE QUEEN of all she surveys, forever.
Huge shout out to Julie. Thank you so much for your love and care and patience with Lily and her babies

Vaccinate pet rabbits ahead of feral rabbit control program

Hawkesbury Gazette
Rabbit owners in the Hawkesbury are being urged to vaccinate their pets before a new feral rabbit control program rolls out on February 17.

Led by Greater Sydney Local Land Services with the support of major landholders, local councils and environmental agencies, the program will see the release of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus known as RHDV1-K5 (RHDV) throughout the region.

The virus will be released throughout Greater Sydney including Grose Vale, Kurrajong, Maraylya, Riverstone and North Richmond.  Surrounding Hawkesbury areas include Rouse Hill, Annangrove, Kenthurst and Katoomba.


"The virus is spread mainly by contact between rabbits or via insects such as mosquitos and flies, meaning it can travel significant distances. Importantly, RHDV doesn't affect any other animals and if domestic rabbits are vaccinated, they become immune to it."

For more information contact:
Greater Sydney Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.

Dog Foster Carers Needed
Become a DCH foster carer!


DCH is looking for volunteers to become foster carers for dogs in need. 

We are especially looking for people with big and secure yard space so we can take in some larger breeds like Missy (pictured).
Can you open up your home and yard to a needy dog to help give them a second chance?

For more information on foster care and to make an application, please click HERE 
Some highlights from our 2019/2020 AGM
We have rescued 346 animals this year;
  • 64 dogs
  • 281 cats
  • 1 horse
We have successfully re homed a total of 353 animals this year, an increase of 12%:
  •  281 cats
  •  72 dogs
A number of our volunteers offered to assist the community during the 2019 summer bushfires;

We adopted new processes due to the COVID pandemic, including;
  • introducing virtual property inspections for perspective adopters.
  •  adapting our adoption processes to meet NSW health requirements.
We also saw an increase in foster applications during the COVID lockdown.
Donate To DCH
DCH is once again partnering with Return and Earn to help us raise much needed funds and encourage recycling at the same time - win win!

From now until February 21 you can pick DCH as your charity of choice on the following return and earn machines:

Woolworths Way Bella Vista
Castle Hill Super Centre
Kellyville Village Wrights Road
Woolworths North Kellyville

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