The best time for a sanctuary to start is when it has the funding, the staff and the community support to ensure it’s a viable business model.
“A lot of the time it’s about how much money we can generate for the organisation,” Ms Burdett said.
“It’s also about whether the owner of the business is willing to sell the property.”
Ms Budd said a number of local organisations had been able to raise a lot of money for animal welfare through fundraising and other means.
“We’ve had several people donate a few hundred dollars,” she said.
Ms Baudoin said she had seen the benefits to her local community when animals were moved to a new location.
“When you can bring an animal from the street to the zoo, they’re more likely to stay and be cared for,” she added.
“If you can put a good animal out in a good environment it’s much more likely they’ll stay there.”
Ms Bludson said she was impressed with the level of community support in her local area, which she said had increased after a spate of new animal shelters were set up.
“You don’t get that with a lot or a lot at once,” she laughed.
“People are really supportive.”
The first animal sanctuary to open in Victoria was established in 2003 in the city of Wollongong, near Penrith.
Since then, there have been many other animal sanctuaries set up in Melbourne and in Sydney, with many more set to open up in coming years.
Animal welfare organisations across the country are gearing up for the coming election campaign, which is expected to take place in the coming months.
“This is an election year and people are going to get very involved in it, but we’re not going to let it go,” Ms Bludsons said.
She said people needed to be aware of the issues surrounding animal welfare in their local community.
“Some of these issues may not have been talked about previously,” she explained.
“And we need to understand that.”
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