Meet Porsche

DSC_4009Porsche runs a home-based rescue, helping to reduce the number of small animals euthanased in pounds across NSW. The volunteers and foster carers at Porsche’s Rescue look after these animals along with their own pets, giving as much attention to them as possible. Although they love caring for them, it is by no means an income, and the small adoption fees do not cover the vet costs, medication, food, vegies and time spent with them. Like many rescues, they have to earn a separate living and come home to ‘rescue work’. Here we put to Porsche a few frequently asked questions.

Do you get attached to the rescues?

As you’d expect, we get quite attached to the animals, particularly when they’ve been with us for several months, and it is only natural for us to look for a home that can give the animal more, not less attention than they receive here. If you get frustrated by our screening process, just imagine being in our shoes!

You can find out more about our committment to supporting responsible pet ownership at this page on our vision. By choosing to adopt a rescue pet through us and telling people about rescue, you are helping to raise the status of small animals as treasured companions. That’s a really important way to make a difference to the quality of their lives.

Porsche with AlfieHow can I meet the animals listed?

Your first step should be to complete an adoption enquiry form. We will then get in touch with you and ask some specific questions and organise a time for you to come for a ‘meet and greet’ session.

Until this rescue grows, we are based out of a private residence and visitation is by appointment only. When we have organized a time to meet, please be punctual. Our days are pretty busy and we might not be able to fit you in for another few days. If you’re running late, a phone call is appreciated. Please don’t wait to call at the exact time you’re supposed to be here. We do not have public toilets available, so please make sure you go before you come!

Can we see all the animals? / How many animals do you have?

Our animals are cared for by foster carers, which places them in caring homes where they are not stressed by a pound environment or a stream of strangers staring and wanting to interact with them. People are welcome to view several animals in order to decide which is the right match for them, however an appointment needs to be made so the animals who have interest are brought back to the rescue. We do not send members of the public to the private residence of our foster carers.

The number of animals at our location varies on a daily basis, according to who is adopted, who has returned for viewing, who has gone off to the vet or returned, who is dropped off from the pound and who is needing medication.

What animals do you personally own?

You cannot run a rescue without falling in love with all the gorgeous animals, but there are a few extra special ones that at times refuse to leave! Some have ongoing health problems and remain for treatment, others have found their way here and can’t be parted with. There are chickens, sheep, guinea pigs, rabbits, a ferret, a bird, a dog and a cat, to name a few! Please note that we do live in a residential area and sheep are agisted elsewhere.

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I couldn’t do what you do because I would get too attached.

We hear this all the time. Many of the aniamls at Porsche’s Rescue are hand raised and bottle fed or nursed through sickness. We are huge amimal lovers and wouldn’t be so self-sacrificing with our time and resources if we did not feel attached. At the same time, we know we can’t save other animals if we keep each and every one that comes to our rescue. This doesn’t make it any easier for us to part with them than it would be for you. So please don’t say this to us, it just makes us feel sad.

Do you provide ongoing support?

Absolutely! People who adopt animals from us are always welcome to contact us if they have a problem or question! If they ever find themselves in a position where they can no longer look after their pet, they are welcome to bring them back to our shelter. It is part of our responsible rehoming program that we provide support even after you have taken your rescue pet home. We love receiving updates and try to keep in touch. The most frequent questions we’re asked is about the animal’s health, behaviour and training. We have written some online articles to answer questions that may arise about the care and wellbeing of small animals.

We are often asked for advice from people who have just purchased an animal from a petshop or breeder. In these cases we feel it is a little unfair to have our time and resources used, when we are already pushed for time. Please note that people who have adopted from us will take priority, and although it is frustrating to deal with people who have not adopted responsibly, we will try and help for the sake of the animals. What we don’t appreciate is when they contact us wanting to surrender their pets to us or ‘swap’ them for a better trained pet. It is important to realise that in most of these cases it takes ongoing time and patience to get results. Since these animals already have homes, we encourage people to work on bonding with their pet and training them.

Where do you see the rescue in five years’ time?

Ultimately, the shelter will have expanded and have a proper premesis with ample housing and storage facilities set on acreage in the Sydney area, close enough for volunteers and adopters to reach. The expansion will allow animals who now rely on foster carers for housing to be situated on the main property. This makes arranging meeting times a lot easier! Although we are taking steps towards this, the continued success of Porsche’s Rescue relies on the public’s ongoing support and any donation or bequest is greatly appreciated in helping to achieve this goal.

We hope you enjoy browsing through the information on this website. If you have any queries or messages, feel free to drop us a line.

Porsche B.Sc.Agr. (Hons) USYD

Porsche has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The University of Sydney, graduating with honours. She completed her thesis on an alternative to surgical mulesing and has two pet sheep of her own, which she hand raised from lambs. Her studies in animal nutrition, physiology, genetics and other veterinary subjects, as well as her experience with animal training give Porsche an excellent background to further her passion for animal welfare.

Watch Porsche talk about her Animal Rescue on Creature Corner.