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Chrissie 'Super' Swan leads the pack of caped canine crusaders

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Chrissie 'Super' Swan leads the pack of caped canine crusaders 21/11/2016

Caped canine crusaders were out in force today, helping save the lives of Victorian pets. The superhero dogs helped launch Lort Smith’s new Pet Protector program alongside the program’s official Ambassador (and self-confessed crazy cat lady) Chrissie Swan.

When approached Chrissie said she was only too happy to join the caped canine crusaders in the celebrations as she totally understands the important role pets play in our lives.

“I love animals, especially cats. To be honest I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady! Animals just bring so much joy into your life and it makes me sad to think of animals that don’t have loving homes or can’t get the treatment they need because their owners can’t afford it. That’s what Pet Protector is about, protecting sick, injured and vulnerable animals. Becoming a Pet Protector is such an awesome idea, and I’m thrilled to be an Ambassador for the program” said Ms Swan.

The program calls for people to ‘Become a Pet Protector because pets can’t do it on their own’, which Lort Smith CEO David Herman says is something which is at the heart of Lort Smith’s work.

“For 80 years Lort Smith has been protecting animals that are in vulnerable and disadvantaged circumstances. Animals that can’t help themselves and desperately need our help. It might be an animal that needs surgery and their owner can’t afford it so we offer a discount and payment plan; it might be an animal that has been surrendered to us that is sick and needs extensive surgery and rehabilitation that we pay for; or it might be a woman in a domestic violence situation who needs emergency boarding for her animal. These are things that people who become a Pet Protector will be helping to fund” added Mr Herman.

To become a Pet Protector people simply need to commit to a minimum monthly donation of $25 which will help support Lort Smith in three ways:

  • Providing veterinary care to animals in the Adoption Centre
  • Assisting disadvantaged and vulnerable people who are unable to cover their pets’ veterinary costs
  • Providing assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people and their pets through Community Outreach Programs such as the Emergency Boarding program.

CEO David Herman said the Pet Protector program was a reflection of Lort Smith’s unique mission.

“The human-animal bond is unlike any other. Our mission here at Lort Smith is to preserve and nurture this bond and we want to do everything we can to ensure that all pets find the loving homes they deserve and receive the medical care they need, regardless of the financial circumstances of the owner.”

“Lort Smith operates the largest and busiest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia and we receive no ongoing government funding, relying on the generosity of our supporters to continue our work,” said Mr Herman.

In 2015, Lort Smith provided over $1.3million worth of discounts to people of limited means, spent more than $750,000 on veterinary care to animals in its Adoption Centre, assisted over 19,000 pet owners and re-homed 1,024 animals.

Sign up to be a Pet Protector today at www.lortsmith.com/petprotector or call 03 9321 7207. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

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