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Thanks to the incredible community support for our Paws4Kids campaign, our Paw Pals are changing children’s lives! After a successful pilot in 2019 and ongoing community support, our Paw Pals team have continued to grow. We’re excited to announce, after raising over $380,000 in our Paws4Kids campaign this year, we’re expanding our Paw Pals program to support children and young people in Geelong so they can succeed at school with therapy dogs.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, our Paw Pals team are continuing to work with:

  • Children who are unable to live with their birth families and are looked after by staff in residential care homes
  • Students at MacKillop's Education Schools in Maidstone and Caulfield
  • Kids in mainstream schools who have been excluded from the classroom because of behaviours that can't currently be managed

Together, our Paw Pals team are helping children to develop the emotional regulation, self-awareness, confidence and social skills they need to be able to learn.

In a year where so much has been uncertain, they’ve also been a reliable and stable support helping our most vulnerable children through difficult times.

When I’m with Millie, it makes every bit of stress that I’m latching on to lets go. It just goes. Working with Millie brings my day to a different level of happiness. I’ve never been that happy in my life than when I see that dog.

– Laura

Thank you to our generous supporters


We are grateful to the following supporters, who generously tripled all donations to Paws4Kids in April 2021:

  • PETstock Assist
  • Queensland Community Foundation's Gordon Home for Boys and Girls Inc. Trust Fund
  • Bob Stewart of Kew
  • AMC Commercial Cleaning
  • Tee-up for Kids Foundation
  • Our PawPrints Matching Circle - including Greg Noonan, Angela Rutherford and Daniel O’Connor
  • Give52

There are so many more children who would benefit from a therapy dog to open doors — helping them to connect with their community and new opportunities. If you’d like to be part of our next Paws4Kids campaign to extend the Paw Pals program, contact our Fundraising Manager – Nichole Alfreds – on 03 9257 2214 or 0409 784 157.

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