Jul 20, 2009

Exhibition To Raise Money for Lost Dogs' Home

G'day Dog Lovers,

Photographer Penny Koukoulas has spent the past two years working on a series of documentary-style photographic works that depict the plight of dogs at The Lost Dogs’ Home in North Melbourne. The goal is to bring people’s awareness to the predicament of the mistreatment and abandonment of dogs and make people aware that there is an ethical alternative to buying a dog from a pet store or breeder.

Her aim is to heighten awareness of the work performed by this animal shelter. The hard-working staff of The Home faces an uphill battle to support and rehouse as many animals as they can. I would like to improve the community’s understanding of the role it plays in keeping pets safe and secure, as well as highlight the shelter as the primary place for pet adoption.

"The project materialised after my partner and I adopted a dog from The Lost Dogs’ Home," Kerkoulas explains. "My personal experience with the shelter opened my eyes to the careless way animals are discarded in our society. It highlighted the important role that animal shelters play in our communities."

When: 4 - 15 August 2009
Where: 45 Downstairs Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

If anyone is interested in supporting this project, tax deductible donations can be made via the Australian Business Arts Foundation website: http://www.abaf.org.au

Any profits made from the exhibition will be donated to The Lost Dogs' Home.

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