Dick Smith donates to Happy Paws
HAPPY Paws Haven is among 37 charity organisations chosen by the Australian public to share in a donation of $500,000 as part of the Dick Smith Foods Foundation giveaway.
After a long, "gentle" campaign to increase the Eatonsville no-kill animal shelter's chances of being included in the list, owner Sally Rogers said she was over the moon.
"We had a nervous hope that we'd make the top number," Ms Rogers said.
"When we found out, the thought was just 'thank god for that, isn't that great',." She said.
Throughout the year-long campaign, the public was asked to photograph Dick Smith Foods products in their pantries to win votes for their favourite charities.
The more products they bought, the more votes they received.
In trying to get the word out, a Happy Paws volunteer took to the streets with a box of Dick Smith water crackers and a camera, and asked people if they wouldn't mind having their photo taken with the biscuits in exchange for the pleasure of voting for Happy Paws.
"It was amazing how many people were happy to do that," Ms Rogers said.
She will fly to Sydney to claim the cheque next Wednesday, which will be personally presented by Dick Smith and country music star John Williamson.
The minimum cheque amount is $10,000.
Ms Rogers said some of the funds would be used to reimburse the cost of the de-sexing and micro-chipping of more than 23 puppies and 12 kittens.
"It's important those animals go out the door, and it's a benefit for everyone that they are de-sexed because they won't (increase the problem)," she said.
Leftover funds may be used on a property deposit for a block of land behind Happy Paws which goes up for auction on February 28.