Our Story

The Saving Hope Foundation was set up after a community rallied together to save a 4 week old puppy who we named ‘Hope’. She was in the pound and was due to be euthanised because of her breed.


The Saving Hope story begins with a pit bull puppy named Hope. We first met Hope as a sick and scared 4-week-old pup at a North Shore Animal Shelter. She was malnourished, dehydrated and without medical care and attention.  She was scheduled to be destroyed because of her breed. The council-run shelter would not release her for adoption or to a rescue agency, even with all the usual rights waived.

What followed was a great amount of hard work and determination by many in the local community to not let this injustice prevail.  It was a battle and a war that we simply had to win. Finally, the public outrage and resulting powerful social media campaign resulted in Hope being seized by the SPCA and fostered until she was old enough for her forever home with a Saving Hope Foundation family.

Saving Hope Animal Rescue was born.

Saving Hope is a dog rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing charitable organisation set up by “a bunch of hard working and passionate animal advocates” determined to see that every dog has a fair go at life and not be euthanised simply because of their breed.

Hope, our gorgeous staffi pit-bull little girl puppy who started it all, is now a lovely lady with around 13 other little doggie brothers and sisters around her, all living together in peace and harmony , even if the harmony is a little noisy sometimes. She has grown into a happy, healthy and gentle dog and we are lucky to have her as a reminder of not only how much we’ve achieved so far, but also of all the innocent lives at stake if we do nothing. There are so many dogs still to help and we are just beginning our journey!

That’s her in the picture on the right. A gentle beautiful lady.

Not long after Hope was saved, The Saving Hope Foundation was formed. The Foundation’s sole mission is to give all dogs a voice, love, happiness, forever homes and good lives.