We re home puppies and now adult dogs from remote indigenous communities. The term "Camp Dogs" is commonly used for all domestic dogs living in remote communities.
Our pups and dogs have either been found or surrendered so several dedicated individuals will temporarily care for and drive the dogs many hundreds of kms to get the dogs to Alice Springs for us to arrange flights.
Indigenous people who know of our work may surrender pups or dogs because they feel they have too many and want us to find a good home for the dog, even if it is in the cities. The dogs welfare is their concern.
Because of the remoteness of these communities there were too many dogs (introduced by the white man when the indigenous people were moved to missions) but now vets, often volunteers, travel to this communities to de sex and educate and offer additional vet treatment. Conditions are very basic and the vets have to be highly skilled to operate in such conditions.
However, the results have been very encouraging and the indigenous people have a very strong bond with their dogs. The dogs may not live in fenced yards, walked on leads and fed on top grad dog food but are never alone.
They are of mixed breed and come in all shapes and sizes. Research suggests there is very little dingo DNA in these dogs now.
The dogs often look like working dog crosses but have never "worked a day in their lives" nor their great grandparents. DNA tests taken by some interested Camp dog owners, often look nothing like the dog causing much entertainment or disappointment that their dog is not a kelpie or a dingo!
So we state "mixed breed". And being of such a mix usually live long and healthy lives with less health issues. However, we recommend any dog owner takes out pet insurance rather than spending a lot of money on top grade dog food or luxury beds, toys etc Puppies love a cardboard box!!!
Most of the dogs have had rich socialisation with other dogs, humans of all ages including children and often cats.
Like all dogs they need training and when young don't cope well with long hours alone. So they like city dogs benefit from dog walkers or doggie day care.
Older dogs may enjoy being the only dog and spending hrs alone if living with full time workers.
The majority of our dogs end up with families, go to work places each day, some live happily in apartments or large properties. Some now live over seas.
Please note we are a very small group with no funding but pleased to be involved with dog rescue that improves and reduces all the time.
(Please note we have some limited funding to fly medium - large adult dogs, ONLY, to the right homes in most parts of Australia)
Who makes up your family including ages of children?
If you do not own your home do you have written permission for a dog?
Have you had a dog before and when?
How long would the dog be alone for each day and during these times how would you prevent pup from becoming lonely and bored? (leaving a young pup alone with only toys is not suitable)
Where will the dog sleep at night?
Please add any information that indicates you understand the needs and behaviors of dogs, especially when young.
Please only inquire when you are ready to take a pup home at the time of the "meet and greet" e.g. have puppy proofed your home, purchased everything you need and all decision makers are present.