Join with Humane Research Australia and help re-home ex-laboratory animals

What’s happening with ex-lab animals?

Animals are, unfortunately, often used in the research industry and in laboratories. In Australia it is estimated that over 7,000 dogs were used in research facilities across 3 states including VIC, NSW & TAS in 2011 alone (with the other states statistics unavailable). So, what happens at the end of these experiments? If the experiments these animals are subjected to don’t kill them, then they are often “disposed of” by a lethal dose of barbiturate.

Humane Research Australia Inc. is a not for profit organisation that challenges the use of animal experiments and promotes more humane and scientifically-valid non animal methods of research.

“There is a public misconception that animals used in experiments are protected through the presence of ethics committees, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Code of Practice. There is also the view that it is “only” rats and mice that are used. Of course we know that neither of these is true. There are still horrific procedures that are still carried out on all sorts of animals – procedures that the general public are largely unaware of. We are attempting to address that by reporting on what really does occur in Australia.” – Humane Research Australia

What can we do?

Under some circumstances it is possible to re-home laboratory animals.

“Opportunities to re-home animals should be considered wherever possible, especially when the impact of the project or activity on the wellbeing of the animal has been minimal and their physiological condition and behavioural attributes indicate that they can be introduced to a new environment with minimal, transient impact on their wellbeing.”
Excerpt from Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. (Page 67, Clause 3.4.2)

If you think you could offer a permanent home to an ex-lab animal, you can join a database compiled by Humane Research Australia and they will pass on your contact details should any opportunities arise.

Supporting Humane Research Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

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Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

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