A Second Chance at Life
Don’t Go Astray helps animals in need, giving them the second chance they deserve. We assist with veterinary treatment, rehabilitation, fostering and re-homing of animals that just want to be loved. Our organisation was formed in June 2018, and within six months was honoured with the RSPCA Humane Award – a huge deal for newcomers such as ourselves. This encouragement has galvanised our passion and commitment.
Driven by a shared desire to make a positive impact, our team’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of surrendered and stray animals. Each member of Don’t Go Astray comes from the veterinary and animal rescue industry, pooling a broad range of complementary skills. Together, our aim is not just to care for animals, but to provide assistance for people unable to meet the financial cost of emergency veterinary care.
What Drives Us
- Support stray & surrendered animals in need with Veterinary treatment, Rehabilitation, Foster Care and Adoption. Every animal deserves a second chance and a Forever Home.
- To provide an opportunity for families who need support with emergency Veterinary treatment for their pets.
- To provide education and training around animal welfare and animal health.
- To promote responsible ownership.
Meet the Team
The DGA Family
Don’t Go Astray is a small but hard-working team of people who dedicate their lives to caring for animals. Founder Kylie comes from a Human Resources/Marketing background and is a Vet Nurse trainee. Jami is a Vet Nurse specialising in exotic pets. Shannon is a Foster Carer working throughout Australia and Canada. Te is a Small Animal and Equine Veterinary Nurse & Abby is an administrator with a background in human patient care and support.
Kylie is the founder of Don’t Go Astray Inc. – Helping Animals In Need. She has a lot of love for animals and has two gorgeous Red-Nosed American Staffy’s named Holly and Princess Leia. Kylie has fostered many animals in her home whilst they are recovering and looking for their new furever homes. She is such a passionate and kind hearted person who goes above and beyond to help others.
Jami is a qualified Vet Nurse who loves working with all animals especially the exotic pets; guinea pigs, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, rats and mice. She has a love for all animals and currently fosters Guinea Pigs & Rabbits that need forever homes. Jami is Jarla’s saviour and took Jarla on as her own when Jarla needed a forever home and they haven’t looked back since. Jami has a passion for saving any animal large and small and is willing to volunteer her time to help those animals in need.
Laura has been crazy in love with animals since before she could walk, so it made sense for her to choose a career in the animal care industry. After joining a veterinary practice in 2014, Laura was so excited to qualify as a trained veterinary nurse in 2016. She is a truly compassionate nurse who has had experience with fearful and anxious family pets and for these reasons, she has a special interest and further training in animal behaviour and low stress handling. Laura believes strongly that every animal deserves to feel safe and loved no matter what! When she rescued and hand raised her cat Ronny from a tiny, malnourished kitten, she formed an incredible bond with him and soon realised that she had an undeniable passion for pet rescue. Laura has now chosen to dedicate her spare time to the animal welfare community by becoming a foster carer and joining the DGA rescue organisation. Her aim to is to find a safe and loving furever home for every pet in need of a second chance!
Te is a devoted animal lover who is mum to a horse Crispin and 2 dogs Luffy and Ruby (Staffy x Kelpies) one of which is a rescue. Te loves to go camping and travel around to as many places as she can- bringing her two dogs of course! Te was previously a nurse in an equine clinic and worked in the racing industry but is currently working in a small animal clinic. Te is a huge advocate for animal welfare meaning she is continually bringing home more animals to give them their second chance at life. Te believes in helping as many animals as possible after seeing just how much you can change an animals life by showing them love. Te fostered 12 animals in 2018 finding them their forever homes. Her goals are to travel around Australia helping more animals in need especially in remote areas and getting DGA recognised AUS wide and maybe even world wide!!!
Abby is a devoted animal lover who is a mum to her sausage dog (Dachshund) Frankie. Abby has a strong background in all aspects of Administration and is currently a volunteer Event Health Officer through St John Ambulance & studying to be a assistant ‘Human” Nurse. Growing up surrounded by animals and with a family constantly saving stray dogs
and birds gave Abby her passion to help all animals great and small.
Volunteer & Animal Foster Care Manager
Evangeline has experience caring for animals of all sizes. She has always been passionate about animals and grew up surrounded by them. She has been fostering kittens and coordinating adoptions through DGA with plans to extend this to dogs when moving to a more suitable property.
Kylie graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Business (Double Major in Accounting & Finance) in 1991. Following ten years honing her skills working with public accounting practices and gaining her Certified Practising Accountant qualification, Kylie opened her own firm in 1998. Kylie’s practice has grown steadily and most importantly on her own terms, ensuring the unique style of personalised service her clients have grown to respect is maintained at every point of client contact. Kylie also holds a Diploma in Financial Services and is one of a minority of Australian accounts to also be a qualified specialist Self-Managed Super Fund advisor (RG146 designation) as per federal government regulations introduced in 2016.