Pet Guardians is an initiative of Pet Doctors of Australia. As in human health, medical and surgical advances have resulted in longer life expectancies and improved quality of life for our four legged friends. The cost of delivering these sophisticated treatments has come down over time however the costs overall are significant especially for those on an Aged Pension. Unlike other members of our community, Aged Pensioners, as a group have no capacity to be able to supplement or increase their income to the degree required to meet these costs. Too many times either substantial compromise to the pet’s treatment occurs, or the owner is put into financial duress.
Pet Guardians is a not for profit organisation. Our online store is our source of income. Through offering veterinary and pet products online at comparable prices and service to existing online stores, we hope Australian pet owners choose to purchase their products online through Pet Guardians so we can direct the profits to help other Australians less fortunate.
Of the existing charities in Australia the RSPCA and Animal Welfare Leagues would be some of the most well-known. Although these organisations do great work, their focus is not on helping owners of pets but rather pets that have been discarded or treated cruelly. As a senior vet at an Animal Welfare League shelter once said “we are a charity for animals, not people.”