My Human Family 2012


Rescue Dogs Find a Home

Community Photographic Project 2012

Download the project flyer

View the 40 finalists that featured in the exhibition

View all the submitted photos and stories
If you are interested in taking part in any future doggies projects please email
View the Exhibition Catalogue Flipbook! Hard copy available for $5. Contact
Click here to view the My Human Family Flipbook

No photos of dogs bought from pet stores or breeders please!
Photos should include family member/s or something that represents the ‘human’ part of the family
In memory of Bindi, Bobby and Pound-Dog Billy



Interview with Project Coordinators on Friday Breakfast 2SER 107.3

Interview with Project Coordinator Jane Hooper on Eastside FM Radio
Article in Central Magazine about the project
Cover of Central Magaine
Second article in Central Magazine
Cover City News
Article in City News

With the aim of creating awareness about abandoned, surrendered and neglected dogs, the My Human Family community photographic project invited our rescued four legged friends and their humans to submit family photos and share their personal stories.

A selection of photos were chosen by a panel of judges, and exhibited at Pine Street’s community gallery. The exhibition images and stories featured in a gorgeous catalogue. An enlargement of the photo, a catalogue and a postcard were be given to each family as a ‘thank you’. All photos submitted became part of the online image gallery.

The launch of My Human Family on Saturday 7 July 2012 was a fun day out for all dogs and their families. Rescued and non-rescued dogs had the chance to bring their families out and show them off, pose for a family portrait at the doggy photo booth, sniff old and new friends and create awareness for dogs that need a new home.

Presented in partnership with BUMP Productions
(Nick Baldas and Stuart Garske)

Bobby and Bindi
Bindi & Bobby

Pound-Dog Billy

Billy was an abandoned dog that nearly found a home. Due to an IT glitch, the pound staff didn’t see the email that the adoptive family sent the night before he was due to be euthanased. Billy had a new home and family waiting for him, but by the time the email was read, it was too late.

Billy is no longer with us, but many of his canine brothers and sisters need a human family to love and be loved by. Add your doggie’s photo and voice to help others understand the joys of fostering or adopting a homeless dog. Show us the love. Don’t let other dogs die like Billy.


My name was Billy and I
was a good dog too.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, BALIZ Woof Woof, for supplying a fantasic doggie hamper as a prize to the family whose exhibited photo is voted the “People’s Choice Award” at the launch on Saturday 7 July. As well as two smaller hampers as lucky door prizes – come along for your chance to win these great healthy products for your doggie!


Good pet health starts with good nutrition. Click here for some facts about commercial pet food production.

Thank you to our major sponsor Pixel Perfect Photo Lab for printing the exhibition images.

Pound Rounds was created by a group of animal lovers who want to help save as many dogs as they can from Blacktown and Hawkesbury Pounds. Volunteers take pictures and videos of the dogs and post them with a description of each dog on their Facebook page for prospective adoptive families to see.
Pound Rounds is in no way affiliated with the pounds, nor do they represent these pounds. Staff at the facilities are familiar with the dogs and advise Pound Rounds of the dogs’ temperaments. They also post some observation notes from their own experiences and interactions with the beautiful pound souls.
For more information or to contact Pound Rounds please visit their Facebook page:

Or send an email directly to:


Animals Australia is Australia’s second largest and the most dynamic national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty.
Animals Australia believes that we can create a better world for all through promoting kindness to animals. Their goal is to significantly and permanently improve the welfare of all animals in Australia.
They are a non-profit charitable organisation financed through community support. Their important work on behalf of animals is reliant on the generosity of our members and donors.

For more information about Animals Australia please visit their website or Facebook page:

Paws and Recover


Paws and Recover is a registered Not For Profit Organisation who are establishing an infrastructure of volunteers to support people by sharing the care of their pets during a health crisis and difficult times. Our aim is to alleviate peoples’ worries and fears during a health crisis or difficult times by helping and assisting in the care of their pets, when they are unable to.

Through a network of volunteers, Paws and Recover offers practical help such as dog walking, respite petcare, fostering, dog & cat grooming, transporting pets to vets and support in assisting people care for their animals during times of illness.

We aim:

  • To offer an alternative to rehoming, abandoning, neglecting or destroying a pet during their owner’s period of ill health.


  • To alleviate any anxiety for pet owners which enables them to focus on their own well – being and assists recovery.


For more information about Paws and Recover please visit their website:

Monika’s Doggie Rescue is a private registered charity that believes in saving and
re-homing as many dogs as they can from the council pounds. For many years Monika Biernacki and a group of volunteers have been rescuing dogs from death row and successfully re-homing them with permanent and loving owners.
Monika’s Doggie Rescue has a NO KILL policy so all dogs they get from the pound are
re-housed. They usually place on average three dogs per day and at any one time they have over 200 dogs up for adoption. Over a year they save about 1,000 dogs – nearly 10,000 have been saved since the charity started.

For more information please visit their website:

Or email directly to:

Links to other Animal Welfare Shelter and Rescue Organisations:


Lawyers for Companion Animals is a private law firm whose aim is to provide pro bono information on issues relating to companion animals and their welfare. They advocate for reform to unjust laws, policies and practices on issues affecting companion animals and engage with those who create or administer laws in Australia in an effort to strengthen legal protection for companion animals.

It is the only law firm in Australia to focus exclusively in the practice of Animal Law for companion animals. They fight for the underdogs, the victims of injustice, the cats and dogs failed by humans and the weak and/or nonexistent regulatory system (that fails to protect many animals).

We are very pleased to announce that Anne Greenaway, Principal of the firm, will be an official speaker at the exhibition launch on Saturday 7 July.

Letter to the Yass Tribune editor from Anne on 16 February 2012 in response to an article about the Greyhound racing industry

The article Anne was referring to

For more information please visit: