About Us

Forgotten Souls Dog Rescue specialise in saving LARGE BREED dogs who have found themselves in Australia’s pound system, from neglectful situations and from backyard breeders who are engaging in irresponsible re-homing.
Also when able, we take in surrender requests from owners who are unable to keep their dog or re-home them themselves.

Rescue organisations like ours rely heavily on foster carers and donations. Fostering a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience, as you may be responsible for being the first hug that dog has had in years, you may teach them to sit, to come when called and how to be a loving, loyal pet and eventually, helping them to find a permanent home where they are understood, loved and secure.

Adopting from us means you have ongoing support from our team as well as a fully vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed pet who will be forever grateful for their second chance at life with you.

Meet The Team

I have been involved in dog rescue since getting my beautiful, gentle Bull Arab X boy ‘Ace’. Ace came from a backyard breeder who was going to shoot him at the tender age of three months old for “being too nice”.

In my years of volunteering in animal rescue I have experienced many scenarios, happy and sad moments, learning new and different things when it comes to dogs behaviours, training etc, getting to meet new people who have become foster carers or adopters, other volunteers and many like minded, dog loving people in general.

The reward?
Seeing so many happy faces, dogs and humans, seeing and hearing their journeys about the love and joy that their adopted or foster dog brings to their family and the pure happiness of the dogs that we see after being given that chance.
That’s the reward, and it’s priceless.

Karyn Wacey

Karyn Wacey

Co - President

Melissa Sutton

Melissa Sutton

Co - President

Hi, I’m Melissa

I adopted one of Forgotten Souls longest fosters, Hiccup
I became an Admin for Forgotten Souls because of the great work they do and wanted to help in any way I could.

I’m Carly

After adopting our beautiful Stella through Forgotten Souls and being inspired by a friend who has worked in animal rescue for over a decade, I jumped at the chance to become a member of the team
It is so rewarding to watch our dogs flourish in foster care and help them to find their happy ever after

Carly Eekman

Carly Eekman

Vice President

Emma Garnham

Emma Garnham

Vice President

Animals, in particular dogs, have always been an overflowing passion of mine
I’m the one who puts herself in strategic positions out in public in order to say hello to the dog walking past, the one who points out every dog that they see no matter where I am, the one who will love on all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages

Since joining the FSDR team, I have a bigger appreciation and love for these larger beautiful souls
Fallen in love, time and time again
There is just no words to 100% put into perspective how it feels to see our dogs be adopted into the most loving homes, it NEVER gets old!
The journey between the pick up from the pound, broken and on death row, to their final destination with a forever loving family is hands down, the most rewarding experience I have ever been a part of

Rescue can be extremely tough (as I’ve learnt since being here), our team is ALWAYS supporting each other when times are hard, we all need to constantly be reminded that ‘we can’t save them all’ whilst our hearts just cry for those who have been let down
But I know one thing, we are here to give it EVERYTHING we have and more!

I’m Ell

After adopting my perfect devil Maximus from FSDR in 2019, all I wanted to do was help more dogs like him. As soon as I saw the team needing more hands on deck, I jumped at the chance to be a part of the incredible work they do. Helping voiceless animals in need sparks so much joy and fulfillment and I am so thankful I get to play a small part in their journey to their new lives.

Ellen Spasojevic

Ellen Spasojevic

Admin

Kylie Champion

Kylie Champion

Admin

Helping animals has always been important to me and I have one of my own rescue girls, River. After a tough first 6 months of her life and loads of love, exposure and some training (ongoing!) she is the most beautiful soul I could have ever imagined.
So I want to help more of these beautiful souls that have been let down.
I love big dogs, so was drawn to FSDR and love being involved in such a compassionate rescue who don’t just save the puppies or the ‘easy’ rescues.