Herd 2 Homes drought dog drive, helping hundreds of farmers

Fur-ever grateful: Peri Chappell holding rescue dog, Carlos, with Gem and Abbey sitting patiently next to the donated dog food. Photo: Taylor Jurd.
Fur-ever grateful: Peri Chappell holding rescue dog, Carlos, with Gem and Abbey sitting patiently next to the donated dog food. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Riverina’s Peri Chappell undertook a massive journey across central west, NSW this week to help over 100 farmers and 300 working dogs.

Ms Chappell is the co-founder of dog rescue not-for-profit organisation Herd 2 Homes.

The organisation was founded in 2015 by Ms Chappell and Jenny Dryden with the aim of saving farm dogs from being euthanised.

In the central west, she travelled to Coonamble, Carinda, Albert, Tooraweenah, Dubbo, Forbes and Bathurst for the ‘H2H drought dogs drive’.

Due to overwhelming support, Ms Chappell was able to distribute $6000 worth of donated flea treatments, food and wormers plus rehoming options.

Ms Chappell said the farmers were so grateful.

“The biggest thing is just asking for help,” she said.

A Coonamble farmer reached out to Ms Chappell and rounded up ten of his mates and their dogs to meet with her.

“He’d made the biggest step of reaching out…,” she said.

Ms Chappell lives on a property in Deniliquin and has seen first-hand the effects of the drought.

While Ms Chappell was so grateful for the overwhelming donations, she would of gladly seen that directly go to drought charities to purchase stock feed and water.

“I think some people (from metropolitan areas) don’t always connect with livestock, but they do with dogs. People kept calling me and donating food and money,” she said.

“So I was like ‘alright we need to do something’, so that’s how the trip came about.”

The aim of the trip is to help people doing it tough, but also give them what they need to keep their dogs.

Peri Chappell, Herd 2 Homes co-founder

Being a not-for-profit organisation means Ms Chappell and Ms Dryden rely solely on donations.

When asked if they must be appreciative of people’s good will in donating to the cause, Ms Chappell immediately replied “Oh yeah for sure!”

“We are a not for profit charity so everything we do is self funded and we receive donations…,” she said.

Before the dogs go to their forever homes, they are looked after by the organisation’s volunteer foster carers.

“Volunteers as well.. they make the world go round. We certainly wouldn’t have anything without volunteers,” she said.

Drought relief Peri Chappell and Jenny Dryden, founders of Herd 2 Homes. Photo: Supplied.

Drought relief Peri Chappell and Jenny Dryden, founders of Herd 2 Homes. Photo: Supplied.

“They look after them, get their vet work done etcetera, and then we find them a new home.”

Ms Chappell reiterated that as they are a working dog rescue organisation, anyone wishing to rehome dogs just to get in touch with them.

“The aim of the trip is to help people doing it tough, but also give them what they need to keep their dogs,” she said.

“But in instances where they can’t, we’ll take them.”