History of the Program
Dr Jeannet Kessels and her daughter Joss (almost a veterinarian herself now) established Groodles Australia
in 2006 when Jeannet operated her small, but professional veterinary clinic from her home in Camira.
Over the years, Groodles Australia has morphed into a wonderfully fun and generous community project, allowing Jeannet and Joss to promote a beautiful breed of companion dog, and facilitate significant donations to charitable causes. Groodles Australia now consists of over twenty incredible community-minded Guardian Families who generously give their time to raise our puppies within their own homes.
It began as a crazy idea to raise funds for the Timor Children’s Foundation which provides scholarships for promising, yet disadvantaged East Timorese students to attend secondary school, learn trades, or go to university. The foundation was started by Dr Jeannet’s father – Arie van Klinken, who spent time in East Timor during and after the Indonesian occupation. He saw education as the best option for rebuilding a traumatised nation.
The program is run (with low administration cost) by the dearly respected Reverend Moises in Dili, and now provides scholarships for approximately 300 students each year. The Greater Springfield Veterinary team aims to send one staff member to East Timor each year to experience the contribution of the successful program. In June 2017, Bec Apps (one of our dedicated Veterinary Nurses) was privileged to visit and assist with a dental health program for schoolchildren.
As of 2017, Groodles Australia has donated over $350,000 to these respective charities, with over $85,000 donated in the 2017 financial year alone. The beauty of Groodles Australia is that it provides scope for significant donations to organisations which are dear to the hearts of our veterinary team and participating guardian families. Our wonderful families have fun (and work extremely hard!) to raise the most delightful puppies in their own homes, underpinned by the high standards and thoughtful personal care of our award-winning veterinary practice. We hope that our Guardian Family participants, our veterinary staff, and buyers of our gorgeous puppies are proud of, and delighted by Groodles Australia at every level
Groodles Australia is a generous, community-minded, social enterprise, breeding the most beautiful, sound, healthy and intelligent Groodle pups for the enrichment of all involved.
Groodles have become a popular choice for many, with some being specially trained to become service dogs, companion animals for children with disabilities (including autism) and as medical alert dogs (for diabetics and epileptics).
This beautiful breed suits individuals and families from all walks of life, and we think they are very special indeed.
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Currently, we are committed to donating $40,000 per year to the Timor Children’s Foundation. If funds allow, a further $20,000 will be donated to Beyond Blue.
Any donations reached beyond these combined amounts are then decided upon by Greater Springfield Veterinary Staff and Groodle Guardian Families.
Please email us at:
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