Animal Shelter Loses Charity Status

A Victorian animal shelter has had its charity status revoked amid claims of serious misconduct.

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) announced on Wednesday it had revoked the charity status of Pets Haven Foundation Limited, also known as Pet’s Haven Animal Shelter.

According to its website Pets Haven Foundation’s goal is to educate the community about responsible pet ownership and provide rehabilitation for abused or neglected animals in order to responsibly re-house them back into the community.

ACNC commissioner Dr Gary Johns said the animal shelter had been involved in serious misconduct.

“Pets Haven Foundation has abused their position as a trusted charity in the community,” Johns said.

“Revocation is the most serious action we can take when a charity has been mismanaged.

“In most cases we are able to resolve issues with charities without reaching this stage. However, in this instance, we have been left with no choice but to revoke Pets Haven Foundation’s charity status.”

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