The Ruby Benjamin Foundation ABN 69 269 170 015, was started by Ruby Benjamin together with the Australian Veterinary Association in November 1985. Ken and Marie Bedford who were with Ruby at the start, continue Ruby's work today.

The Foundation needs your support, in the form of time, expertise or donations, however small or large. Please refer to the "Contact Us" page for details.

Aims of the Foundation

To encourage and assist low-income pet owners with the cost of sterilisation of pets, thereby reducing the amount of unwanted and abused cats and dogs.

  • To help prevent cruelty and abuse of all animals.
  • To reduce the threat of feral animals to native wildlife by reducing the number of abandoned, pets.
  • To assist with the cost of helping injured or endangered wildlife by donations to rescue funds.
  • To help with emergency veterinary costs in special circumstances, such as an injured animal with no identifiable owner or the owner being unable to fund the treatment themselves and the animal may otherwise be put down. This assistance is only available when funds permit and is at the discretion of the Foundation.

Types of assistance

Assistance can take the form of a subsidy towards veterinary costs, access to veterinary practitioners willing to reduce their fees for critical or sterilisation procedures; or other forms of assistance depending upon the circumstance.

Currently we are helping with the efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil by contributing to Devil Ark who are establishing a healthy colony in the highlands of NSW.

We have also contributed to Taronga Zoo's project with other Australian zoos to build an "insurance population of healthy devils. These unique little carnivores are in real danger of extinction in the wild due to a virulent form of cancer. The prognosis for the captive breeding program is improving but they may never be able to return to the Tasmanian Bush. To learn more please use this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukKBfB6Y6Jo (Press and hold Control and click on the link) If you want to specify your donation is used solely for this effort please mark it "Devil" in the reference/comments section in the Page 3 form.

We are also aiming at helping the volunteers helping to save the Carnaby's Black Cockatoo. Carnaby's black-cockatoos are found only in Western Australia and are one of only two species of white-tailed black-cockatoo found anywhere in the world. They are large, raucous black cockatoos with white patches on their cheeks and white bands on their tails. They have strong short bills designed to cope with the hard nuts and seeds that form their diet. Extensive clearing of native bush in the Wheatbelt has led to a severe reduction in available nesting and feeding trees.

In some cases, nesting and feeding areas are too far apart for the birds to successfully raise chicks. The original food sources on the Swan Coastal Plain have been largely replaced by urban development. Remaining nesting and feeding areas are becoming degraded due to grazing, water logging, salinity, weed invasion, storm damage, firewood collection and changes in fire management. There is a lack of new eucalypt trees growing to replace dead trees in remaining nesting sites, and some existing nesting hollows are deteriorating. Carnaby's black-cockatoos face competition for hollows from other hollownesting species, particularly the galah, western long-billed and little corellas. In addition, feral bees also occupy nesting hollows, to the exclusion of cockatoos. Again, captive breeding programs seem to be the only path to salvation.

No Commission or Admin Fees

The Foundation is staffed totally by volunteers. No wages or commissions are paid and almost every dollar contributed goes towards meeting the costs of helping the animals. The only exceptions are liability insurance cover for the volunteers; which we are obliged, by law, to have in place; and purchases of stationery, raffle ticket printing, fares, internet and some prizes, (many are donated).

Foundation Income

The income for the Foundation comes mainly from an annual raffle and a several "basket" raffles during the year. Other income and support comes from several Shire and Town Councils for which we are enormously grateful. We also receive gifts from local businesses and residents which are used as additional raffle prizes. Of course we would be unable to survive without the assistance of our volunteers and the very valuable time and effort they contribute. Foremost amongst these are Ken and Marie Bedford who continue to successfully manage the Foundation despite their own health problems.