The rescue of Gracie was the impetus for the creation of AireNet Australia. Gracie was released from the RSPCA (Melbourne, Victoria) to Damon and Beth Hill in 2010. Unfortunately, adopting Grace resulted in a significant financial outlay for her medical expenses and money to assist the Hills was not made available.
AireNet Australia came into being, in part, to fill this obvious void in Airedale rescue: Fundraising for the purpose of financially assisting any Airedale that was handled under the AireNet umbrella (•rescue •foster •adopt) with medical/behavioural expenses.
After recovering from her initial significant health issues, Gracie’s three years with Damon and Beth were filled with love and adventures.
When Grace crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2013, Damon and Beth made a special donation to AireNet Australia in her honour. They wanted to keep alive the memory of Gracie and the reason for the creation of AireNet Australia.
The Committee of AireNet Australia created a fund in Gracie’s honour – Gracie’s Wish Memorial Fund – commonly called Gracie’s Wish. It was decided that Gracie’s Wish needed to be a very special fund; that it needed to have a purpose separate to our general fundraising that helps our •rescue •foster •adopt objectives but within our mission statement.
It became Gracie’s wish (and the wish of Damon, Beth and the committee) that all Airedales adopted through AireNet Australia would be assisted with ‘End of Life’ expenses as this was the one and only area where AireNet could give back to all adopters. It was the one way we could thank them all for rising to the challenges/adventures of Airedale adoption.
Fortunately, not all Airedales adopted through AireNet need financial assistance for medical/behavioural expenses but very sadly, there will be an ‘End of Life’ for every single one.