Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Giant Poster for a Giant Problem

With 1000 kittens currently being cared for by RSPCA NSW, 1000 responsible new owners are urgently needed.

It’s a giant problem, so RSPCA NSW has placed a giant poster around Sydney’s CBD and outer suburbs. You’ve seen lost and found posters taped to telegraph poles with telephone tags along the bottom, the RSPCA NSW has employed the same concept, just on a much grander scale. In fact, it’s over 28m long and fits 1,000 telephone tags along the bottom. The poster will be moved around to various high traffic areas in the CBD and beyond on Wednesday 23 December, in an attempt to get as many people as possible to visit www.adoptapet.com.au to find out important adoption information and to adopt an animal.

These kittens are just part of RSPCA’s annual Christmas Crisis. Every festive season, over 3,000 unwanted dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are surrendered throughout the State. RSPCA NSW is asking that people open their hearts this Christmas and adopt a pet.

“In the past, the RSPCA has shunned pets as presents at Christmas but in recent years this thinking has changed. Now more than ever, we advocate that potential adopters consider before committing,” said RSPCA NSW CEO, Steve Coleman.

“Adopting a pet at this time of year to someone who fully understands the commitment and responsibility of pet ownership is often timely, as many people are on leave and have the extra time to acclimatise the new family member into their lives. We certainly do not advocate pets as surprise gifts, but if considering a new pet this Christmas, please consult our staff and adopt an RSPCA pet. We have dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, pocket pets (and more!) in need of loving, forever homes.”

All RSPCA animals have undergone health and temperament checks to make sure that they will make great pets and have been vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and desexed. RSPCA staff can also give general pet care advice.

If you see the oversized poster in the streets of Sydney, tear off a tag and help RSPCA NSW rehome 1000 kittens this Christmas.

See www.adoptapet.com.au for animals available for adoption.

The poster can be seen in the following locations:

10:00 am Wednesday 23rd December Hyde Park near the Fountain.
11:30 am Wednesday 23rd December Martin Place – Macquarie St End.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Will Fennell's RSPCA Christmas Wishlist message

Click above to view Will Fennell's Christmas Message

RSPCA NSW would like to thank animal lover and RSPCA Ambassador Will Fennell - beauty and grooming expert for Channel 7's program 10 Years Younger in 10 Days and for DNA Magazine - who recently sent out a Christmas Message asking the community to donate much needed items to the RSPCA.

All items donated will be placed under our RSPCA Christmas Tree and will go to the thousands of animals that come into our care during the holiday season.

To view the RSPCA NSW Christmas Wishlist, please click the link below:

A big thank you to Will Fennell for thinking of the RSPCA and for his efforts to help make our Christmas wishes come true. Thank you also to all the RSPCA supporters who have, or will, donate items to the animals this Christmas.

Merry Christmas! - RSPCA NSW.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Putting the dog back into Xmas art exhibition

Your invited to visit the exhibition "Putting the dog back into Xmas" with works forom 18 artists from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in aid of the RSPCA.

The Exhibition runs from Sunday 12 December to Sunday 20 December 2009 - all animals welcome!

All works have been kindly donated by the artists with proceeds from the sale of art works going to the RSPCA. Works exhibited are by artists Daniel Pata, Ashe Eve, Megan Jones, Anthea Boesenberg, Robyn Base, Lawrie Walton, Chaia Fein, Andrew Lo, Chris Saban, Susie Ashkenazy, Salvino Grima, Ellena Rados, Cooper Wilson, HM DuRhone, Debra Metz, Leigh Nankervis, Thora Ungar.

Located at gallery hm, 140 Regent Street, REDFERN, NSW. http://www.galleryhm.com.au/

We would like to thank gallery hm and the artists for their generosity and support of the RSPCA.

A big thank you to Jet Pets for giving dogs a second chance

RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Team Leader Nicole, with a Jetset staff member and Lulu.

Lulu, a 3-year-old Shar Pei, was recently surrendered to the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Shelter but wasn’t coping well in a shelter environment. A foster carer was organised through Shar Pei Rescue in Melbourne and the generous people at Jetpets flew Lulu to her new temporary home at no charge to the RSPCA. We all hope she finds a permanent home soon, but in the meantime we hear she’s being very spoilt!

Jetpets assist RSPCA to rehome greyhounds to South Australia

This year RSPCA South Australia has rehomed a number of Greyhounds. So, in the hopes of giving our shelter greyhounds, Rain and Bart a better chance of adoption, Jetpets flew them free of charge from RSPCA Sydney to Adelaide. You can follow Rain’s story on Channel 7’s RSPCA Animal Rescue next year!

Thank you Jetpets for your support of the RSPCA and for assisting us to rehome these beautiful animals.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

RSPCA Care Centre opens this Saturday 12 December 2009!

This Saturday 12 December 2009 from 10am to 2pm, the brand new RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill will officially open to the public. Come and meet the new residents and staff, while enjoying a free bbq and children's face painting!

You can also meet other Yagoona shelter dogs who will be coming to visit the new Centre, plus RSPCA Inspectors and Veterinarians who will be onsite to answer any questions you may have.

Come and see the future of RSPCA rehoming!

RSPCA Care Centre Rouse Hill
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Civic Way
Windsor Rd, Rouse Hill

CLICK HERE for map.

To see construction photos of the RSPCA Care Centre, please CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Big thank you to animal lover and RSPCA supporter Avanthi

Avanthi (left), RSPCA supporter and animal lover with her proud mum.

Our RSPCA NSW Education Department recently met an amazing RSPCA supporter and animal lover, Avanthi, who went to fantastic lengths to create awareness of the RSPCA and animal welfare, plus raise vital funds for the RSPCA and the animals in our care.

Avanthi tells her story:

"My name is Avanthi and in 2009 I was selected by my school to participate in a leadership program - Max Potential. This program required the participants to undertake a community service project and I straight away thought of the RSPCA.
The main reason why I chose the RSPCA is because I strongly believe in the rights of animals ... I even turned vegetarian because of it. Also, I adopted my two dogs - Ziggy and Toto - from the RSPCA.

My main goal was to raise awareness of animal welfare, of the RSPCA and what they do. I handed out multiple flyers, started a blog about animal rights and even sent requests to friends on Facebook to join the RSPCA Facebook page.

I then decided to start collecting donations. First I went to my family and asked them for donations (money, blankets, towels). I then took to my school and they supported my greatly. With the help of my mum, we made at least 250 cupcakes of different colours and flavours (an idea which I got off the RSPCA Cupcake Day). The cupcakes always sold out and I would come home with requests to make more cupcakes. The best part though, was that the students and teachers often gave very generous donations without buying any cupcakes.

Then came presentation day, where I sold even more cupcakes and was acknowledged by the local newspaper for the work I had done as a Max Potential participant. After that, I had Stephanie and Lauren from the RSPCA Education Department come out to give a presentation to the Year 10 and 11 students of my school. On that day I sold even more cupcakes and received more donations, which mum and I donated the following weekend along with the blankets and towels we had collected. In total, we collected $774.25.

Overall, this experience has been fanstastic and I am proud to be able to say I have helped the RSPCA and the beautiful animals they look after."

On behalf of all animals, staff and volunteers at the RSPCA, we'd like to thank Avanth for choosing us for her Max Potential program, for her efforts in spreading awarness of animal rights and the work of the RSPCA, and for selling her delicious cupcakes to raise much needed funds.

Monday, December 7, 2009

RSPCA investigating celebrity rat killing

RSPCA NSW has received information about a rat, killed for human consumption, during the filming of the reality television program 'I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here'.

In NSW the use of animals in films and theatrical productions can only occur in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Films and Theatrical Performances. The primary principle of the Code is that it is not acceptable to intentionally endanger, abuse, injure or kill an animal as part of a production.

"TV series production staff must submit a notification form to the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League. But we received no pre-notice or advice that this segment was going to occur – it happened on a day that no animals were featuring in production, so no RSPCA Inspectors were present." said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David O'Shannessy.

While it is the case that animals are killed for human consumption, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act mandates that in the preparation or process of destroying the animal, the act must be carried out in a manner that inflicts no unnecessary pain upon the animal. As a result of RSPCA NSW enquiries and the viewing of unedited footage, RSPCA NSW alleges that the act of killing the rat was not performed humanely, or in a manner which inflicted no unnecessary distress or suffering.

"The concern is that this act was done purely for the cameras. The killing of a rat for a performance is not acceptable," said O'Shannessy.

Two Field Court Attendance Notices have been served to the contestants involved.

RSPCA NSW investigations continue.

Australian animal welfare standards and guidelines for dogs

It is an all too common problem. The RSPCA receives thousands of calls from concerned members of the community each and every year regarding dogs that are permanently tethered or kept in pens in backyards across the country.

Current codes of practice for the keeping of cats and dogs are voluntary and are unable to be enforced by RSPCA Inspectors. New guidelines for animal welfare would aim to produce standards that reflect scientific knowledge and community expectations that are able to be maintained and enforced.

First and foremost, owners are responsible for the health and welfare of their dogs and must provide both the basic necessities and a good quality of life for their pet. New standards of welfare would address problems associated with owners not providing their pet with adequate care. This includes providing sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary treatment.

While different sized animals will have different exercise needs, under the new guidelines dogs would be required to be given adequate daily exercise off tether our outside of enclosures. Exercise includes both physical effort and mental stimulation. This could include taking the dog for a walk when appropriate, letting the dog run freely in the backyard, playing a game with the dog or letting them explore and have social contact in a designated off leash park.

An owner’s ability to keep a dog should be thought about well before acquiring one. Choosing a breed/type suitable to lifestyle and circumstances is essential to be able to maintain these minimum standards of care. Such things as size, activity level, temperament and type all factor into an owner’s ability to meet its dog’s needs. Other factors include the costs of caring and the time it takes to provide the dog with exercise, grooming and social contact.

As all responsible pet owners would agree, these proposed minimum standards are able to be easily maintained. New standards and guidelines will formalise a national code and ensure animals receive adequate levels of care.


Announcing new corporate partnership with Doggone Gorgeous!

RSPCA NSW is proud to announce a new corporate partnership with DGG - Doggone Gorgeous!

DGG’s philosophy is to create “... limited edition clothing and lifestyle designs that reflect the love and respect we have for our hairy friends and celebrates the happiness they bring into our lives.”

The DGG partnership fits perfectly with the RSPCA as they are passionate animals lovers and all their clothing lines and grooming products are tested to ensure they are safe and appropriate for animals. By purchasing selected DGG products you are now helping to support the RSPCA and all creatures great and small, with a percentage of the sale of each item donated to the RSPCA.

RSPCA NSW would like to also sincerely thank DGG for their contribution and gold sponsorship of our recent RSPCA Superheroes Ball, 30 October 2009.

View the gorgeous range of DGG products by visiting: http://www.doggonegorgeous.com.au/


Friday, December 4, 2009

RSPCA NSW Auxiliary Christmas Raffle

RSPCA NSW Auxiliary are holding a Christmas Raffle to raise funds for the animals in care at the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona shelter. Tickets are just $2 each! Please contact Kristyn on 0401 431 953 or enquiry@rspcanswauxiliary.com to purchase your tickets.

The raffle will be drawn at 12:00pm on Saturday the 19 of December and all winners will be notified by phone.

Thank you for purchasing tickets to our Christmas raffle and raising funds for the animals in our care.

Raffle Prizes

1st Prize Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb Tickets for 2 Adults
- Kindly Donated by Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb

2nd Prize Portrait Photography Package
- Kindly Donated by Sarah Jane Photography

3rd Prize Dog Hamper
- Kindly Donated by Pet Care 2000 Warehouse

4th Prize Cat Hamper
- Kindly Donated by Pet Care 2000 Warehouse

5th Prize Medium sized Hound House Kennel with collar, lead and foldable water bowl
- Kindly Donated by Hound House

6th Prize Beauty Hamper
- Kindly Donated by DFO

7th Prize Family Pass to the Australian Reptile Park
- Kindly Donated by Australian Reptile Park

8th Prize Double Pass to IMAX Theatre
- Kindly Donated by IMAX Theatre

9th Prize Beach Towel
- Kindly Donated by Seafolly

10th Prize Book Package
- Kindly Donated by Dymocks

A big thank you to all the businesses listed above for their generosity in donating prizes for the RSPCA NSW Auxiliary Christmas Raffle.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Puppy farmer convicted of multiple animal cruelty charges

On 27 November, Dario (David) Baena of Falls Creek was ordered to pay over $155,000 in fines and costs, and banned from owning animals for 10 years after being sentenced on multiple counts of animal cruelty in Nowra Local Court.

Baena, who failed to appear and was convicted in his absence, was charged in October last year after RSPCA NSW Inspectors responded to a call from police concerning the number and the poor condition of dogs on his property. The inspectors found almost 200 dogs living in putrid conditions and many in very poor body condition. A number of dead puppies were also found, some had been tied together with wire and died of strangulation.

The inspectors seized 185 dogs and charged Baena with the following offences: Three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, eight counts of committing an act of animal cruelty, two counts of failing to provide vet treatment, and seven counts each of failing to provide sufficient ventilation and failing to ensure housing was kept clean and hygienic.

Baena pleaded guilty to the above charges in February this year however a further 10 charges were laid in May after the RSPCA again visited his property. On this occasion he was charged with four counts of failing to provide vet treatment, two counts of failing to comply with the Animal Welfare Code of Practice, and one count each of failing to exercise reasonable care, failing to provide proper and sufficient food, and committing an act of animal cruelty.

Magistrate Doug Dick found Baena guilty in his absence of all 10 charges. While delivering his sentence Magistrate Dick noted that he “had the unfortunate duty of watching the dvd footage” and that it was his “responsibility to protect animals”.

Baena was fined a total of $20,350 and ordered to pay costs of $134,962.23. As well as the 10-year prohibition order, Baena was ordered to surrender any animals currently in his possession.

Moiety of the fine was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David O’Shannessy says today’s result is pleasing and is a reminder to the community that housing animals in such deplorable conditions is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“It’s a great result following the rescue of these dogs from the appalling conditions they endured in the puppy mill. Unfortunately when animals are rescued from these situations, despite the best efforts of the RSPCA, not all animals are able to be rehabilitated,” said O’Shannessy.

“Mr Baena’s 10-year prohibition order provides significant protection to animals that may have otherwise ended up in his care.”


Diamond tickets to Fleetwood Mac on sale to raise funds for RSPCA Hunter

RSPCA Hunter Shelter have 10 Diamond tickets available for the FLEETWOOD MAC concert, this Saturday 5 December at the Hope Estate Winery in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley NSW.

The tickets are valued at $449 (ONO) and sale proceeds will go to the RSPCA Hunter Shelter. Ticket enquiries, please contact Michelle Gagno at the RSPCA Hunter shelter on 02 4939 1555.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Adopt a Pet > Binks, 5 1/2 year old Domestic Medium Hair.

Binks is a 5 1/2 yr old black and white male who has been waiting for his special home since the begining of the year. Unfortunately, Binks keeps getting overlooked by people looking for younger cats and kittens - he would make the perfect companion for anyone!

Binks is a friendly and cuddly boy who is looking for his home for life. He generally gets on well with other friendly cats, and just loves getting pats and cuddles!

Some toys and a scratching post and a nice warm bed are a must for him in his new home :)

Binks is $160 to adopt, which includes: Desexing, Vet Check, Vaccination, Microchip, Flea and Worming treatment, 30 day pet health insurance cover letter, and a friend for life!

To view Bink's profile on our Adopt a Pet website please CLICK HERE.

Binks is available from RSPCA Blue Mountains Shelter.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Peter Alexander RSPCA 2010 Calendar Sydney Launch!

Peter Alexander, Australia's leading designer of pyjamas and sleepwear, along with the RSPCA NSW, invite you to the premiere launch of the Peter Alexander RSPCA 2010 calendar at the Peter Alexander Sydney Central Store, Thursday 3 December 2009 from 4pm-6pm.

At the launch you will be able to meet the man himself, Peter Alexander, who will be signing copies of the calendar, plus you'll also get to meet the stars of the calendar - RSPCA dogs and their rising Australian male model friends!

Special guest Alex Perry (http://www.alexperry.com.au/) will also be attending the event to show his support for RSPCA and Peter Alexander.

100% of the proceeds from the sales of the calendar will go to the RSPCA and, at the launch, you will receive a 15% discount on Peter Alexander pyjamas and sleepwear with your calendar purchase - fantastic Christmas presents for animal lovers!

We sincerely thank Peter Alexander for his generosity and support in raising vital funds for the RSPCA.

Peter Alexander, RSPCA NSW and the calendar crew look forward to seeing you at the launch!

Peter Alexander RSPCA 2010 Calendar Sydney Launch

Peter Alexander Sydney Central Store
Shop 7G, Sydney Central
Pitt Street Mall
Thursday 3 December from 4pm to 6pm.

To view pictures taken at the Peter Alexander photo shoot please follow this link: http://tiny.cc/7sX5L

Sunday, November 22, 2009

RSPCA urges extra care for pets in summer heatwave

With the temperature set to soar across the state today, RSPCA NSW is urging the community to take extra precautions to protect their pets from the hot weather.

The RSPCA NSW call centre in Yagoona fields state-wide cruelty complaints and is always inundated at this time of year with calls concerning heat stressed animals.

RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad says it’s vital pets have constant access to both water and shade as heat stress can develop extremely quickly.

“Owners need to ensure their pets are kept safe, cool and hydrated to avoid a cruel death,” said Dr Awad. “If dogs need to be kept outside a good idea is to leave a few bowls of cold water in the shade in case one gets knocked over.”

The RSPCA is also appealing to motorists to realise the dangers of leaving dogs unattended in cars and on the back of ute trays.

“Cars left stationary in the sun become ovens and dogs can develop heat stroke and suffer a cruel death in only 6 minutes. Ute trays also become extremely hot so dogs can suffer a similar fate.”

The RSPCA is also reminding the community that companion animals aren’t the only ones that need to be protected from the heat, as farm animals can often be overlooked.

“Stock animals must be provided with fresh water daily and large stock should have a plentiful supply,” said RSPCA NSW Operations Manager, Inspector Matt French. “Owners must also regularly check their animals and ensure they have some form of shelter that allows them to get out of the direct sunlight.”

Animal cruelty charges may apply to anyone who fails to provide their animal with water and proper shelter.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Appeal for return of missing, feared stolen Staffy in Wallsend area in Newcastle.

An RSPCA NSW supporter is appealing for the return of the family's 3 month old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Kia (pronounced "KYA"), lost and feared stolen from a dwelling on Devon Street, in the Wallsend area of Newcastle.

Kya is white, has brindle spots forming on her front legs and face, with tan patches over her eyes, and green eyes.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Kia, or has found her, please call RSPCA Hunter (Newcastle) Shelter on 02 4939 1555.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Please sign our open letter to Kevin Rudd to end cruel live exports

We need your help to get the Australian Government to listen and put a stop to cruel live exports. Can you spare 5 mintues to sign our open letter to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd?

Thank you.

Sign our open letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd >

Animal welfare issues and live exports

The export of live sheep, cattle and goats for slaughter has serious welfare problems — some relate to transport conditions resulting in high mortalities and others relate to a lack of control over what happens to animals once they reach the importing countries.

Farm animals exported from Australia face a journey of up to 35 days from the farmgate to their overseas destination. Prevailing weather conditions and requirements of the importing country can considerably increase the length of the journey. The main welfare concerns relate to high mortality (due to starvation, salmonellosis, heat stress and pneumonia), the duration of lot feeding prior to embarkation, ship design, environment, handling, management and contingency planning.

Apart from the general suffering resulting from long-distance transport there is a history of disasters at sea in which thousands of animals have died. On long voyages, mortality rates of 2% for sheep and 1% of cattle will trigger an investigation. So on a voyage of 70 000 sheep, 1400 must die before the cause of death is properly investigated.

Once livestock reach their port of destination, those animals that survive and are unloaded are outside the control of Australian law. The Australian Government cannot ensure that exported livestock are slaughtered humanely once they have left Australia. Evidence gathered from importing countries has shown that inhumane slaughter and handling practices, that would be contrary to Australian laws and standards, are common.

At their destination, exported animals may spend several months at a feedlot for fattening, or may be transported directly to a slaughtering facility, or sold to individual buyers. Evidence has shown that individual buyers in some countries will often transport sheep in car boots and on roof-racks in temperatures that may exceed 40°C. Cattle can be seen travelling on the back of utility trucks with only a few ropes to prevent them falling off.

Sheep have been shown being herded into a slaughtering facility, and then dragged one by one to the slaughtering area. Here their throats are cut and they are left to bleed to death over a drain. In some importing countries, cattle face an even more horrific death. In the slaughtering hall, they have their tendons slashed and sometimes their eyes gouged in order to bring them down and, finally, they have their throats cut and are left to bleed to death. All this happens in front of other cattle awaiting a similar fate. Cattle and sheep destined for ‘home slaughter’ are no better off and may face even crueler slaughtering methods.

In Australia, the slaughter of livestock is strictly regulated. Animals intended for slaughter must first be rendered insensible (stunned), then killed before they can regain consciousness.

The adoption of a chilled and frozen meat-only trade would prevent the suffering of long-distance sea transport. It would also save millions of animals from the cruel fate awaiting them at their destination.

The annual Festival of Sacrafice (Eid al-Adha)

Australian sheep are, right now, starting to leave for the Middle East for the annual Festival of Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha). Last year we condemned around one million sheep to this cruel fate.
During the festival, thousands of sheep are slaughtered in homes, on footpaths and in overcrowded abattoirs. The sheer scale of the slaughter makes this period one of the worst times for animal suffering in the Middle East.
2009 has been a turning point for our campaign to end live sheep exports. Thanks to economic work we commissioned by ACIL Tasman, we now know that farmers don't rely on the trade to make a living and in fact Australia is losing rural jobs because of it.

ACIL Tasman revealed that ending the trade won't significantly impact farmers or the economy; it would immediately create an extra 2,000 jobs; and it would boost our sheep meat exports (which are already four times more valuable to the economy than live exports). The RSPCA has laid out a positive way forward that would secure farmers livelihoods, reap dividends for the economy and importantly, end the suffering of four million sheep every year.

We need your help to get the Australian Government to listen. Can you spare a few moments to join the Get On Board campaign and sign our open letter to the Prime Minister?

Sign our open letter to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd >

Thursday, November 12, 2009

RSPCA NSW Adopt a Pet: Velma - RSPCA Sydney Yagoona

Velma was pregnant when she was taken on by the RSPCA and had 3 beautiful kittens. It was very sad when one of her kittens passed on, as Velma pined and called out for her. Now the time has come to separate her from her other two babies but Velma wants to continue on being a Mum. By 9 weeks most mothers stop feeding their babies but not Velma, who wanted to be with her babies just as much as when they were only a week old.

Because of Velma's bad start in life, she is a very nervous cat with strangers and in unfamiliar surroundings. When first introduced into unfamiliary territory, she is incline to race around a room for example, and hide where ever she can. Keeping Velma indoors until she settles in is imperative, more so than most cats. A tranquil home would be ideal for Velma and she does like other cats.

Once settled in, you will find Velma to be a responsive, chatty and a sweet little girl who definitely deserves a second chance. The ideal owner for Velma would be someone who can bring out the best in her with patience and lots of love.

Velma is available to adopt for $160 and comes desexed, microchipped and vaccinated. To adopt, please contact the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona shelter on 02 9770 7555, quoting tag number: 028 7658.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

RSPCA kitten rescue

Antonio (left), Randall (right) holding the freed kitten.

One of our RSPCA Inspectors, Courtney Milton, was recently called out to an animal rescue in Austral, NSW by Randall, an RSPCA supporter who discovered that a distressed kitten was trapped behind a concrete wall and needed to be desperately saved.

Antonio, a local bricklayer in the area, kindly came to assist Courtney and Randall, and managed to free the kitten after some hardwork and clever thinking.

The happy kitten is now in foster care with Randall's mother and is said to be recovering well.

RSPCA NSW would like to thank Courtney, Antonio, Randall and his mum for helping rescue the trapped kitten and for continuing his care.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Will you be an RSPCA Guardian Angel?

Become a Guardian Angel.

Sadly, Christmas is a time of particular need for the RSPCA. Every year, thousands of animals turn to the RSPCA for help and hundreds still remain in desperate need of financial support so they can find new homes.

You can make a real difference. In making a one off donation you will join others in becoming a Guardian Angel to one lucky animal this Christmas. Help us through this crisis. Please donate now to become a Guardian Angel.

Thank you.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Does RSPCA NSW contact supporters and members of the public by telephone?

RSPCA NSW may contact supporters and members of the public via telephone for the following reasons:
- To return telephone enquiries left on our voicemail systems
- To undertake information follow up calls in relation to donations, merchandise purchases, bequests, cruelty complaints and animal adoptions.

From time to time our external customer service provider will contact supporters and members of the public on behalf of the RSPCA NSW in order to offer raffle tickets and RSPCA products for RSPCA fundraising purposes.

RSPCA NSW does NOT 'cold call' supporters or members of the public to ask for donations over the phone.

If you receive a telephone call and are concerned that the caller is not an official RSPCA NSW representative, or is not officially calling on behalf of the RSPCA, please do no proceed with the call and do not provide any personal or credit card payment details. Instead, ask for the representative's name and a contact number, and then call the RSPCA on 02 9770 7555. You will then be able to verify the telephone number and contact details with our staff.

If you have made a transaction over the phone and believe that you have been the victim of fraud, please report details to the NSW Department of Fair Trading for investigation on 13 32 20.

Eurolounge Goes Freerange

Multi award winning restaurant Eurolounge located in Castle Hill has decided to only use free range eggs in its kitchen.

Co-owner Karlene Dimbrowsky who is a long term advocate for using free range eggs and has three chickens at home is instrumental in having this policy implemented in an environment where profit margins are tight. “Not everything is about the money, some things are more important and I’m thrilled we’re finally doing this.” Karlene said. “We’re not looking to change the world but we do want to make this change that is important to us and in a small way and maybe makes others think about the issue” she said.

Owner and Mayor of the Hills Council Peter Dimbrowsky says that this is a personal statement from the entire Eurolounge team. “We talked about it as a team and the feeling was unanimous.” “We’re committed to using free range eggs in the kitchen and we’ve registered with the RSPCA’s Choose Wisely (http://www.choosewisely.org.au/) program as part of our public commitment.” He said.

Head Chef Alex Hau said “Eurolounge usually uses 40 dozen eggs per week which means 80 birds will be “employed” in a free range environment to provide for the restaurant and that’s got to be good news for everybody.

Eurolounge was recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide as one of six restaurants in Sydney for its environmentally sustainable policies.

For more information please see:


Monday, October 26, 2009

RSPCA Adoption Animal Profile - Flop - Lop Eared Rabbit

Name: Flop

Age: 1 Year 3 Months 1 Week
Breed: Lop Eared
Gender: Female

Tag Number: 005 7304

Flop is an adorably cute, female lop eared rabbit. For important information regarding having a rabbit as a pet, please see:


Flop is available to adopt from our RSPCA Sydeny Yagoona shelter and comes health tested. The Sydney Yagoona shelter is open six days, closed Wednesdays, for adoptions.

For more information please call: 02 9770 7555. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mashable's 3rd Annual Open WebAwards 2009

Mashable, the social media guide website, has just commenced it's 3rd annual Open Web Awards competition. The Open Web Awards is an international online voting competition for innovations in web technology and achievements in Social Media.

One of the categories for voting is Best Nonprofit Use of Social Media. If you would like to vote for RSPCA NSW, please click on the poster above! Thank you for your vote and your continued support for the RSPCA NSW.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

RSPCA NSW appealing for witnesses to duck killing

RSPCA NSW is appealing for witnesses to an incident in North Narrabeen on Tuesday, 13 October where a duck was attacked and killed.

Three teenagers were seen capturing the duck and then attacking and killing it, leaving the body on the pathway. The incident took place around midday on Pelican Path, a public pathway between Lake Park Rd and the Ocean Street Bridge in North Narrabeen.

“This is a distressing and deliberate act of animal cruelty and we urge anyone with information to come forward,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David O’Shannessy.

“An incident such as this which results in the death of an animal amounts to an act of aggravated animal cruelty and offenders face a maximum penalty of $22,000 and/or two years in jail.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact RSPCA NSW on (02) 9770 7555 or the Police.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Letter from new owners of Mischa, a deaf dalmation recently adopted from RSPCA Sydney Yagoona.


Recently my fiance and I came to your Yagoona shelter, looking for a dog. We found a beautiful dalmation by the name of MISCHA, and it stated on her cage that she was deaf.

We left the shelter without her, but the whole of the next week we couldn't stop talking about the beautiful dog we had seen and we wondered if she was still there. After contacting the shelter by phone, we arranged to come back to view her again. She was asleep in her cage.

We were sold - we had to have her! So we decided to adopt her and take her to her new home.

I am pleased to tell you how well she has fit in. As a deaf dog it takes her a little longer to learn than a hearing dog, but we wouldn't have her any other way. She had her first ever visit to the beach and even though we kept her on the lead, she loved the water and loved playing in the waves.

I have attached some photos of Mischa at her new home [see above].

Thank you for the work you do, and for saving a dog like our Mischa.

Jo, Adam & Mischa.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 7: Humane Education and Breaking the Cycle of Violence

RSPCA Education Officer Stephanie Sok with students from Ashmont Public School

The RSPCA run a free Humane Education Program for kindergarten, primary and high schools. Our mission is to positively change students’ behaviour and attitudes towards animals through interesting, informative and eye-opening lessons. We hope that these lessons will inspire and encourage students to make kind, informed choices about the way they treat animals and each other.

The RSPCA feel that it is crucial for children of all ages to learn to respect animals and also to understand that they feel pain just like humans do. Research has shown that animal abuse does not happen in isolation but that there is a link between violence towards animals and violence towards people. We as educators are obliged to try and stop this cycle of violence and give students the tools to make better choices for animals.

This is where the FREE RSPCA Humane Education Program can help.

The duration of each lesson is 30 minutes; we come to you and teach classes of up to 30 students in the comfort of their own classroom. We can visit one class or we can take the time to visit every class in the school! Each school also receives an All Creatures Club resource pack which contains curriculum linked lesson sequences, information and a CD ROM for K-6 students.

What RSPCA Humane Education offers:
• Kindy/Early Stage 1 (ES1) – ‘Prevent a bite’ Program

Allows children to learn the correct way to approach dogs and help us to reduce the risk of dog bites. Curriculum link: Play It Safe PDHPE

• Year 1 & 2/ Stage 1 (S1) – Max Pack

With the help of our plush toy dog Max we teach students the role of the RSPCA in our society and the skills needed to be a responsible pet owner. Curriculum link: Workers in the community HSIE; The need for shelter HSIE; Getting along with others PDHPE.

• Year 3 & 4/Stage 2 (S2) – Cat Tales

Because cats are an easy target for cruelty, this lesson aims to encourage positive attitudes towards cats through an exciting and interesting journey through time; looking at cats in history and their amazing adaptations. We discuss important welfare issues and together with the students create a humane home environment for all animals. Curriculum link: Building my network PDHPE; Living in communities HSIE.

• Year 5 & 6/ Stage 3 (S3) – Playing my part

Students learn about the RSPCA as a charity and its role in the community. Through investigating some local animal cruelty cases and an international case study, students reflect on their own role in the community as a responsible citizen and also think about the part they can play from a global perspective. Curriculum link: Playing my part PDHPE; Current Issues HSIE.

Secondary School Humane Education - Breaking the Cycle of Violence

The RSPCA Humane Education Department has reached over 60 000 primary students in NSW. Due to the success of the program and ongoing support from the University of Sydney, we would like to extend our education to secondary schools with our important humane messages.

As a Teacher or Parent, Why Should I be Concerned About Animal Cruelty?

Because of the link between animal cruelty and violence. Animal abuse does not happen in isolation. It is part of a far bigger problem of violence in society. Research suggests there is a link between animal abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and aggressive, anti-social behaviour.

Animal cruelty is often a sign of serious psychological distress. It can indicate that a youth has either experienced violence first hand or is at risk of becoming violent towards people. Research shows that most
serial killers had, as youths, killed or tortured animals. We must recognise that youths who deliberately abuse animals or talk about animal abuse in the home, are crying out for help. For youths living with domestic violence, family pets are extremely important and they can develop intense relationships with them – these
relationships can either be positive or negative.

Teaching youths empathy for animals has shown an increase in empathy for humans.

How can I help break the cycle of abuse?

· The RSPCA can help teachers break the cycle of violence through humane education at schools.
· Humane education should be an integral part of every school program.
· Teachers can educate others about the connection between animal cruelty and other violent crimes, including child abuse.
· Teaching by example is a teacher’s most powerful tool. Showing your respect and kindness towards animals models appropriate behaviour for students.
For further information about this program, or to make a booking, please call our Humane Education Department on 02 9770 7555 or email: education@rspcansw.org.au.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 6: Help Save RSPCA Sydney Yagoona

For over 135 years, RSPCA New South Wales has been helping to do society’s dirty work, work the government doesn’t want to do. Although we are one of only two animal welfare organisations named in The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as a government recognised provider of services, the government contributes less than 2% to our annual operating costs. That’s why we need your signature and donation to help us rebuild Yagoona Shelter.

Our Sydney shelter at Yagoona is one of the biggest in the southern hemisphere. This facility not only cares for and protects thousands of metropolitan animals each year, but it also acts as a filter facility for regional animals. We transport animals from our eleven shelters around the state to Yagoona where they have a better chance of being rehomed.

Yagoona has been in operation for over thirty years and the cracks are beginning to show. While our staff continues to work with the same exceptional level of commitment, we know we could do so much more with the right facility. We are committed to building a state-of-the-art facility that houses animals in comfort and safety. This facility would also focus on the growing need for education in the community. This bold initiative has the working title of the RSPCA Centre for Animal Rescue and Education Services. We have plans for a facility that includes new kennels and catteries, a new animal hospital, a humane education centre and proper staff facilities. We just don’t have the money to build it.

If Yagoona is not seen as a priority by the NSW government, it will continue to deteriorate and will eventually be forced to close. We need your help to alert the government to the urgent need for action. The closure of Yagoona would create immense regional pressure and would negatively impact the other NSW shelters, which don’t have the facilities to cope. Local government would be forced to take responsibility for the overflow of animals despite already being under financial pressure and acknowledging its personnel doesn’t have the skills to deal with animal welfare. RSPCA NSW is effectively subsidising the government at present.

We need our loyal supporters to assist us in lobbying local Members of Parliament to put the rebuilding of Yagoona on their agendas. We need to create a groundswell of support across this state so that the government sees this as an urgent state issue. We need the government to recognise that the Yagoona Shelter not only cares for animals but educates children, protects pets of domestic violence victims, looks after animals of the aged and infirm, acts as a teaching hospital for vets and vet nurses and houses Australia’s largest Inspectorate dedicated to enforcing government laws.

Please sign our online petition:


Please donate to save RSPCA Sydney Yagoona:

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Sydney Yagoona Shelter Wish List

You can also help us by kindly donating the following much-needed items to the Sydney Yagoona shelter.


Dog treats, chews, kennels, clam pools, treat pouches and sand pits. Large dog coats, beds, shade sails, puppy pens, trampoline beds, blankets, large sized jackets and pooper scoopers.

Toys - soccer, football, tennis balls, squeaky toys, rope, chew/throw toys and durable boredom busters soft toys (no toys with beads inside or beanies please).


Cat treats, toys, tunneels, scratching posts, kids play gyms, cat nip, cat grass, kitty litter, and ornamental water fountains.

Birds and Poultry

Toys, aviaries, bird seed, feeders, and perches.

Pocket Pets

Chews, salt and mineral licks, toys, rat and mouse houses and ferret accessories.


Sawdust, straw, hay, fencing materials, livestock shelters, horse rugs, bridles, lead ropes and saddles.

Veterinary /Grooming Equipment

Heating pads (microwaveable), instrument trolleys, stainless steel exam benches, microchip scanners, grooming clippers, brushes, combs, nail clippers, dog and cat electronic weigh scales, hydrobaths, and stretchers /spinal board.

Gardening Equipment

Potted plants, watering cans, wheelbarrows, lawn mowers, whipper snippers, outdoor bench seats, high pressure hose and pumps, stable brooms, rakes, feed bins.


Industrial washing machine, air conditioning units, dryers, digital cameras, scanners, digital projectors , screens, LCD screens, photocopiers, laminators, brochure display stands and paper shredders


Automatic water dispenser for animals and a metal storage cabinet.

Please note: Unfortunately we do not have the resources to be able to pick up items; it is greatly appreciated if items could please be dropped off at our shelter.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 6: RSPCA Inspectorate and RSPCA Superhero Ball 2009

RSPCA NSW has Australia’s biggest squad of law enforcement officers dedicated to policing offences against animals. There are 30 inspectors in NSW – 15 in the Sydney metropolitan area and 15 located in regional areas around the state.

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1979, RSPCA Inspectors have the power to remove animals from owners who are cruel, neglectful or indifferent to their animals’ suffering. Inspectors investigate more than 12,000 complaints every year. Many of these complaints are dealt with on the spot by educating owners of their responsibility. The cruelty cases are referred to the courts for prosecution.
RSPCA inspectors investigate complaints against all kinds of animals in all kinds of situations. The most common complaints are failure to provide adequate food, veterinary treatment and adequate shelter.

Inspectors also investigate pet shops, sale yards, abandoned animals, drought stricken livestock, tethered animals, hoarders – people with more animals than they can look after and acts of intentional harm and cruelty.

In 2007/2008 financial year our Inspectorate received 6,401 insufficient food and water complaints, and investigated a further 13,649 complaints, with 835 charges made against 129 defendats.

Rocky's Story

Rocky, a Kelpie cross, was seized by RSPCA NSW after a concerned member of the public reported a very skinny dog in the neighbourhood. On of our Inspectors, Claire, followed up on the report and found Rocky in the backyard of a house. He was in extremely poor health and although he was emaciated with his ribs clearly visible, his gentle nature shone through. Inspector Kendall brought Rocky back to the shelter where he received some much deserved attention during his stay at the RSPCA. He was nursed back to a healthy weight and body condition.

His owners were prosecuted and pleaded guilty. Rocky was surrendered to RSPCA NSW. A healthy, happy Rocky was put up for adoption. Despite his history of neglect, Rocky’s good nature ensured he found a home quickly. His new owners keep in touch with the RSPCA staff that cared for him. Finally Rocky has been given a second chance at a life he deserves.

RSPCA Superhero Ball 2009- raising funds for our RSPCA NSW Inspectorate

Formally known as the Paws for Celebration Ball, this year’s RSPCA annual gala event has been ‘supersized’. Gone are the stuffy chairs and tables, three course dinner and live auctions – replaced by a cocktail-style event with food and drink included in the reduced ticket price. And we’re not talking cocktail frankfurts and a glass of chardonnay. Substantial, welfare-friendly food will be circulating all night along with a bevy of beverages to whet even the most parched participant.

Replacing the live auction items – which the same six people tend to bid on every year – is a cavalcade of interactive games. For $5, $10, $20 or $50, you might pick up a prize in the bat cave, win a car on the Noble Toyota Tree or jostle the joker to give up some goodies. Each time you play, you are assisting the RSPCA and you stand the chance to win amazing prizes including holidays, a car (courtesy of Noble Toyota), a scooter and so much more.

Dress is black tie or, if you feel the need for speed, come dressed as your favour superhero... or just wear your undies on the outside. Come mingle with animal-friendly celebrities and superheroes.

There is a serious cause behind this event. We are hoping to raise $60,000 on the night to purchase an Emergency Response Vehicle for our inspectors. You might have seen the Scooby rescue on the news - if not, don't miss the the full story on tonight's RSPCA Animal Rescue! -  our Inspectors worked for five days straight and had to call in favours from the fire brigade, mine safety experts and commercial drillers to assist in this operation. In that same week, our inspectors attended nine rescues. An Emergency Response Vehicle would have made the operations a lot easier.

Watch RSPCA Inspectors being interviewed on the Channel 7's Sunrise Morning Show >

Please help us help our very own Superheroes and have some fun doing it. The event is open to everyone – not just our dedicated supporters – so bring a friend or find a friend on the night!

Tickets are $150 which includes all drinks, food and live entertainment. And remember to bring a pocket full of change to play our interactive games and bid on our silent auctions.

Click the button above to buy tickets online.To donate prizes to the ball or purchase tickets over the phone, please contact the RSPCA NSW Events Team on 02 9782 4480 or email events@rspcansw.org.au

Monday, October 5, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 5, Part 2: Pets of Olders Persons (POOPs).

Pets Of Older Persons (POOPs)

The Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) program assists socially isolated elderly people by offering assistance with their pets in times of crisis. The POOPs Program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible.

POOPs was established by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) at St Joseph’s Hospital Auburn in 2003 to temporarily care for the pets of elderly people who were admitted to hospital. The RSPCA became involved to provide assistance with veterinary care and emergency boarding.

At present, POOPs assists clients residing in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

POOPs services:

•  Temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency boarding of the pet should the owner require hospitalisation.
•  Assistance with veterinary treatment at the RSPCA Sydney Hospital when required.
•  Assistance with dog grooming if required.
•  Home visits when required to assist the elderly with basic pet care.

Who is eligible for POOPs?

POOPs is specifically designed to help elderly people over 65 years of age who do not have any relatives or friends that are able to help care for the pet in time of need.

Palliative care patients of any age who are socially isolated may also access POOPs services.

What does it cost?

Where possible, clients pay the veterinary, grooming and boarding fees at the time of service. Pensioners receive a discount on all services and payment plans can be arranged if required. All cases will be assessed on an individual basis.

The POOPS program is not government funded and relies on donations and grants for support.

For more information, email poops@rspcansw.org.au or phone: 02 9770 7555.

Volunteers for POOPs

Occasionally, we can’t find enough foster carers and volunteers to assist with POOPs. If you’re interested in assisting with any of the following tasks, please contact our POOPs Coordinator or call 02 9770 7555.

•  Transportation of POOPs animals
•  Walking or feeding POOPs animals
•  Temporary foster care of POOPs animals
•  Donating goods, time or money to POOPs.

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 5, Part 1: Safe Beds for Pets

RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets Program

Large numbers of family members in domestic violence situations have pets. Sadly, these family pets often become directly involved in domestic violence, as abuse of a pet is a tactic commonly used to control, hurt and intimidate the victim. Fear of leaving pets in the hands of a violent partner often prevents or delays victim's leaving a domestic violence situation.

Australian studies have indicated that between 50 and 85 per cent of women who experienced domestic violence had a family pet and that 54 per cent of abused women indicated that their partner had hurt or killed their family pets. In addition, over a third of people in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Community experience domestic violence or abuse.

The Safe Beds for Pets program was established to provide temporary housing for pets of families seeking refuge from domestic violence and to address the link between animal and human abuse and child protection. The safe beds program is not a long-term solution to the housing of the pet, but it gives domestic violence victims peace of mind and allows them to secure their own safety and make arrangements for the future. It is common practice for the perpetrator of domestic violence to lure family members back home by threatening to harm the pet. With the Safe Beds for Pets Program families can now leave domestic violence situations and not fear for the safety of their pets.

Who is eligible for Safe Beds for Pets?

Safe Beds for Pets is specifically designed to help victims of domestic violence. In most cases, these animals are referred through to the RSPCA from a domestic violence counselling service.

What does it cost?

Where possible, clients pay the veterinary and boarding fees at the time of service. All cases will be assessed on an individual basis.

The Safe Beds for Pets program is not government funded and relies on donations and grants for support.

For more information please email safebeds@rspcansw.org.au or Phone: (02) 9770 7555.

Safe Beds for Pets Checklist

- Please let us know if your pet has any health problems or is on medication.

- Provide as much information as you can on your pet’s behaviour – this will assist with settling your pet into their emergency accommodation as quickly as possible.

- Keep in regular contact with the Safe Beds for Pets Coordinator who can give you updates on your pet’s welfare and assist with getting you and your pet back together again as soon as possible.

- We want to help keep you and your pet safe – please keep information about your pet’s emergency accommodation confidential.

Thank you Sydney Twestival 2009

A big thank you to the organisers of the recent Sydney Twestival event who raised funds for our Safe Beds for Pets program through Twitter and a live event at Cafe Bones, Leichhardt. Sydney Twestival raised approximately $500 for the program!

RSPCA NSW greatly appreciates Sydney Twestival's support and for increasing awarness of our Safe Beds for Pets program.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 4: Choose Wisely

Choose Wisely is the RSPCA's campaign to get hens out of cages. It's called Choose Wisely because whether you're a restaurant or a household, your choices can make a real difference to hens.

We believe hens should be able to:

◦ scratch in the dirt
◦ forage for food
◦ lay their eggs in a nest
◦ stretch out and flap their wings
◦ perch and dustbathe
◦ socialise freely
◦ be protected from the elements and predators.

Choose Wisely asks businesses to commit to using free-range or barn-laid eggs at a Gold, Silver or Bronze level based on whether they use them in some or all of their products.

Gold means all egg-containing food items sold on the premises, including sauces and cakes, are made with free-range or barn-laid eggs.

Silver means free-range or barn-laid eggs are used in all egg-containing food items made on the premises. However, it is understood that cage eggs may have been used in products brought in, such as cakes and sauces.

Bronze means all whole eggs used on the premises are free-range or barn-laid. This could include fried eggs, omelettes, salads, etc. These products should be clearly labelled.

This is a big commitment so we’re also asking consumers to support those businesses that take this step and to encourage those still using cage eggs to make the change. To find a Choose Wisely restaurant or to register your restaurant visit our Choose Wisely website.

Plus, when next you’re standing in the egg aisle in the supermarket, the RSPCA asks shoppers to choose wisely and help us get hens out of cages!

Better accreditation needed for Free-Range Egg Industry

After exciting talk of certain supermarkets supporting cage-free eggs a few weeks ago, there has been a lot of talk about free range eggs this week – and not a lot is good.

An article in the Sun Herald on Sunday 6 September (click here to read) reveals that the accreditation system for free-range eggs is, in some cases, just a simple marketing exercise to push up prices.

We at the RSPCA urge our supporters not to give up on supporting the hens in free-range and barn-laid systems. In short - please keep up the fight to get hens out of cages and for free range eggs to be the standard in stores and supermarkets.

To help solve the problem of accreditation, RSPCA Australia has developed an accreditation system called the 'RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme’. So far we have signed up a good number of egg producers who meet RSPCA’s standards, but we'd love to see more.

Look out for the RSPCA ‘Paw of Approval’ on the following eggs: Modra free range eggs, Coles barn laid eggs, Pace barn laid (Liberty) eggs, Sunny Queen barn laid eggs, Ruradene free range eggs, Southern Egg barn laid eggs, MMM Farm barn laid eggs, Compass Barn laid eggs and Valley Brook barn laid eggs.

Please visit http://www.rspca.org.au/ for more details.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 3, Part 2: RSPCA Foster Carers

The fostering of animals is an important and rewarding part of the work that RSPCA NSW volunteers and staff undertake and gives those animals that would not normally be able to be re-homed a wonderful start in life before moving on to suitable, lifelong homes.

The purpose of foster care is to place into temporary care those animals who are not suitable to be housed in the shelter environment, whether they are too young or small to be eligible for adoption, are recovering from illness or surgery, or have behavioural reasons such as being timid or not coping at the shelter.

The photo above is of George, one of RSPCA Tamworth's Volunteers and Foster Carers. George is 75 years old. When George lost his wife a few years ago, he became very lonely and heard about RSPCA Tamworth's recruitment drive for Volunteers and signed up.

George absolutely loves fostering the animals, especially Bundi, the dog who appears with him in the photo above. Bundi and George are best mates and George takes very very good care of Bundi (and vice versa!).

George proudly tells all his carers and nurses that he fosters for the RSPCA. RSPCA Tamworth Volunteer Branch President, Patricia Varley has clearly seen what a difference being a Foster Carer has made to George's life.

Put simply, George is just amazing. It's so wonderful to see that members of the community - from the age of 10 (see Lakota's story, previous blog post) to 75 - give up their time to get involved and play a fundamental role in the care and wellbeing of animals.

Becoming a RSPCA Foster Carer
In order to become a Foster Carer you must first join the RSPCA as a member, attend an information session and have a premise inspection so we can discuss with you what types of animals and how many at a time you would be best suited to foster.

For further information, please visit our Foster Care page on the RSPCA NSW website.
To register your interest in the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Shelter Foster Care Program please contact:

Hannah Burfitt
Co-ordinator, Animal Welfare Support - RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Shelter.
02 9770 7578

To enquire about Foster Care programs at other RSPCA Shelters or Volunteer Branches, please visit our Shelters & Branches information page.

RSPCA Awareness Week - Day 3, Part 1: RSPCA Volunteers

RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches

RSPCA NSW Volunteer Branches are the backbone of RSPCA's work in regional NSW. Each branch is run exclusively by volunteers and plays a fundamental role in foster care and finding permanent homes for animals, plus running information and desexing programs.

Many Volunteer Branches fund their operations through donations from businesses and members of the community, fundraising events during the year (trivia nights, golf days etc), regular market stalls - and so much more!

Each Volunteer Branch usually consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, plus often other positions such as Publicity Officer, Cat Foster Care Coordinator and Dog Foster Care Coordinator.

These positions are voted for each year at each Volunteer Branch's Annual General Meeting.

The picture above is of one of our super active RSPCA Junior Members/Volunteers/Foster Carers (phew!), Lakota.  Lakota is 10 years old and is pictured holding 'PAVAROTTI', the Jack Russell who does the Hyundai advertisements!

Click here to see celebrity dog PAVAROTTI in his Hyundai ad >

This photo was taken at a recent fundraiser RSPCA Tamworth Branch held at the Oxley Dog Training Agility Trials in September. Lakota often helps RSPCA Tamworth at market stalls and other RSPCA functions and should be commended for her generosity, continued support and passion for animal care and welfare.
Good on you Lakota!!

If you have a passion for animals and are interested in volunteering to help RSPCA volunteer branches - your local RSPCA Volunteer branch would be only too happy to hear from you!

Click here to find an RSPCA Volunteer Branch near you >

Volunteering at RSPCA NSW Shelters

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA NSW team and play an active part in supporting our work to improve the welfare of animals and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves dedication, commitment and passion. It is a great way to gain experience, develop new skills, meet new people and be directly involved in the animal welfare cause.

There are many volunteer roles available – some involving contact with animals, while others provide support without direct contact with animals. Opportunities exist to assist with animal care, administration, events, customer service and fundraising!

Click here to read information about Volunteering at RSPCA NSW shelters >

Corporate Volunteering at RSPCA NSW

We are often asked how corporate groups can volunteer their time to help RSPCA NSW.

Perhaps your organisation would like to volunteer at one of our fundraising events? Coming up is our RSPCA Superheroes Ball on 30 October 2009 in Sydney. Or why not volunteer at our Blue Mountains shelter in Katoomba that needs help with their upcoming Garden of Rememberance!

Thank you to HSBC - Corporate Support Day

8 staff from HSBC joined us on a paid corporate support day recently. They were treated to a lecture on the work of the RSPCA from our shelter volunteer co-ordinator Marika, a tour of the shelter from Deb and some dog walking with Hannah and our shelter animals. Then they were put to work in the garden! Another great group from HSBC. HSBC are workpace donors and regular corporate support dayers!

If you and your team are interested in doing some corporate volunteering for RSPCA NSW please contact:

RSPCA NSW Business Relations Manager

Mr James Roden
02 9782 4491.

Thank you to all our Volunteers!
RSPCA NSW would link to thank all our volunteers for their tireless work and dedication. The list of roles and respsonsibilites our volunteers have is far too long to list here, but without our volunteers the RSPCA would not be able to function.
"Volunteers don't get paid. Not because they're worthless - but because they're priceless." ~ Sherry Anderson".

Stay tuned for Day 3, Part B: RSPCA Foster Care Network