Thursday, July 30, 2009

Internet Scam

Sample image used in Nigeria/Cameroon scam

RSPCA NSW would like to warn the public about a new form of Nigerian money scam that has hit the internet.

Pet websites - including retail businesses and online adoption sites - are being used in a scam originating from Cameroon and Nigeria. The perpetrators steal ligitimate photos of pets from these websites, appropriate the name of the business/site and post fake pets for sale with instructions to deposit money directly into a local bank account (the money is then transferred off-shore).

Many of these advertisements are also now appearing on otherwise legitimate pet trading sites that are trusted by the community. The number of cases has reportedly increased in the last few weeks.

What you can do:

* Ensure you receive as much information about the person selling the pet
* Obtain contact details of the seller and try and visit the pet for sale, or contact the seller by phone (rather than through email)

* Do not become involved in any purchases/adoptions that mention the source being in Cameroon or Nigeria

If you have become involved in one of these scams, please contact the Department of Fair Trading in NSW:

If the scam has used the business name and branding of a legitimate retail business or adoption site, please contact the business or site so they can take appropriate action.

All animals that appear on the RSPCA adoption site are added uploaded through RSPCA's secure adoption software and cannot be access by the general public.

Monday, July 27, 2009

RSPCA NSW at Bulldogs Fan Day - Sunday 26 July 2009

RSPCA NSW had a fantastic day at the ANZ Stadium yesterday with the NRL Bulldogs team and their legion of supporters.

After an early morning training session the Bulldogs team met with excited fans to sign autographs and chat about the season. Players Brett Kimmorley, Jarrad Hickey and Brent Crisp showed their support for the RSPCA by sitting with us at the RSPCA information tables to sign autographs and pose for photos. A big thank you to all the Bulldogs supporters who donated money to the RSPCA NSW; we appreciate all the words of support and for your continued generosity.

One of our RSPCA NSW Inspectors also came along to meet the fans and allow them the opportunity to ask questions about the RSPCA and our Inspectorate. Information about our Safe Beds for Pets program, the upcoming RSPCA Cup Cake Day on the 17 August and animals available for adoption at were also available at the tables.

One of the highlights for fans and players alike was 'Sirius', a Pug X from our Sydney Yagoona shelter. Sirius had a fantastic day meeting lots of Bulldogs fans and even met his bulldog mascot 'brother' (see photo below).

Sirius is currently available for adoption at the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona shelter. Sirius is a very friendly boy of approximately 18 months to 2 years of age. He's trained to 'sit', 'lie down' and will hit the ground and roll over on command (or when he feels like it!). He would make a fantastic pet and is available by contacting the shelter on 02 9770 7555.

Watch out for the Bulldogs and RSPCA NSW this Saturday 1 August at ZOOM Carwash in Revesby. You'll be able to meet Bulldogs players and watch them give some of our shelter dogs a good wash, plus meet RSPCA staff and an RSPCA NSW Inspector.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cat of the Week - Cheddar - RSPCA Yagoona Shelter

Cheddar is a young and affectionate young cat. She is only 6 months old, so she's a playful girl who likes to run and play. At other times she’ll just enjoy hanging out in the sun and like most cats - sleeping! She just loves companionship and adores being smoochie and cuddly.

Cheddar is friendly and seems to get along well with other social cats. She has a short coat that would only require occasional brushes to remove any loose hair and keep her looking shiny. Cheddar would love to come home with you where she can curl up on the end of your bed at night and enjoy lazy days laying in the sunshine.

Cheddar is $190 to adopt, and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and health tested.

RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Shelter is open six days a week (closed Wednesdays) for adoptions. For more information or to adopt Cheddar please call 02 9770 7555.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

McGraw-Hill supports RSPCA NSW

Corporate supporters from the publishing firm McGraw-Hill got stuck into our Sydney Yagoona Shelter garden and built a fantastic a gazebo for our visitors. McGraw-Hill also made a large donation of vital funds to the RSPCA NSW.

One of the team had this to say:

"On behalf of our group, I would like to say a big thank you to you and the wonderful staff at the RSPCA.

I think the day was an eye opener for all of us, as none of us were fully aware of the work that is done every day to help the lost, neglected and abused animals, and with so little support from the State Government. Thank heaven for you and everyone else who works and also volunteers their time.

We all came away with the feeling that we want to do more."

For information on Corporate Support opportunities, please click on the link below (you will be taken to the RSPCA NSW website):

Monday, July 13, 2009

RSPCA NSW Dog of the Week - Stuie

STUIE - Australian Cattle Dog.

Stuie is an adorable, friendly, playful young pup who just wants to please!

Stuie is deaf and his new owners will reap the rewards for spending time with him - he is very responsive. Advice on adopting a deaf dog will be provided, including information on using light flashes to catch his attention.

Stuie doesn't make a lot of noise and is a very easy going lad. He is uncomplicated - what you see is what you get. He gets on well with the other dogs and plays well with them. He's not aggressive, but a sensitive soul and he picks up on training as long as you have the patience to show him properly. All round a pleasure to have!

Stuie is house trained as is currently allowed in the house with his carer. He loves to sleep at your feet when you are busy working inside on the computer. Walks next his to carer when off lead but also leads well.

Stuie is not a working dog, but will make a great family companion.

Adoption price for Stuie is $210.00 and includes veterinary check, de-sexing, micro-chipping, 1st vaccination and worming. Two (2) complimentary training sessions at Oxley Dog Training, Tamworth is available if interested.

If you are interested adopting Stuie, please contact Patricia at Tamworth RSPCA on 0411 896 940. Please quote the ID tag: 0314488 and mention 'Stuie' when calling.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

RSPCA does not endorse free food email

We've received a number of enquiries from RSPCA supporters about an email currently circulating about free food and whether the site in question is an RSPCA site. Please be aware that this is NOT an RSPCA website, nor is it endorsed by the RSPCA in any way.

We cannot vouch for the legitimacy of this website, nor the free food donation program. We have removed the website address from the sample of the email below for security.

RSPCA - Free and Quick - please do it

Hi, all you animal lovers!

This is pretty simple... Please ask ten friends to each ask a further ten today!

The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (about 15 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'. This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Here's the web site! Please pass it along to people you know.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Help the RSPCA ban the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates in the pork industry

RSPCA NSW is urging all supporters to help increase the public awareness of the dismal plight of intensively farmed breeding sows and to ban the use of sow stalls in Australia.

A sow stall is a metal-barred crate that houses a single sow for all or part of her 16-week pregnancy. The floor of the stall is usually concrete, with a slat-covered trench for manure at the rear. There is just enough space for the sow to stand up in — she cannot turn around and can only take a short step forward or back. About a quarter of sows in Australia are kept in stalls for the full length of their pregnancies.

Sow Stall Facts:
- Sows spend their lives in a narrow, metal barred pen (just 200cm x 60cm) with a concrete floor and barely enough room to stand and lie down. Sows cannot turn around in their stalls

- the lack of movement results in severe muscle and bone deterioration, making it difficult to stand up and lie down.

- Many sows ultimately begin to display repetitive or self-destructive behaviours such as biting the metal bars all day, constant head bobbing and chain pulling.

RSPCA NSW is actively campaigning to ban the use of sow stalls and farrowing crates. We have set up an online petition to ban the use of sow stalls. It has over 3000 signatures and thousands of comments of support - but we need more!

You can support this campaign by sign the petition at:

Thank you for helping to ban Sow stalls and farrowing crates by signing our petition.