Monday, August 31, 2009

RSPCA Care Centre - Rouse Hill

Artist's impression of the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill
Artist's impression of the exterior of the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill


For over 135 years, the RSPCA has been protecting and caring for animals through its shelters. But we know that as soon as we build a shelter, it will be full to capacity with animals that deserve a second chance at finding a good home.

Shelters aren't always the most customer friendly environments. Many people avoid going to shelters because they find it too emotional. Instead, they go to pet shops or breeders. There is also a perception that if an animal is at a shelter, there is something wrong with the animal.

The RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill is a shelter outreach facility that includes an adoption centre and outpatient veterinary clinic. Its main aims are to rehome more animals in a welfare friendly environment and educate the community about responsible pet ownership.

Artist's impression of the RSPCA Care Centre Rouse Hill
Artist's impression of the interior of the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill

RSPCA Care Centre mission statement

"To promote responsible pet ownership through re-homing, education and community enrolment."

The goals of the RSPCA Care Centre:
 * Decrease euthanasia and increase adoptions
 * Promote responsible pet ownership through education
 * Provide expert advice that is accurate and in keeping with our policies
 * Provide a service that is of the highest standards for both Animal Welfare and Customer Service

Integral to this project is the care and protection of animals. As the RSPCA, we are subject to scrutiny and we must be exemplary in our commitment to animal welfare. We have created an environment where animals come first. You will never see puppies in the window at Rouse Hill. Every animal has been transported from our Yagoona shelter. Like all RSPCA animals, the Rouse Hill residents will be desexed, microchipped, behaviourally tested and vet checked. We will also be providing a range of animals of different sizes and ages (not just cute puppies and kittens), and the staff will all be RSPCA accredited.

The products and services that RSPCA Care Centre Rouse Hill will bring to the community are:
 * Animal Adoptions
 * Veterinary Outpatients Clinic
 * Retail Products
 * A Pet Advisory Service
 * Community Education and Events
An undertaking of this magnitude is very costly and we are crossing our fingers that it will work. If you would like to contribute to the animals' care and enrichment whilst they are at Rouse Hill please donate here.

We hope to be opening in early December. In the meantime, we've set up the RSPCA Care Centre Blog so you can visit to keep up with progress:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Barry joins the firm

Barry cat has been on the payroll of the Attwood Marshall law team for almost a year, but he has been spotted only once so far in the firm's Coolangatta office. He is a "claws" lawyer - a bit prickly, but with a softer side.

Barry received a Christmas bonus, has his own email address (he never answers his emails) and is on the staff "tracker" system - although it always says he's having his hair done.

Unfortunately, you will never see Barry arguing a client's case before a magistrate. He spends so much time volunteering at the RSPCA, it seems like he lives there.

Barry is, in fact, a real live feline - but not just any old cat. He is Attwood Marshall's much-loved mascot and is a "house cat" at the RSPCA. The law firm's busy office stopped for a few minutes last week as Barry paid his first visit since the legal eagles began sponsoring him.

Usually unflappable solicitors were smitten by Barry, accompanied by his RSPCA minder. He was happy to have a snooze on the desk of property and commercial law department manager Sheree Button.

It was Mrs Button and solicitor Tia Haynes who set the sponsorship ball rolling for Barry.

"We have a lot of animal lovers here," Mrs Button said.

"Initially, I just went (to the nearby RSPCA centre) to introduce myself and our office. Barry was there and we fell in love with him! When we found out he needed help, we decided to sponsor him - to take up this case!"

Barry shares his name with Attwood Marshall's senior commercial lawyer, Barry Van Heerden.

"That was the clincher," Mrs Button laughed.

When Mrs Button met Barry, he had no fur from his shoulder blades back, and an allergy.

After vet and naturopathy visits, he has grown a lot of his fur back.

He's pleading not guilty to over-indulgence.

Article By Tanya Phillips

Monday, August 17, 2009

RSPCA Cupcake Day 2009!

This year's cupcake celebrations commenced on Monday 17 August 2009 - the official national Cupcake Day for the RSPCA.

Over 3000 RSPCA Cupcake Cooks in NSW hit their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of yummy homemade cupcakes to sell. 100% of the proceeds from these sale will go to the RSPCA.

In the lead up to Cupcake Day the Sydney Yagoona shelter celebrated with special guests and celebrities, including Annaliese Braakensiek, Moto Grand Prix Champion Warwick Nowland, Foxtel's Alicia Malone and the NRL Bulldogs. Delicious cupcakes were sold on the day and fans were able to meet their idols for autographs and photos.

Monday 17 August - RSPCA Cupcake Day - was launched at the Sydney Yagoona shelter with NSW in the lead for the most participants across Australia! Cupcakes galore were available for sale and a special pupcake party was organised for the shelter dogs.

RSPCA NSW wishes to thank all participants of RSPCA Cupcake Day 2009 for their participation, support and generosity.

For more information please visit our official RSPCA Cupcake Day website at

Saturday, August 15, 2009


The RSPCA said Woolworths’ decision to decrease the number of cage egg brands on its shelves sends a strong market signal to producers that demand for higher welfare products is strong and will only grow.

RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist, Dr Bidda Jones, said the decision sent a positive message to consumers about hen welfare and the impact of their choices in the supermarket.

“Customer behaviour is changing as a result of increased awareness about battery cages and for a major retailer to signal a shift away from cage eggs is a big step towards improving layer hen welfare.

“This shift is already occurring overseas with major retailers throughout the UK including Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer refusing to stock cage eggs at all.

“The RSPCA congratulates Woolworths for leading the way in Australia but would eventually like all cage eggs replaced with free-range and barn-laid eggs.”

The RSPCA is working to educate consumers about where their food comes from and increase demand for higher welfare products through its Humane Food programs, RSPCA Approved Farming and Choose Wisely.

“It must be remembered that consumers are driving this change. People want to know how their food is produced so they can decide for themselves, and increasingly they are finding battery cages unacceptable.”

What’s wrong with battery cages?

There is overwhelming scientific evidence to support the RSPCA’s view that hens do not belong in cages. Frustrated from an inability to express natural behaviours as simple as scratching in the dirt or laying their eggs in a nest, caged hens suffer chronically throughout their short lives. 11.6 million hens live like this in Australia today, existing in less space each than an A4 piece of paper. A properly managed barn or free-range system gives hens the freedom to behave naturally.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Peter Alexander and RSPCA furry friends come together for new calendar!

Peter Alexander, Australia's leading designer of pyjamas and sleepwear, commenced shooting his 2010 calendar with the help from some furry RSPCA friends. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of this calendar will go to the RSPCA.

Not only did some of the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona shelter dogs get a fantastic day out in the big city, they also shot to stardom by posing with some of Australia's rising male models.

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

Calendar release date: Watch this space!

To view pictures taken at the Peter Alexander photo shoot please follow this link:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dog of the Week - Max - RSPCA Armidale

Max is a young and active dog who is slightly taller than the average size Kelpie. He is a very friendly and social boy who enjoys the company of people. Max has basic obedience training and would enjoy additional training.

He he walks well on lead, sits and drops on command and has good recall. He also loves a game off fetch!

Max is good with older children and cats, as well as other dogs when on a lead but can try to dominate a little when off lead. Max would suit a family who has had previous dog experience as Max is an extremely smart dog who will need a loving leader.

Max is approximately 1 year and 3 months old. He is desexed, has had a health assessment, is up to date with his vaccinations & worming and has undergone a behavioural evaluation.

Max is $195.00 and is available by calling RSPCA Armidale on 0412 217 364.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Countdown to RSPCA Cupcake Day!

The tastiest fundraising day on the RSPCA calendar is rapidly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to register for Cupcake Day for the RSPCA – a deliciously fun event that raises much needed funds for the animals.

On Monday 17 August thousands of animal lovers across the country will be joining the fight against animal cruelty by baking, selling and buying cupcakes, with every cent going directly to the RSPCA.

“Whether you want to be an RSPCA Cupcake Cook or simply an RSPCA Cupcake eater, you will be supporting the thousands of animals we care for everyday,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.

“Cupcake Day is the perfect excuse for animal lovers to put their baking skills to good use for a great cause.”

Local celebrities will also be joining the fight against cruelty by taking turns to sell cupcakes to the public at the Sydney Shelter – 201 Rookwood Avenue Yagoona – over the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August.

Supporters are urged to register online now at to receive all the information they need to take part. Cupcake Cooks can also enter two online competitions - Most Creative Cupcake and Extreme Cupcake Eating.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dog of the Week Stuie finds a home!

Stuie, a deaf Cattle dog pup recently featured as RSPCA NSW Dog of the Week , has found a new home!

In what can only be described as fate, an 8 year old boy with hearing impairment saw Stuie on our website and went to visit him at our RSPCA Tamworth Volunteer Branch. It was love at first sight! After a couple of weeks trial, Stuie has settled in well and has found himself the perfect home - the boy's mother works in the hearing impairment field, so Stuie will get the care, patience and love that he needs.

What a fantastic match for Stuie and his new family!

To view animals currently available for adoption at RSPCA Tamworth and throughout Australia, please visit

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cat of the Week - Boots - RSPCA Armidale

Boots is a gentle boy who has had a very unsettled life recently. He was used to very small children in a family situation, but changing circumstances meant that he had to be surrendered to the RSPCA after several house moves. He is very affectionate, amenable and purry. He just needs a stable family with whom he can bond and who will give him the love and attention he craves.

Boots' date of birth is 09/11/2005.

If you are interested in adopting Boots, please call Witha from RSPCA Armidale on 02 6772 6217.

To view other animals available for adoption at RSPCA Armidale, please visit and select 'Armidale' from the drop down menu that lists locations.