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.