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.
 
RSPCA NSW.

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.

http://www.rspcaguardianangel.com.au/