Friday, December 24, 2010

RSPCA applauds breeder identification legislation!


RSPCA Australia has welcomed the new dog breeder identification system proposed by the Queensland Government and is urging other states to follow suit.

“The new dog breeder identification system proposed by the Queensland Government will play a major role in stamping out unscrupulous puppy farmers,” RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist, Dr Bidda Jones said.

“This is great news and shows that the Government has taken on board the suggestions of animal welfare groups and responsible dog breeders.”

Each breeder property would have its own number and that number would have to be displayed at point of sale or in advertising for sale or supply. There would also be compulsory microchipping of breeding bitches. These measures reflect the steps proposed by the RSPCA and other stakeholders to bring an end to puppy farming across Australia.

“The RSPCA has long campaigned for an end to puppy farming, and this is a progressive step in the right direction, taken by the Queensland Government – one we hope catches on in other states.”

“In Queensland alone over the past two years, the RSPCA has cared for more than one thousand dogs seized from deplorable conditions on puppy farms.”

“This system will help ensure that all puppies born in Queensland are raised in a healthy and happy environment and, importantly for their future, are permanently traceable to their breeder.”

Help the RSPCA by pledging your support...http://www.closepuppyfactories.org/

RSPCA on 7pmProject: A pet is for life! Not just for Xmas!



Stay tuned to 4:14 to see Dr. Chris Brown aka The Bondi Vet speak with Sue Hill of the RSPCA about responsible pet adoption and ownership.

If you’re not ready to make the long-term commitment of owning a pet, another option is to sponsor one of RSPCA’s many shelter animals over the busy Christmas season by making a donation and becoming a Guardian Angel to an animal in need. You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf and make that person an RSPCA Guardian Angel. For more information, visit http://rspcaguardianangel.com.au/

A pet is for life! Not just for Xmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gymea College carpentry deliver Xmas joy!


Carpentry students from Sydney Institute Gymea College who took out the Best Design Award at the 2010 TAFE NSW Doghouse Challenge have brought Christmas cheer, joy & their winning designs to the Yagoona Shelter.

The TAFE NSW Doghouse Challenge, now in its eighth successful year, is a great mentoring and skills development opportunity for students undertaking courses in skill shortage areas such as carpentry, joinery, cabinetmaking and shop-fitting. Each team was given a set amount of materials, generously donated by Bunnings Warehouse. It was then up to the team of students to use their specialist training and a lot of creativity to come up with the winning doghouse designs. The Gymea students were up against tough competition with rival team designs ranging from an Ettamogah Pub, Eco Houses, House Boats and a Warehouse styled kennel.

The competition was held at Bunnings Warehouse – Maitland Centre on Saturday 30 October, a team of  fourteen Apprentices Mark Andrews, Geoffrey Balzer, Benjamin Bussa, Chevy Phillips, Mark Ferguson, Jonathon Finney, Bryce Herrick, Sam Kakouris, Alex Lane, Travis Martin, Brock Moore, Josh Rippon, Daniel Morris and Kurtis Goldsmith, battled it out against teams from Sydney, the Hunter and the Illawarra to take out the prize.

In the end the Sydney Institute - Gymea College team got the seal of approval from both human and four-legged judges (RSPCA Dogs were in attendance) with their design named 'TEMPLE'.

The RSPCA was also a winner on the day with TAFE NSW donating their finished kennels to help the organisation raise money for the essential ongoing work of finding loving new homes for dogs in need. Thank you guys!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Adopt a Pet Profile: Mark, Domestic Short Hair


Mark is a very sweet and adventurous boy. He loves to explore and would run around the house in his foster carers home, finding places to explore and hide. He is a very smoochie boy and loves to receive pats and being held.

Mark loves to play with toys so would love little toys he can play with and chase after, he loves balls and small stuffed toys like toy mice. He loves to play and would spend hours running around with his brothers and sister. In his foster home his favourite toy was a tiny elephant that he would carry around and chase after for hours, that’s when his twin brother, Tom wasn't playing with it. Mark would love a scratching post to sharpen his claws and to climb on.

He lived with 2 gentle natured dogs while in foster care and got along well with them but if his new home has any dogs he must be slowly introduced to them, especially if they are excitable as they will scare him. He has a short coat and will need the occasional brush to rid any loose hair. Mark and his twin brother Tom both have no tails, they were born this way but it doesn't affect them in any way. They are both normal, healthy and happy little kittens.

Mark is $190 to adopt, and is desexed, vaccinated, wormed, health tested and is at the Sydney Shelter (Yagoona).

You can contact him by...

Phone (02) 9770 7555
Fax (02) 9770 7575

Address 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199.

Adoptions:

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

The RSPCA is open six days, closed Wednesdays, for adoptions. For more information please visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/ or call 9770 7555.

Make a difference to farm animals this Christmas!


You can enjoy all your favourite festive food this Christmas and still care for the animals that provided it.

What better time than Christmas to make the switch to a humane alternative by purchasing higher welfare ham, turkey, chicken and eggs for your Christmas feast.

So what humane food products should I purchase this Christmas?

It’s important that the higher welfare products you buy are certified by a trusted body like the RSPCA.

With so many products and messages in supermarkets it’s often difficult to know what to buy, let alone how it was produced. To help with this, the RSPCA encourages you to purchase food stamped with the RSPCA Paw of Approval.

Approved Farming is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme dedicated to improving the welfare of Australia’s farm animals.

Here’s some tips to follow when shopping for humane food this Christmas.

Turkey

Look for RSPCA Approved Coles Finest Free Range Fresh Turkey (available nationally) and Mt Barker Free Range Turkey (available in WA).

Pork/Hams

Look for bred free range or free range pork. RSPCA Approved brands of pork include:
Coles Finest fresh pork (available in ACT, NSW & VIC)

Primo fresh pork (available in ACT, NSW & VIC)

Otway pork (available ACT, NSW, VIC & SA)

Gooralie pork (available in QLD)

• selected Wursthaus hams (available in TAS)

We hope to see RSPCA Approved pork in WA and NT soon.

Chicken

Look for free range chicken certified by an independent organisation like the RSPCA.

RSPCA Approved chicken includes Mt Barker Free Range Chicken (available in WA). We hope to see RSPCA Approved chicken in other states early 2011.

Eggs

Choose RSPCA Approved barn or free range eggs. RSPCA Approved brands of eggs include:
Coles Barn Laid (available nationally)

Rohdes Free Range, Compass Barn Laid and Modra’s Free Range (available in SA)

MMM Barn Laid (available in WA)

Sunny Queen Barn Laid and Silverdale Free Range (Available in QLD)

To find your nearest stockist visit, www.rspca.org.au/shophumane

RSPCA’S PET SAFETY TIPS FOR HOT SUMMER DAYS


Summer’s in full swing and amongst the festivities and celebration, RSPCA NSW reminds people to keep pets safe during hot summer months. High temps and hot weather can be a killer for animals of all types.

“A big misconception is that animal’s coats will keep them cool enough,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad. “But pets get hot just like people and they don’t have the luxury of changing into something cooler.” It’s important to make sure pets always have access to fresh water and shade, as heat stress can develop very quickly.

If companion animals are kept outdoors, it’s a good idea to keep several bowls of cold water in the shade in case one gets knocked over. If dogs are tethered, make sure they can get to a cool shady place, even if they become tangled or entwined in their lead.

Outdoor pocket pets like rabbits and guinea pigs should be kept in the shade. “Hutches and metal cages turn into ovens if left in the sun,” warned Dr Awad. For added comfort, freeze some water in a plastic bottle and leave it in the cage for animals to lie against.

And don’t forget about livestock – they require plentiful supplies of fresh water and access to shade as well.

It’s best to walk dogs in the early morning or late evening to avoid midday heat. Older, overweight and brachycephalic dogs (short-nosed breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs and Boxers), as well as dogs with heart problems, are more at risk of suffering the effects of the heat. “Remember that dogs don’t sweat and heat stroke can come on within minutes,” warned Dr Awad.

Just like humans, animals are also affected by the harsh summer sun. Dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals with white noses and ears are particularly susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer. As such, it’s best not to expose them to midday sun. For added protection, apply zinc oxide to white animals’ ears and noses if sun exposure is unavoidable – speak with your vet to make sure you’re using products that are suitable for animals.

Finally, never leave animals in hot cars. Cars left stationary in the sun can reach temperatures in excess of 80°Celcius, and can remain dangerously hot even if the windows are open. Ute trays also become extremely hot. “It only takes an animal six minutes to die from heat stroke,” stressed Dr Awad.

For more tips on keeping animals cool during hot summer months, visit
http://www.rspcansw.org.au/animal_info/safe_summer_for_animals/heat_stress_in_animals

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Don't surprise someone with a pet" Advises RSPCA NSW


RSPCA NSW reminds the public that pets are a long-term commitment and should be a considered purchase, not an impulse buy. The not-for-profit animal welfare organisation does not advocate surprising someone with an animal as a gift this Christmas.

“Pets can be a wonderful addition to the family, and they can bring a lot of joy to people’s lives,” said RSPCA NSW Animal Wellbeing Executive Manager Susan Hill. “But surprising someone with a pet isn’t wise, as it often results in unwanted animals being abandoned or surrendered to us.”

If you’re considering adding a pet to the family, it’s important that everyone involved understands the responsibilities. “Parents often purchase pets for their children as gifts, but then end up taking care of the animals themselves when children lose interest or when the responsibility becomes too much for the kids.”

RSPCA NSW encourages people to think about things like lifestyle, budget, yard size and amount of free time they’ll have to commit when considering a pet.

“We encourage people to research the animal they’re interested in to help make sure they understand what’s involved with caring for a particular breed,” said Ms Hill. “If someone lives in a small apartment without a yard, we may not recommend getting a kelpie or other working breed dog that requires lots of exercise and needs room to run around.”

If giving an animal as a gift, it’s a good idea to involve the person receiving the gift to ensure it’s a good fit. RSPCA NSW also offers gift certificates. “That way, people can come in and choose an animal that’s right for them.”

If you’re not ready to make the long-term commitment of owning a pet, another option is to sponsor one of RSPCA’s many shelter animals over the busy Christmas season by making a donation and becoming a Guardian Angel to an animal in need. You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf and make that person an RSPCA Guardian Angel. For more information, visit http://rspcaguardianangel.com.au/

Adopt a Pet Profile: Kooper, Beagle


Kooper was surrendered to the RSPCA because his previous owner did not have any room for him so he is now looking for a new family and home.

Kooper is living in a foster home with a staff member for about four months now as he doesn't cope too well in the shelter environment.

He can be very unsure when meeting new people, but he bonds very quickly with people and has settled in well in his foster home.

It's recommended that Kooper be rehomed with no younger children as he loves his food and would prefer to be left alone while eating.

He must also not be rehomed with cats or pocket pets as he likes to chase them.

Kooper gets along well with other dogs and currently lives with another beagle in his foster home, but if you do have another dog at home they must meet before adopting him to ensure they will get along well as housemates.

He will need at least 1-2 walks per day as he is a very active breed. This will help keep him happy, healthy and fit.

Your yard must be enclosed by secure fencing of at least 5ft with no gaps or holes for him to escape.

If you are interested in adopting Kooper, or would like any more information on him, feel free to contact the Yagoona shelter and ask to speak to his foster carer Adam Steel so you can arrange to meet him. You can also click here to see Koopers online profile, where you can find him and all his other available shelter pals.

Kooper is at the Sydney (Yagoona) location.

You can contact him by

Phone (02) 9770 7555
Fax (02) 9770 7575

Address 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199.

Adoptions:
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas is a time for giving - RSPCA Giving Tree


Remember your loved ones this Christmas...

Help the RSPCA to protect the welfare of animals this Christmas when you purchase a $2, $5 or $10 ornament for the RSPCA giving tree @ any participating Petbarn store/location. If you would like to give to animals in need this Christmas...

1 - Choose a charity; RSPCA, Animal Welfare League or Lort Smith.
2 - Purchase an ornament.
3 - Write your message on the back.
4 - Hang it on the Petbarn Giving Tree.

100% of your money will go to the charity of your choice.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

‘Tis the season to keeps pets safe!

Pets and presents don’t mix.
Bows and ribbons can cause choking hazardsand intestinal blockages in animals.
With Christmas just around the corner, RSPCA NSW urges pet owners to take extra precautions to keep pets safe and healthy during the festive season.

“The family Christmas tree can cause a number of problems for animals,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad. “Christmas decorations and items such as tinsel, baubles and ribbon can result in choking, intestinal blockage and even death for pets. Pets can get hold of glass baubles and break them – this can lead to cut paws, which can be quite painful and quickly become infected.” Chewing on wires from the tree lights can cause severe burns and electric shock. Christmas tree needles can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and irritation to the mouth and stomach, if eaten.

Gifts look beautiful under the tree, but can wreak havoc on inquisitive pets. “We’ve seen cases where dogs have located and eaten whole boxes of chocolates that were wrapped and sitting under the tree,” said Dr Awad.

“To avoid any accidents, the best place to put the tree and presents is in a room that’s off limits to pets.”

Don’t share Christmas lunch or other human food with pets. “Even small portions of table or barbeque scraps can cause serious health issues for animals, including pancreatitis,” warned Dr Awad. Cooked bones, lobster shells, chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, macadamias, walnuts, coffee and alcohol are dangerous if ingested and in some cases, can be fatal. Animals can sneak food from kitchen benches and rubbish bins, so it’s important to keep food and scraps completely out of reach.

“A lot of people put out chocolates and lolly bowls for guests during the holidays. Make sure pets don’t get into these, as chocolate and artificial sweeteners are particularly harmful to animals.”

A number of holiday floral arrangements contain flowers and plants that are poisonous to animals. Lilies, poinsettias and mistletoe are just a few examples. For a list of dangerous plants and flowers, please visit http://rspcansw.org.au/animal_info/Toxic_Plants

With new activities and more people around the house, your pet’s routine can be easily be disrupted and they may become agitated or stressed. “Make sure your pet has access to a quiet place where they can relax and feel safe,” said Dr Awad. This may help to keep them calm and stave off any misbehaviour that might ensue.

It’s also important to remind guests to watch for pets when opening outside doors. Make sure animals are microchipped and wearing current identification tags just in case they get out.

“The festive season is our busiest time of year,” said Dr Awad. “RSPCA Shelters and Veterinary Hospitals across the state are inundated with sick, injured and lost animals. Many of the injuries we treat could’ve been avoided. So we urge people to plan ahead and take extra care to ensure their pets stay safe.”

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

RSPCA NSW adoption costs halved in lead up to Christmas!


RSPCA NSW Shelters state-wide have hit capacity and are desperate to find homes for the influx of animals in their care. From 16th – 19th December, the not-for-profit animal welfare organisation is cutting adoption fees in half in an attempt to rehome as many animals as possible before Christmas.

“Every year, we experience the same thing,” said RSPCA NSW Animal Wellbeing Executive Manager Susan Hill. “We become inundated with thousands of extra animals during the warm summer months. This puts us in a terribly distressing situation whereby we end up euthanasing healthy animals because we’ve run out of space.”

In hopes of finding loving homes for as many animals as possible during this particularly busy time, RSPCA NSW has launched their ‘4days4life’ initiative. For four days only, animals at RSPCA NSW Shelters or the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill will be available for half the normal adoption fee.

This applies to animals who are at least 4 months of age or who have been in the RSPCA’s care for at least 4 months.

“Animals are a long-term commitment and should be considered carefully,” said Ms Hill. “But if people are ready to adopt an animal, we hope this initiative will encourage their decision to come to the RSPCA before going anywhere else.”

For more information, visit www.rspcansw.org.au/4days4life

Santa Paws 2010 @ Rouse Hill Care Centre


This past Saturday saw our Rouse Hill Care Centre visited by "The Man in Red" and a hundred odd feathers, fur and fins. It also marked the first anniversary of the RSPCA Care Centre’s opening. “The Care Centre concept is designed to increase our rehoming rates and reduce euthanasia rates,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “We’re very pleased with its success so far. To date, the Care Centre has rehomed an amazing 446 animals.”

Santa Paws 2010 was a huge success with owners and furry fur-iends alike flashing their pearly whites in order to get into Santas good books. All money raised from the portraits will go to the RSPCA NSWs work to provide care and welfare for all animals by actively promoting their care and protection.

Some photos from the event can be viewed on Facebook!

RSPCA NSW launches toll free cruelty hotline


RSPCA NSW announces the launch of its long-awaited 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) number. NSW residents state-wide can now easily dial the toll free number to report any suspected acts of animal cruelty to RSPCA NSW.

“We’re really excited about the new number,” said RSPCA NSW Call Centre Manager Nicole Louise. “It’s a much easier number for people to remember. Plus, we’re hoping it will make the RSPCA more accessible, especially to people in regional areas who wouldn’t otherwise make a long distance call.”

The 1300 CRUELTY hotline will also help to assist the organisation’s expansive regional volunteer branch network.

RSPCA NSW is the last state to introduce a toll free number. “It’s long overdue,” said Ms Louise. “Until now, the organisation didn’t have the funds required to set up the hotline. But thanks to State Government funding specifically allocated to this initiative, the toll free line is finally up and running.”

“We hope this new number encourages people to reach out to us so we can help.”

People can also report acts of animal cruelty on RSPCA NSW’s website: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/services/inspectorate/report_a_cruelty_case

Monday, December 13, 2010

Protect your pets from Summer's Pests and Parasites


RSPCA NSW warns pet owners that extra care should be taken to keep pets safe and healthy from summer’s pests and parasites.

“One big concern during hot summer months is snake bites,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad. Snakes will be more prominent now, as they look for food and mates. “At the beginning of summer, the venom of snakes is more toxic and snakes are more aggressive,” warns Dr Awad. Tiger and Brown snakes are common culprits when domestic pets are bitten.

To help prevent snake bites, walk your animals on leads rather than letting them run off (especially in bushland areas near water). At home, keep lawns and grass height low and clean up any rubbish piles where snakes might hide.

If you think your pet has been bitten, keep him calm and quiet, and get to a vet immediately. Pets left untreated have a much lower chance of survival.

If you can identify the snake, tell your vet – but don’t try to catch or kill the snake. If the snake is already dead, bring it with you. Otherwise, there are blood or urine tests that can identify whether your animal has been bitten and the type of snake responsible.

Ticks can also pack a deadly punch and due to the higher-than-average spring rainfall, the Australian Veterinary Association has advised this season will be one of the worst on record for ticks. To help prevent bites, make sure flea and tick treatments are up to date – speak with your vet to confirm proper dosages, as many preventatives for dogs are toxic to cats. It’s also a good idea to check your animal’s coat every day for ticks.

“Native animals are a host for ticks,” said Dr Awad. “So if you have blue tongues or possums living nearby, you might also have ticks about.”

If you find a tick on your pet, keep the animal calm and quiet. “Any activity may result in the toxins spreading more quickly throughout the body,” cautions Dr Awad. Signs of tick paralysis include weakness in the back legs, change in voice or coughing. It’s imperative that you get your animal to the vet as quickly as possible, as paralysis progresses very quickly and animals can die within hours.

Spiders can also cause serious problems for animals. Dogs are more tolerant of spider bites than cats, but are certainly not immune. Animals that have been bitten will show intense pain at the site of the bite. Cats typically salivate excessively and become stressed, restless and can become out of breath. Often, affected animals will also show muscular weakness and paralysis.

As with snake bites and ticks, it’s important to take your pet to your local vet as quickly as possible for treatment.

“Summer is a very busy time for us,” said Dr Awad. “These emergencies can be distressing and, at times, fatal. Prevention is better than the cure. So we advise all pet owners to be particularly alert over the summer months.”

RSPCA NSW offers veterinary services at the following locations:

Sydney Shelter – 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona

Care Centre – Civic Way, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Rouse Hill

Broken Hill Shelter – South Road, Broken Hill

Hunter Valley Shelter – 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford

Newcastle – 75 Elizabeth Street, Tighes Hill

For more information about RSPCA NSW’s veterinary services and veterinary office hours, please visit http://www.rspcansw.org.au/vet_services

Floods, bushfires and more - Helping your animals survive an emergency!

 
The recent floods in rural NSW are a reminder that disaster can strike at any time. And with bushfire season soon upon us, the RSPCA NSW reminds the community that now is the time to prepare an emergency evacuation plan. The plan should also include measures to ensure the safety of family pets and other animals being cared for.

“Planning ahead is critical,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy. “Often, people have no choice but to leave their animals behind because they’ve not considered their pets as part of their evacuation plan.”

In preparation for an emergency, the RSPCA recommends:
  • Having carry boxes (for smaller pets), leads (for dogs) and halters (for horses) readily accessible – if possible, familiarise pets with boxes and leads in advance so they become more comfortable with them
  • Ensuring pets wear collars and tags at all times – tags should include the animal’s name, owner’s name and phone number
  • To always have a secondary contact number on the ID tag or microchip record – a home phone won’t be answered in an evacuation
  • Ensuring pets are microchipped and registered with your local council, as required under NSW law
  • Preparing an emergency pet supply kit – food and water (remember to pack a can opener if feeding canned food), food and water bowls, kitty litter and litter tray for cats, medication, blankets and towels
  • Keeping current photos of your pets and a detailed description of them, in the event they become lost
  • If pets should become lost during an emergency, contact the RSPCA for helpful tips on how to locate them
Livestock tips include:
  • In preparation for bushfires, prepare and maintain fuel-reduced areas onto which livestock can be moved and held
  • In preparation for floods, move livestock to highest ground available
  • Have emergency supplies of fodder and water available
“Pets typically cannot survive on their own so taking animals along at the time of evacuation is strongly recommended whenever possible,” stressed Chief Inspector OShannessy.

If you must evacuate and cannot take your pets, leave a sign in the front window indicating how many animals have been left behind, along with your name and contact information. Remember to place the sign high up in the window so that it doesn’t become obscured by debris or rising water levels (in the event of a flood).

While the thought of disaster and emergency isn’t always at the forefront of your mind, taking time now to prepare helps ensure the safety of your family and pets.

More information on animal welfare in emergencies is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/emergency

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pet of the Month - Chester - Fifty Plus lifestyle


Chester is a laid back and independent fellow was brought to the RSPCA as a stray. He is a relaxed cat who enjoys finding somewhere warm and taking a nap. He isn't too adventurous and is pretty happy to chill around the house. Chester tends to play rough when he is feeling active though he isn't overly interested in toys. He would best suit family that are looking for an independent cat. Chester is a smoochie boy, he doesn't like being picked up or held but loves to receive pats. Chester would be happiest in a quiet home where he can do his own thing.

Chester is $160 to adopt, and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and health tested. The RSPCA is open six days, closed Wednesdays - for adoptions. For more information please visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/ or call 9770 7555.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

RSPCA Care Centre offers pet photos with Santa!


Santa Claus is coming to town – the Rouse Hill Town Centre, that is. He’s making his way to the RSPCA Care Centre for one day only and pet owners are invited to bring their animals along for a festive ‘Santa Paws’ photo.

The RSPCA Care Centre will offer professional photographs of owners and their pets with Santa on Saturday, 11 December from 10am to 2pm.

“Pets are part of the family, so why not let them enjoy the holiday spirit as well?” said RSPCA Retail Business Manager Karen Heath.

Santa photos aren’t just for cats and dogs. “We’re extending the invitation to other pets as well,” said Ms Heath. “But because we’re located in a shopping centre, some restrictions may apply.” If in doubt, Ms Heath recommends contacting the Care Centre.

Regardless of what kind of pet people bring on the day, all animals must be contained: dogs must be on leads; cats, pocket pets (rabbits and guinea pigs) and reptiles must be in carriers.

Photographs are $15, and pets will also receive a free gift from Santa. All money raised will go to the RSPCA NSW.

Don’t have a pet? Stop by and visit the animals available for adoption. The Care Centre offers cats, dogs and pocket pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.

This weekend also marks the first anniversary of the RSPCA Care Centre’s opening. “The Care Centre concept is designed to increase our rehoming rates and reduce euthanasia rates,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “We’re very pleased with its success so far. To date, the Care Centre has rehomed an amazing 446 animals.” Mr Coleman will be at the Care Centre on Saturday to help celebrate Santa Paws and mark this memorable first year.

RSPCA Care Centre
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Civic Way, Rouse Hill
Ph: 02 8883 0622

Animal cruelty hearing – Parramatta Local Court

Photo of Poodle taken on 11 December 2008

A local Baulkham Hills woman was sentenced at Parramatta Local Court for three animal cruelty offences this week, Monday 6 December 2010. After preparing for a defended Hearing, the woman pleaded guilty to three charges relating to two separate incidents in 2008 and 2009 when dogs were removed from her premises by RSPCA Inspectors for veterinary care.

On 11 December 2008, RSPCA Inspectors were requested to monitor the welfare of numerous animals being removed from the woman's property at Wentworthville by Parramatta City Council Officers. Two dogs were identified as requiring veterinary treatment and transferred to the RSPCA's Veterinary Clinic. A male Standard Poodle was diagnosed as suffering severe conjunctivitis and dermatitis. A female Great Dane had bite wounds and an ear infection. The woman pleaded guilty to two charges of failure to provide veterinary treatment to the two dogs.

On 24 May 2009, a female Chihuahua and her three puppies were seized by an RSPCA Inspector from the property at Wentworthville. The dog was emaciated with a severe flea burden and dental disease. She was lactating and feeding her three puppies. The examining veterinarian estimated that she had not been provided with adequate nutrition for at least thirty days. The woman pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to provide proper and sufficient food. The dog gained 22% of her presenting weight after three weeks in RSPCA care. The Court awarded custody of the dog and puppies to the RSPCA on 24 August 2009 and all have been rehomed.

The woman was placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for twelve months. Under the conditions of the bond, RSPCA Inspectors are permitted to conduct monthly inspections of the woman's premises, including her residence. An Order was made prohibiting her from owning more than eight animals or residing at any premises with more than eight animals. She was ordered to pay over $14,000 in professional and veterinary/boarding costs.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

RSPCA makes another animal friend in Adam Taylor!


The Whirlpool 340L Fridge/Freezer donated by Adam Taylor

A huge heartfelt thank you must go out to our animal friend Adam Taylor who heeded the call last week when our Somersby Pound in Gosford lost their ageing fridge to planned obsolescence and the summer heat. The call went out far and wide via Facebook and Twitter (respectively) and to our delight and great appreciation, Adam stepped forward and kindly donated a brand spanking new Whirlpool 340L Fridge/Freezer :) His donation is an invaluable resource (particularly at this time of year when the mercury rises) and is greatly appreciated by all of us here at the RSPCA!

If you or your company would like to help the RSPCA by donating much needed machinery, supplies or equipment - please call James Roden on (02) 9782 4491 or email jroden@rspcansw.org.au. Or alternatively you can view our shelter wishlist here.




WA home to Australia's first RSPCA approved chicken!


West Australian free-range chicken producer Mt Barker will tomorrow become Australia’s first chicken farm to join the RSPCA’s Approved farming Scheme.

461 million chickens are produced in Australia every year. RSPCA Approved Farming aims to get as many of those chickens as possible out of conventional systems and onto farms that better meet their behavioural and welfare needs.

“Mt Barker is a leader in its industry and in animal welfare and the RSPCA is delighted to have them on board as our first chicken meat producer,” said RSPCA Australia President Lynne Bradshaw.

“We’re also pleased to announce that RSPCA Approved Mt Barker Free Range turkeys will hit the supermarket shelves just in time for Christmas.”

Mt Barker General Manager Mark Rintoul said becoming RSPCA Approved was the next logical step for the company, which enjoys a strong reputation in WA as a producer and supplier of humane food.

“We joined the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme because we wanted someone independent; an organisation with a reputation that our consumers trusted,” said Mr Rintoul.

“We wanted credible certification that could give that extra assurance that what we are doing is good quality farming and that our chickens are true free-range and enjoy a more natural life.”

Top Chef Russell Blaikie only uses Mt Barker free-range chicken and will be providing a smorgasbord of culinary treats for tomorrow’s official launch at renowned Perth wine bar, MUST.

“Food provenance and the integrity of my suppliers and their production methods are at the core of my cooking. Serving food with a conscience, including humanely produced food, is key at MUST.”

RSPCA Needs treats and toys for all the girls and boys!

RSPCA NSW’s Lauren Dovey, Hannah Burfitt and Adam Farrugia with Sydney Shelter animals
Due to the influx of additional animals being surrendered during the busy festive season, the RSPCA Sydney Shelter is once again experiencing a shortage of treats and toys for the animals in its care. As such, Shelter Staff are asking for donated treats and animal-friendly toys in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

“The summer season, particularly the weeks before and after Christmas, is our busiest time of year,” said Animal Wellbeing Support Coordinator Hannah Burfitt. “RSPCA shelters across NSW will receive nearly three thousand additional animals during this time – this is above and beyond the number of animals that are already in our care,” said Ms Burfitt.

Treats are consumed more rapidly during this time, as they’re used as part of the Shelter’s positive reinforcement training methods with the animals. “We work with the animals on a daily basis, and treats provide a reward system for obedience training,” said Ms Burfitt. “We use toys to provide mental and physical stimulation, but also comfort to animals during their stay in an unfamiliar environment.”

Specifically, the Shelter is in need of dog and cat treats, pet-friendly toys (no beanie toys), blankets, pet beds and kitty litter.

All treats and toys can be dropped off at the Sydney Shelter, located at 201 Rookwood Road in Yagoona, between 9.00am and 8.00pm. Items can also be purchased directly from the Shelter’s retail store (closed Wednesdays) and the RSPCA Care Centre located at the Rouse Hill Town Centre.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Animal cruelty hearing – Campbelltown Local Court

A local Rossmore man appeared at Campbelltown Local Court on Thursday 2 December 2010. After preparing for a defended Hearing, the man pleaded guilty to a single charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment to eight goats.

RSPCA Inspectors responded to a report of dead goats on a Rossmore property on 17 June 2009. They found a number of deceased goats and others in poor condition. Eight goats were seized for urgent veterinary examination. Their body conditions ranged from very thin to emaciated. All goats were diagnosed as suffering from parasitic infections of the gastrointestinal system for at least six weeks. Two of the goats subsequently succumbed to anaemia and emaciation.

The Magistrate recorded no conviction under Section 10 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act. The man was ordered to pay $4,500 professional costs and gave an undertaking to pay $3,586.90 for the RSPCA's veterinary and shelter costs.

The man surrendered the surviving goats to the RSPCA in July 2009 and five were rehomed after recovering their health.

All charges are under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations.

RSPCA NSW celebrates 2010 International Volunteer Day!

The incredible team from Optus Sydney, with James Roden at front holding adoption dog Milly who was very excited to have visitors.
Sunday, 5 December is International Volunteer Day and RSPCA NSW would like to thank all the volunteers who help keep the animal welfare organisation afloat.

The RSPCA is a not-for-profit entity and receives less than 2% of funding from the government. Therefore, they rely on their extensive network of volunteers to help improve the welfare of animals and protect them from cruelty and neglect.

“Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA NSW team,” said Sydney Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator Marika Taylor. “They play an active part in supporting our work and are involved in many facets of what we do.”

Some volunteers provide hands-on help with the shelter animals by assisting with exercise, basic training, grooming and providing animals with environmental enrichment and individual attention. Other volunteers provide support though assistance with administration, photography, events, customer service, local community fundraising and involvement with the foster care and Pets of Older Persons (POOPS) programs.

In addition, the Volunteer Branches are the backbone of the RSPCA work in regional NSW. Each branch is run exclusively by volunteers and plays a vital role in foster care and finding permanent homes for animals, desexing programs, support, fundraising initiatives in their local community - and much more!

“Volunteering is a great way to be directly involved in the animal welfare cause,” said Ms Taylor. “We’re very fortunate, as our volunteers offer the highest level of dedication, commitment and passion.”

To find out how you can get involved with the RSPCA NSW, please visit http://www.rspcansw.org.au/get_involved.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Match your personality type to the traits of various cat breeds!

Which Cat
The Paw Nation staff decided to have a little fun with the Adopt-A-Cat chart. They created a list of human personality types and then matched them to the cats in the chart based on all the feline traits shown. We know that you are much more complicated than a single chart and a few personality styles can express but if you find any of these traits and behaviors familiar in the list below, you may also find guidance in choosing your next pet. Let us know in the comments if we got the owner/animal match ups correct!

Source : Pawnation

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Help Border Collie Bailey find a home!


Bailey, a 16-month-old Border Collie cross, has been at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter for nearly five months now and is desperately awaiting a new home.

“Bailey is a responsive and friendly young boy,” said RSPCA Sydney Shelter Supervisor Adam Farrugia. “But he’s been at the Shelter for several months now and he’s not coping very well anymore. He’s started showing signs of stress – he’s losing weight and is quite anxious in his kennel. So we’re hoping to find him a home very soon.”

Border Collies are working breed dogs and require daily exercise and lots of ongoing mental stimulation to alleviate boredom. True to his breed, Bailey is very smart and devoted. He can be a bit boisterous when playing and is therefore best-suited to a home with children over eight years old. He also shouldn’t go home to any cats or pocket pets, as he gets a bit excited and likes to chase them.

“Outside the Shelter setting, Bailey is great. He does really well with one-on-one training and gets along with other dogs,” said Adam.

$300 to adopt, Bailey has been behaviour-assessed, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and health tested.

The RSPCA Sydney Shelter is located at 201 Rookwood Road in Yagoona and is open six days a week (closed Wednesdays) for adoption.

For more information about Bailey, please visit www.adoptapet.com.au or call 02 9770 7555.

RSPCA NSW Indigenous Dogs Program visits Walhallow


RSPCA NSW’s Indigenous Dogs Program will visit the North West Slopes region of NSW 22nd and 23rd November to offer free desexing and animal health checks to local communities.

The aim of the program is to improve the health and safety of indigenous children and families by implementing an integrated companion animal health scheme in rural indigenous communities. The program offers much needed veterinary services and education to regional and remote indigenous communities that may not otherwise be able to attain them.

An ambulatory hospital will be set up in Walhallow, a rural village located near the Mooki River, where members of the community are encouraged to bring their pets along for treatment and advice. RSPCA NSW staff and volunteers will offer vaccinations, health checks, microchipping, surgical or chemical desexing, treatment for fleas, worms, ticks, mange and other parasites, as well as practical pet care advice and education.

As part of the education component, RSPCA NSW Inspector Claire Kendall and RSPCA Training Coordinator Narelle Maxwell will visit Walhallow Primary School on Monday to teach children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention.

“We try to involve the community as much as possible,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA Sydney Shelter Veterinarian and Desexing Program Coordinator. Dr Withers, who’s been involved with the program since its inception six years ago, believes having a community liaison is critical to making the program successful. “Without community involvement, our efforts are hopeless.”

RSPCA NSW has partnered with the Hunter New England Environmental Health team to contact local council and ensure community participation. The health service team is also responsible for securing a location for the ambulatory hospital to be set up.

The program is offered to communities free of charge, and relies on grants and private donations for funding. “We’d love to get out on the road and visit more rural areas, but our limited budget only allows us to reach two or three towns per year,” said Dr Withers.

So far, the team’s efforts have helped to control unwanted breeding and limit disease transmission between animals and humans in communities throughout NSW including Ivanhoe, Wilcannia, Bourke, Enngonia, Namoi, Gingie, Collarenebri, Weilmoringle, Brewarrina, Goodooga, Toomelah and Boggabilla.

Monday, November 29, 2010

RSPCA NSW Auxiliary Christmas Raffle



The time of the year is upon us once again, thats right the RSPCA NSW Auxiliary Christmas Raffle is here and the prizes are bigger and better than ever before. Buy 1! Buy 10!! Buy 10 for a friend!!! Make new friends by giving them a ticket!!!!  Heed my words brothers and sisters, thou must be in this thing, to win this thing.

Prizes
* 1st Prize - V9 Supercars Gold Pass Drive for 2 Adults. Kindly donated by V8 Race.

* 2nd Prize - Captain Cook Coffee Cruise Double Pass. Kindly donated by Captain Cook Cruises.

* 3rd Prize - IMAX Theatre Double Pass. Kindly donated by Hoyts

* 5th Prize - Drinkwell Pet Water Fountain

* 6th Prize - Kids DVD and Book Pack

All money raised goest towards helping animals in the RSPCA Yagoona shelter.

Tickets are only $2 each - please contact Lauren on 0414 782 093 or enquiry@rspcanswauxiliary.com to purchase.

Raffle will be drawn at 12:00 pm on Saturday the 18th of December and all winners will be notified by phone.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Snowy Mountains Cookies a good egg!

Snowy Mountains Cookies has been recognised nationally as a ‘good egg,’ today being awarded an RSPCA Good Egg Award.

The RSPCA Good Egg Awards recognise major companies that make the switch to cage-free eggs.

“Snowy Mountains Cookies has shown great leadership in their industry and we’d like to recognise them for their commitment to animal welfare,” said RSPCA Australia CEO, Heather Neil.

“They can be proud that they are making a positive impact on the life of layer hens and setting the standard for others.”

Since launching their business in 2006, Nolen and Daisy Oayda have always maintained a high standard for their cookies.

“We didn’t ever think about using cage eggs in our cookies. We have always used free-range eggs ourselves and wouldn’t entertain the idea of using eggs from birds that had to spend their lives in cages when there are great alternatives readily available,” Nolen Oayda said.

Snowy Mountains Cookies believe that quality and wholesome ingredients are essential to produce a real, honest and delicious tasting cookie.

“We are proud to let our customers know that we are committed to using the best ingredients like free range eggs, couverture chocolate and real butter” Said Nolen Oayda

“We have always received positive feedback for using free-range eggs and winning the RSPCA’s Good Egg Award is not only a huge honour, it also confirms that we’re doing the right thing.”

The Good Egg Award began in the UK with international award winners including McDonalds UK, Subway and Sainsburys supermarkets.

“International winners tell us that receiving a Good Egg Award and helping to get hens out of cages has made good business sense. It has also boosted staff morale, improved brand image and reputation, and benefited their bottom line,” Ms Neil said.

“If you’re in the food service industry and have made the switch or are looking to make the switch to cage-free eggs then contact the RSPCA about applying for a Good Egg Award in 2011 – every egg you serve makes a difference to hens and your efforts should be celebrated.”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Adopt a Pet Profile: Maude, Foxie X


Maude is a very sweet lady that is looking for a new “Forever” home. She came to the RSPCA as a injured stray that had been hit by a car. She had a broken pelvis and had to be rested for 6 weeks to recover.

Her injuries have all healed and she gets around like nothing ever happened. She doesn’t like children so will need a home where no children come and visit. A home where her new owner will be home a lot and allow her to be inside. She appears to be toilet trained and is generally quiet but will make a good watchdog. She will make a wonderful companion for an older lady as she can be unsure of some men and but will fall in love with her owner. She is dog social but if you have another dog at home you, she will need to meet them before she can go home. She doesn’t mind cats but will chase and bark at them if they hiss at her or run away.

She needs a very special home.

If you think you might be the right owner for Maude please contact Tara at the RSPCA on 9782 4401

Friday, November 19, 2010

RSPCA applauds industry vote to move away from sow stalls!


The RSPCA today commended Australian pig farmers for voting to phase out the use of sow stalls.

“Today’s vote tops off what has been a good year for pig welfare,” said RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil. “250,000 breeding sows spend all or part of their pregnancies in a sow stall. The stalls are about as pig as the sow herself and she can only take a small step forwards and backwards.

“Pigs confined in this way have no opportunity to express normal behaviours, leading to great frustration and unresolved aggression. An inability to exercise causes their muscles and bones to deteriorate and they may have great difficulty in standing up or lying down.

“Phasing out sow stalls will dramatically improve the welfare of breeding sows and we hope that farrowing crates are next on the industry’s hit list.”

Animal cruelty hearing – Campbelltown Local Court


A local Minto man appeared at Campbelltown Local Court yesterday, Tuesday 16 November 2010. He pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to provide proper and sufficient food to his dog.

The emaciated female Bull Mastiff dog was seized by an RSPCA Inspector on 20 August 2010. The examining veterinarian estimated that the dog had not been provided with proper nutrition for at least four weeks. The dog gained 5.4 kilograms (19% of her presenting weight) after five weeks in RSPCA care.

The owner was convicted and fined $200. He was ordered to pay $79 Court costs and $200 towards the RSPCA's veterinary/boarding costs.

The Magistrate awarded custody of the dog to the RSPCA at an earlier Court appearance on 2 November 2010 and she remains in the RSPCA's care at the present time.

All charges are under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

FARMERS – ARE THESE YOUR SHEEP?


Australian farmers have every right to feel betrayed by live exporters after photos were released today exposing the shocking treatment of Australian sheep in the Middle East during this month’s festival of sacrifice.

“Time and again sheep producers are assured by the Australian Government and by the live export industry that their animals are well cared for overseas,” said RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil.

“These latest photos show sheep trussed and packed into car boots; terrified animals bound with wire and dragged by their feet; and animals slaughtered in front of each other on the streets while others wait in line.

“This cruel handling and slaughter would be illegal in Australia but for some reason we accept this treatment for our animals overseas.
“Australian sheep farmers would be mortified to think these could be their animals. These photos represent a betrayal and sheep producers, who we know care about the livestock they raise, would be well justified in demanding answers.”

The Australian Government banned live sheep exports to Egypt after similar treatment of Australian animals was revealed in that country. The RSPCA calls on the Government to show some consistency and ban the live sheep trade to the rest of the Middle East as well.

“These photos have been taken in the very locations where the Australian Government and industry have been funding improvements. They are proof that we have nothing to be proud of by being involved in this trade.”

PETER ALEXANDER AND RSPCA PARTNER FOR 2011 CALENDAR


Pyjama King Peter Alexander and the RSPCA have teamed up for the second year in a row to develop the Peter Alexander Hot Boys & Cute Dogs 2011 Calendar.

Not only is Peter Alexander renowned worldwide for his sleepwear designs and entrepreneurial spirit, he is also highly regarded for his strong animal welfare beliefs and anti-fur practices.

It’s no surprise then that this animal-loving designer combined two of his passions to create a calendar featuring hot, young male models wearing Peter Alexander sleepwear and adorable dogs from the RSPCA NSW’s Sydney Shelter. The 2010 calendar was a huge success, so with new Peter Alexander sleepwear lines available and more gorgeous dogs looking for homes, the Pyjama King and the RSPCA decided to partner again for the 2011 edition.

“Helping animals is a passion of mine,” said Mr Alexander. “Last year, we raised over $65,000 through calendar sales. This year, I’m aiming for $80,000!”

The Peter Alexander Hot Boys & Cute Dogs 2011 Calendar is on sale now for RRP $19.95 and can be purchased at RSPCA NSW’s retail stores, including the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill, and through the Society’s online store.

Calendars can also be purchased through Peter Alexander’s website or at his retail stores. 100% of the proceeds (excluding GST) from sales of the calendar will be donated to the RSPCA.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday-Find-A-Friend! Teddy!

Teddy is a very active and excitable puppy who is looking for someone who is willing to provide him with training and socialisation. He is still young and will grow to be a big boy and will benefit from training so that he becomes a well behaved adult dog. Obedience classes would be a great place to start his training. He will require one to two daily walks to keep him healthy and happy. For the times that Teddy is alone he will need plenty of toys especially ones for him to chew on, this will keep him mentally stimulated. A regular brush and a monthly bath will keep his skin and coat nice and healthy. If his new home has another dog they must be brought into the shelter to make sure they get along. Teddy is a friendly young boy that is looking for a special family who will help him become a well behaved and happy adult dog. He has been here since January and would love a home for Christmas.


Teddy is $350 to adopt, and is desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and health tested. The RSPCA is open six days, closed Wednesdays, for adoptions. For more information please visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/ or call 9770 7555.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Exotic animal ban reinstated in Ku-Ring-Gai.


The RSPCA congratulates Ku-Ring-Gai Council’s decision to reinstate its ban on exotic animal circuses on council land, yesterday 9 November 2010.

“We are very relieved that Ku-Ring-Gai Council has had a change of heart and reinstated the ban on exotic animal circuses in the Ku-Ring-Gai area,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “It’s a win for common sense, animal welfare and, most of all, a win for exotic animals that are forced to perform tricks, travel long distances and live in unnatural environments. The science has been in for a very long time; circus life can’t meet the social, behavioural or physical needs of exotic animals.”

Ku-Ring-Gai Council’s previous 10-year ban on circuses featuring both exotic and domestic animals was lifted in August this year, sparking outrage amongst the community and animal welfare groups.

After receiving numerous letters and emails objecting to the Council’s decision, and the presentation of a joint RSPCA NSW and Animals Asia Foundation petition containing over 4,000 signatures calling for the ban to be reinstated, a recision motion was voted on by Council last night with seven councillors voting in favour of reinstating the ban and three against.

“We are relieved that Ku-Ring-Gai Council has rejoined the growing list of councils across Australia that have heeded community concerns and banned circuses with exotic animals from appearing on council land,” said Mr Coleman. The RSPCA NSW and other animal welfare groups will now lobby the NSW Government for a state-wide ban on exotic animal circuses.

For more information please visit What is the RSPCA's view on the use of animals in circuses?

Santa Paws is coming to town!


Want a lasting memory of Christmas 2010 with your four‐legged loved ones?

Santa is coming to the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill for one day only and we’d love you to bring in your pets for a festive happy snap by a professional photographer!

Saturday Dec 11, 10am—2pm
$15 with all proceeds going to RSPCA NSW

RSPCA Care Centre
Rouse Hill Town Centre
(next to Gloria Jeans)
Windsor Rd , Rouse Hill
Call 8883 0622

Monday, November 8, 2010

Eurobodalla Branch Garage Sale raises $1700 for RSPCA


This past week our Eurobodalla Branch held a community Garage Sale that saw them bring in a whopping $1700 for the RSPCA.

Firstly, a special acknowledgement and thank you to President Phil Testaz  who was tireless in his pick-up and delivery trips. ( Well, maybe he did get tired!)

Secondly, thanks to all donors: we have been overwhelmed by your generosity. Special mentions: Tracey & Fraser Paterson whose signs made finding the venue so much easier and gave a professionalism to our Branch which we could all well emulate; Anne-Marie whose cooking never ceases to amaze us and is a wonderful seller; Tracey & John who keep us all honest and make sure we sign and date everything as well as give correct change! Sandra Dearing with the craft table; Mr & Mrs Dimoff of Coila who donated plants, and plant pots; Margaret and friends whose green fingers also give us plenty of plants to sell. If I have missed anyone, that is just me having a ‘senior moment’ but believe me it was a group effort and our animal friends are the ones who benefit in the long run. I would be remiss if I did not mention Leanne, who volunteered for the day, and worked very hard.  We hope Leanne will become a member. (Let’s not let her get away !)  The bottom line – a lot of hard work by a lot of people but we made about $1,700 !!

Fantastic stuff guys and a special thank you to Lynne Vilskersts for providing the article. It is your charitable work that inspires other communities and individuals to offer their own time, donations and services. Keep up the great work.

Celebrities Volunteer at RSPCA Sydney Shelter


RSPCA NSW welcomed nearly a dozen celebrity volunteers to the Sydney Shelter last week to help raise awareness about the RSPCA’s Guardian Angel campaign.

Model, jewellery designer and long-time RSPCA supporter, Nikki Phillips, spearheaded the volunteer initiative. She organised a number of animal-loving celebrity friends – many of whom have already been involved with the RSPCA in the past – to come out and volunteer their time. Nikki’s goal was to generate awareness about the organisation and raise much-needed funds leading up to the busy Christmas season.

With thousands of animals relying on the organisation for help, Christmas is the busiest time of year for the RSPCA. “A lot of animals are abandoned over Christmas because people are travelling or they’ve got better things to do,” said Nikki. “The RSPCA is inundated with animals and they need help.”

Nikki organised a photographer and film crew to capture the day’s activities which included spending time with dogs, interacting with cats, interviewing RSPCA NSW Inspector Matt French, and learning more about the Shelter in hopes of dispelling any negative perceptions people might have.

Volunteers included celebrities Nikki Phillips, Erin McNaught, Laura, Csortan, Maude Garrett, Erika Heynatz, Renee Bargh, Airlie Walsh, Lizzy Lovette, April Rose Pengilly, and Bondi Rescue lifeguards Dean Gladstone and Andrew Reid.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Australia gets behind Stayz Give & Getaway!


Stayz.com.au today announced that more than $100,000 was raised for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), CanTeen, RSPCA and the Surf Life Saving Foundation (SLSF) through the inaugural Stayz Give & Getaway Charity Auction.

Thanks to the generosity of Stayz property owners and holidaymakers around the country, more than 300 getaways went up for auction over eight weeks between mid June and August.

The getaways were donated by Stayz property owners with 100% of proceeds going to the four charity partners. Holidaymakers that were successful in the auction were able to nominate which of the 2010 charity partners they wanted to support. Funds raised for each of the charity partners is as follows:
  • BCNA;          $23,018.60
  • CanTeen;      $40,545.99 
  • RSPCA;       $26,114.38   
  • SLSF;           $10,322.65
“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of the 2010 Stayz Give & Getaway auction,” said Kirsty Shaw, General Manager of Stayz. “We would like to thank our property owners for their generosity and all the Australians that got on board and booked a holiday as well as the charity partners for helping us drive awareness of the campaign.”

“The Stayz Give & Getaway Charity Auction enables our property owners, Australian holidaymakers and Stayz to make a positive contribution to the wider community and given the overwhelmingly positive response to the campaign it is meeting an important need within the industry and community,” added Shaw.

The campaign was promoted through Fairfax Digital, social media and charity partner networks to generate awareness and engage supporters and potential holidaymakers. The auction was run through a dedicated micro-site which attracted more than 70,000 unique visitors and close to 500,000 page views over the two-month period.

Details of the 2011 Stayz Give & Getaway Charity Auction will be released early next year.

Chris Smith visits the RSPCA Dog and Prisoner Rehabilitation Program.


(AUDIO) Chris Smith (2GB Radio) speaks to two inmates at John Morony Correctional Complex, about the RSCPCA NSW/CSNSW Dog Rehabilitation Program. Chris also speaks with Ken Francis, RSPCA coordinator and program manager.

The Dog Rehabilitation Program is a joint venture based on a a Service Partnership agreement between the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals NSW (RSPCA NSW) and the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW).

The Program gives selected minimum security inmates an opportunity to learn pet industry-related vocational skills which can help them find employment after their release from custody.

Inmates who have been selected for participation in the program complete nationally recognised qualifications so they can train, exercise and care for dogs rescued by the RSPCA NSW. When a dog responds well to the program, and once the dog is considered safe and healthy enough, the RSPCA NSW will arrange for the dog to be adopted as a well-behaved pet.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Meet Loki! Blue Mountain resident in need of some love!

Loki is an active and loyal boy who is looking for his home for life. Loki will need a secure, fully fenced yard and will need a home where he is included in his family daily activities. He gets on well with most other animals and would do well in a home with another dog for company, but would have to meet any potential doggy friends first! Loki has good obedience skills, but will need a home with owners who are committed and willing to continue his training and socialisation, ideally in a kennel club environment. Being a working breed of dog, Loki will need a medium sized fully fenced yard with owners who can commit plenty of time in exercising him on a regular basis. Loki would suit an active family that would like to have a dog indoors with them.

- Lokis adopt-a-pet profile

Loki is $300 to adopt which includes: Desexing, Vet Check, Vaccination, Microchip, Flea and Worming Treatment, 30 day pet health insurance cover note, and a friend for life! Loki is suitable for ORANGE Families (for more information please see our website at www.rspcansw.org.au)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

RSPCA NSW CAWS Program to visit Condobolin


RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Schemes (CAWS) program will visit central western NSW from the 8th to the11th November to offer the community of Condobolin veterinary services at reduced rates and educate school-aged children about important animal welfare issues.

The CAWS program aims to address the issue of unwanted companion animal (UCA) overpopulation and its impacts on animal and human welfare. In addition, it aims to reduce the numbers of animals being euthanased in rural pounds and shelters, while decreasing human health and safety issues associated with large numbers of roaming stray dogs.

As part of the program, RSPCA NSW Education Officer Zoe Dawson will visit local schools to teach children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention. “The education program is suitable for children of all ages and can be catered to suit the needs and size of the group,” said Zoe. “It’s a fantastic opportunity that only comes about once a year, so we encourage as many schools and community organisations to participate as possible.”

So far this year, the CAWS Education Team has visited schools, childcare centres and community groups in Griffith and Broken Hill.

November bookings in Condobolin are still available by appointment with the Education Team. Please call 02 9782 4477 or email education@rspcansw.org.au for more information or to make a booking.

Animal cruelty hearing - Newtown local court




A woman from Glebe appeared at Newtown Local Court today, Monday 1 November 2010. She pleaded guilty to a charge of failure to provide proper and sufficient food to her male Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint of a dog in poor body condition on 1 August 2010. The underweight dog was located and seized for veterinary examination. The veterinarian estimated the dog was approximately ten kilograms under his ideal body weight and had not been provided with adequate nutrition for at least two weeks. After six weeks in RSPCA care the dog gained 9.1 kilograms (59% of his presenting weight).

The woman was fined $600. She was ordered to pay $79 Court costs and $600 towards the RSPCA's veterinary and boarding costs.

Photo #1 – taken on day of seizure: 1 August 2010
Photo #2 – after a month in RSPCA care: 1 September 2010

RUDDUCKS TREATS THE RSPCA THIS HALLOWEEN!


Rudducks Pet Supplies surprised RSPCA Sydney Shelter staff today by donating over $500 worth of dog treats as part of the Shelter’s Halloween-themed ‘Tricks for Treats’ initiative.

After learning about RSPCA’s treat shortage, Rudducks representative Nathan Grainger quickly sprung into action and hand-delivered several boxes of dog treats to the Shelter.

“Rudducks has partnered with the RSPCA for about two years now and we’re proud to be affiliated with such a great organisation,” said Nathan. “Animals love our treats, so why not use them to help train and reward the shelter animals?”

Treats are consumed quickly at the shelter, as they’re used by the staff as part of positive reinforcement training methods with the animals. Shelter staff and volunteers practice obedience training with the animals on a daily basis, so many animals know basic commands prior to being rehomed.

Sydney Shelter Volunteer Coordinator Marika Taylor initiated the ‘Tricks for Treats’ idea and was very appreciative of Rudducks’ donation. “I’m really grateful for such a generous donation,” said Marika. “The dogs are going to love the new treats.”

Donated treats and toys are still being accepted at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter, 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona between 9.00am and 8.00pm. Treats and toys can also be purchased directly from the Shelter’s retail store (closed Wednesdays) and the RSPCA Care Centre at the Rouse Hill Town Centre.

CAN YOU HELP TESSA THE ABANDONED DOG?


On Saturday 26 June 2010, an underweight eight-month-old Boxer dog was discovered tied to a tree in a park beside the Green Valley Shopping Centre. An RSPCA Inspector found her after a telephone call was received by the RSPCA that morning.

Now known as Tessa, it is believed she was dumped between 1.00am and 5.00am on Saturday 26 June. She is currently being treated at the RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital for intense irritation and discomfort from
mange which covers her face and body.

“After two weeks of care with the RSPCA, Tessa’s skin condition has improved greatly,” said David OShannessy, RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector.

Tessa has a distinctive black and tan patch over her left eye. It is possible that she had gone missing from her legal owners who may be unaware of her rescue by the RSPCA.

Anyone with any information which may assist this investigation is urged to contact RSPCA Inspectors on 02 9770-7555.

Post-script: Mangy mutt now a happy hound!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Como West Public School takes the cake!


Local primary school Como West was responsible for successfully raising the most money not only in NSW, but all of Australia as part of Cupcake Day for the RSPCA earlier this year.  All up, they raised $3,576.40.  RSPCA NSW Education Officer Zoe Dawson attended the school’s assembly and was featured with class winners in the local paper.

Schools throughout the nation raised more than $900,000 for the RSPCA this year.

A letter from Ziggy!


Meet Ziggy! Ziggys' story is reminiscent of many of the animals that we receive at our numerous shelters across New South Wales. To bring you up to speed, Ziggy had been abandoned at our Yagoona shelter and was a long term resident with us for a little over a year. It was only after Ziggy was featured online as one of our Pets of  The Week that he found his adopted guardian, Adam. Below is a letter we received today from Ziggy (with a little help from his new owner, Adam)!

"Dear Adam & all my other friends I left behind at the RSPCA centre, to whom I am extremely grateful to for looking after me until I found the PERFECT home!

WOW - all my dreams have come true at last. I must be in heaven!

OK, it took me a few days to settle - (what did ya expect) and yes, I disgraced myself on the first night. My new Mum and Dad had to pop out for a short while and I was left with my sister Ruby (who by the way is now my best friend ever!) in the back garden - cool, loads of toys to play with, great big lawn, flower beds full of plants and pebbles, so much for me to explore. Cute little house for sister Ruby all decked out with nice cushions and blankets. Well, I got them all out and spread them all over the place for starters, but the best bit was the great big giant bean bag !! I have since learned that it used to belong to the beloved Ralph :( that is sadly no longer with us, but my sister Ruby was rather partial to sunning herself on it in the mornings. Well, it's gone, I shredded it...little white balls everywhere. It looked like it had snowed! Jeez it took Mum and Dad ages and ages to clear up the balls when they got back. In fact they were clearing them up for days and days...anyway lucky for me I never got told off,. They had a good laugh about it. Thank goodness.

Oh, and I got my very own new food bowl! Matches my sisters, except mine is blue cause' I am a boy and hers is pink. Mine is bigger of course, which is only right as I need to eat more than my little sister. I am learning new things all the time. I sit by the back door when I want in and I sit by the front door with my lead on when going for walkies and I sit and wait for my dinner. It's a killer! Sometimes Mum walks away and we are not allowed to move until she says the magic word "OK" then I dive right in, yum yum. I can give my paw now. That's always fun as I get rewarded with a treat, oh that's a great word I know what that means. Every morning when Mum gets up I go out the back to relieve myself and when I come in I go straight to kitchen and sit by the cupboard door and it works every time I get a treat!

I go for walkies everyday. We go to the park and I get to play with all the other dogs and fetch the ball. I am exhausted by the time we get home. The other weekend we went to the beach and I played in the sea. It was fantastic! Then at night when I am all worn out and tired from a hard days playing and eating I get to sleep on Mum and Dad's big bed with Ruby, it's just the best so warm and comfy. 

Well I better go. I can't spend all day on the computer. Ziggy's got more important things to do...off to the park !!  WOOF WOOF and thanks again for looking after me until I found the best home a dog could wish for XX"