Thursday, April 29, 2010

RSPCA Supporters in Sydney needed for Million Paws Walk media stunt!

RSPCA Supporters needed for Million Paws Walk media stunt:

Date: Monday 3 May 2010
Time: Meet at 7.15am. Walk from 7.30am to 8.00am
Where: Southern end of QVB (at fountain). Then walking from the QVB, weaving through the city and finishing at Hyde Park.

On the morning of Monday 3 May, a unique dog breed will appear on the streets of Sydney’s CBD. Endorsed by RSPCA NSW, the ‘Invisimutt’ is perfect for people who would love a dog to walk but don’t have the space, time or money to care for one. This new dog breed requires no grooming, feeding or veterinary check-ups. It only needs to be exercised one day a year, Sunday 16 May – which conveniently coincides with the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

Next Monday, 100 Invisimutts will be pounding the pavements of Sydney promoting the Million Paws Walk. They will be lead by media personality Mike Goldman – the proud owner of an Invisimutt.

“The Invisimutt is the perfect pet for people who want to attend the Million Paws Walk but don’t have a real dog to bring along,” said Mike. “After the walk, I’ll be entering Rex, my Invisimutt, into the best dressed competition … the invisible body poses a problem though.”

Mike, Annalise Braakensiek and a group of RSPCA Supporters and their ‘dogs’ will be walking through the CBD from George Street to Hyde Park from 7.30am. Invisimutts will also be for sale at this year’s Sydney Million Paws Walk. All dogs have been desexed, wormed and vaccinated by invisible vets.

“I am always happy to support the RSPCA,” said Mike. “Last year’s Million Paws Walk was a huge success and I’m looking forward to assisting this with this unique event on Monday 3 May.”

If you're able to spare 30mns of your morning on Monday 3 May 2010 the RSPCA would truly appreciate your support by walking an Invisimutt to create awarness of the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

Date: Monday 3 May 2010
Time: Meet at 7.15am. Walk from 7.30am to 8.00am

Where: Southern end of QVB (at fountain). Then walking from the QVB, weaving through the city and finishing at Hyde Park.

Why: On Sunday 16 May, thousands of RSPCA supporters and their pets will be walking for a cause. This year with over 70 RSPCA Million Paws Walk locations Australia-wide, the RSPCA is hoping it will be the biggest and best year yet! More information can be found at


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

RSPCA Million Paws Walk registrants needed for local newspaper articles

Have you registered for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, Sunday 16 May 2010?

If so, a number of local newspapers are looking to interview Million Paws Walk participants for a story about this year's walk:

The Auburn Review Pictorial covers the following suburbs:
Auburn 2144, Berala 2141, Clyde 2142, East Merrylands 2160, Granville 2142, Guildford 2161, Lidcombe 2141, Newington 2127, Regents Park 2143, Rookwood 2141, Silverwater 2128, South Granville 2142.

The Canterbury Torch (Blue Banner) covers the following suburbs:
Belfield 2191, Belmore 2192, Beverly Hills 2209, Campsie 2194, Canterbury 2193, Greenacre 2190, Kingsgrove 2208, Lakemba 2195, Narwee 2209, North Bexley 2207, Punchbowl 2196, Riverwood 2210, Roselands 2196, Wiley Park 2195.

The Bankstown Torch (Red banner) covers the following suburbs:
Alfords Point 2234, Bangor 2234, Bankstown 2200, Bass Hill 2197, Birrong 2143, Chester Hill 2162, Condell Park 2200, Chullora 2190, East Hills 2213, Georges Hall 2198, Greenacre 2190, Menai 2234, Milperra 2214, Mount Lewis 2190, Padstow 2211, Panania 2213, Picnic Point 2213, Punchbowl 2196, Revesby  2212, Revesby Heights 2212, Sefton 2162, Villawood 2163, Yagoona 2199.

If you are interested in being part of a story about the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, please email - the deadline for story information is this Thursday, 29 April 2010.

Thank you for participating in this year's RSPCA Million Paws Walk and for helping spread awareness of the fundraising event through your local paper.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New Characters from Toy Story 3 - more info in next Animania Magazine!

Toy Story 3, the much anticipated third installment in the Disney Pixar animated Toy Story series, contains a
number of fabulous brand new 'animal' characters. Here are 3 of the new ones!

Toy Story 3 Plot

Andy (John Morris), now nearly 18 years old, is just days away from heading off to college, and his toys, including Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), are worried about their uncertain future.

Andy plans to keep Woody and put the others in the attic, but his mother accidentally throws them away. Opening the trash bag they're in, the toys think that Andy has thrown them away. Jessie (Joan Cusack) thinks the toys should take charge of their own destiny and convinces them to stow away in a box of other toys headed for donation to Sunnyside Daycare ...

More new characters and information about the upcoming Toy Story 3 movie can be read in the upcoming Animania Magazine - especially for kids!


Lisa Brennan's story about the new RSPCA Cat Legacy House Memorial Garden

Lisa Brennan, Animal Attendant at RSPCA Cat Legacy House Somersby writes...

The RSPCA Cat Legacy House in Somersby NSW is likened to a retirement home for cats. The cats’ original owners leave sufficient funds in their estate to enable these animals to live out their days in comfort, with staff providing love, cuddles and attention.

The concept was to design a memorial garden that would commemorate these most cherished cats and to bring their lives full circle. While working within a budget, I needed to be mindful that the garden needed to be attractive and easily maintained. My tradesman husband Patrick Brennan, assisted with the design brief and costing; donating his time and expertise to the project. The garden no longer became a dream but a possible reality.

We decided to build the garden on Easter Saturday, despite typically bad weather predictions. Construction began on the garden, which was essentially treated pine framework, supported with metal and corner post work. The garden bed was formed and began with a weed mat, quickly followed by tonnes of soil and mulch. The chosen plants were essentially decided for their durability and low maintenance.

The garden contains a climbing Star Jasmine at the rear; its dainty fragrant blooms mixing with two beautifully scented Fairy Floss Lavenders. The Memorial Garden is framed with Agapanthus in shades of blue and lush green Mondo grass leading to the striking Cordyline Red Stars. It is completed with rambling wild pansy ground covers.

The sun was beginning to set on a very long day as we barrowed the last of the mulch into the garden. The rain had held off, and the sun managed its last glimpse as we, as a family, placed the cats’ ashes to rest. I did not know some of these cats, but all were at one time, very special companions to their owners. I like to think that all these cats have now managed to find their way home and that their journey has come full circle.

- Written by Lisa Brennan, Animal Attendant, RSPCA Cat Legacy House Somersby.

RSPCA NSW and the Cat Legacy House at Somersby would like to sincerely thank Lisa, her husband and family for giving up their time to build this beautiful memorial garden for the dearly departed and much-loved Legacy cats.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Adopt a Pet Profile - Rimy - from RSPCA Tweed Heads

Rimy is a playful 18 month old, female domestic short hair with a dark tortiseshell coat.
Rimy is a lovely cat with an adorable, insquisitive nature. She would be ok to be rehomed with another cat in the home as she gets along famously well with other cats. Her loving nature means that she will fit into any household - as long as she gets lots of love and affection :)

Rimy comes desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed and - of course - is flea free!

All animals at RSPCA Tweed Heads Adoption Centre can be viewed 7 days at 48 Boyd St, Tweed Heads Ph 55365135.

For other animals available for adoption at the RSPCA please go to


Win an RSPCA Million Paws Walk Prize Pack, value $49.00!

RSPCA Million Paws Walk participants (from left to right) Jazz (border collie), Lucinda (holding her Million Paws Walk e-ticket!), Bonnie (border collie), proud dad Daniel and Annabel. Big thank you to Emma Clinton for sending in this photo of her Million Paws Walk Team - our first entry into the prize pack competition!

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is almost upon us! With only a few weeks to go, tails have commenced wagging and reports are coming in of dogs stretching into down dog pose to limber up for the big walk on Sunday May 16!


You can look the absolute part at your local walk with this fantastic RSPCA Million Paws Walk prize pack (value $49.00) consisting of:

1 x Million Paws Walk short sleeved T-Shirt
1 x Million Paws Walk cap
1 x Million Paws Walk dog lead for your furry friend!

All you have to do is register online at, take a photo of you (or a loved one) with your furry friend and a copy of your Million Paws Walk e-ticket and send it in to us at (see image at the top of the page of the Clinton team and their e-ticket).

We will announce the winner for the best photo on Wednesday 5 May 2010. Too easy!

We look forward to seeing some happy snaps of Million Paws Walk participants - both 2 and 4 legged kind!

Thank you for participating in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2010.


Terms & Conditions
* This competition is open to NSW online registrants of the RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2010 only.
* Photos must contain at least one registrant's RSPCA Million Paws Walk e-ticket.
* Photos sent in to the competition become the property of the RSPCA for use on our Facebook site and may be used for other Million Paws Walk advertising.
* Total prize pack value is $49 consisting of: 1 x MPW short sleeve tshirt; 1 x MPW cap; 1 x MPW dog lead.
* Prize pack is non-transferrable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
* Winners will be notified by email 5 May 2010.
* Prize pack will be delivered to winner prior to the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, Sunday 16 May 2010.

Friday, April 16, 2010

University of Sydney, Veterinary Science Foundation’s ‘Fabulous Family Fun Day’

The University of Sydney, Veterinary Science Foundation’s ‘Fabulous Family Fun Day’ is proudly supporting the Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s new 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency veterinary service, SAVES.

Taking place on Saturday 1 May 2010, its a fun and free day out for all animal lovers and their pets!


• Free Pet Health Checks
• Hospital Tours
• Kids Activities
• Delicious Treats
• Afternoon Tea


• Jumping castle
• Face painters
• Balloon sculptures

TIME: 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 65 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown.

CONTACT: For more information;

Aimee Mason (Event Co-ordinator) 0413 478 380
Liana Carroll (Media) 0408 854 262

Thursday, April 15, 2010

RSPCA NSW at 30 Days of Home & Entertaining Expo this Sunday

This Sunday 18 April, RSPCA NSW Inspectors, Veterinarians and Education Team will be holding information seminars at the Burke's Backyard Market as part of the 30 Days of Home & Entertaining Expo.

At the 30 Days of Home & Entertaining Expo you can meet and mix with the editors of Australia’s top food, drinks, fashion and lifestyle magazines as well as leading wine educators, chefs, stylists and design experts.

You can also indulge in the wealth of furniture, home wares, food and wine on show, and have your questions answered on everything from decorating and starting a new business, to buying and cellaring wine.

RSPCA NSW will be presenting on the following topics during the day:

Education Team - Welcome to the RSPCA - Keeping your children safe around dogs, 2pm - 3pm
Experience the RSPCA Education team talk about the role of the RSPCA and also how to help your child understand their pet.

RSPCA Inspectors - protecting animals from a life of neglect and cruelty, 3pm - 5pm
Every day the RSPCA Inspectors hit the road to protect animals in need. Join them for an informative session and listen to their stories.

RSPCA Vets - Pet Health, Behaviour and Training Q&A with the RSPCA, 4pm - 5pm
Join the RSPCA vets and bring along all your pet questions. Our experts are here to answer any questions you may have about your pet.

The expo is located at 2-14 Amelia St, Waterloo NSW.

For more information about the 30 Days of Home & Entertaining Expo, please visit:

See you there!

Adopt a Pet Profiles: Buddy and Tiger

Buddy and Tiger

Buddy, a 1 year old x-corgie, and Tiger an 8 month old x-staffy, are looking for loving new homes. Are you, or someone you know, looking to adopt a new loved one? Please share this story with anyone you think may be looking to adopt a furry friend.

Buddy is a lovely boy and is quite active and excitable so needs an active and experienced person, without children under 6yrs, who will have plenty of time for him . He is looking for a home where he will be able to spend a lot of time with his new family and be involved regularly in family activities.

Tiger would suit a GREEN family who have owned dogs previously. Tiger has been waiting for a home since the beginning of January and desperately wants a loving home. Tiger is sociable with other dogs but can get a little rough as still only young. He would love a home with another young active dog, but any potential doggy housemates should be brought to the shleter to meet Tiger first.

Both Buddy and Tiger are available for adoption at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter: 201 Rookwood Rd, Yagoona.

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8pm, Animal Adoption viewing times: 9:30am to 3:30pm.  The Shelter is closed for adoptions each Wednesday.

To view more photos of Buddy and Tiger please visit our public Facebook album at:


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Adopt a Pet profile - Jeannie at RSPCA Sydney

 Gorgeous Jeannie - currently available for adoption at RSPCA Sydney Shelter.

UPDATE: Fantastic news - Jeannie has now been adopted!

Jeannie was seized by an RSPCA Inspector after she was left abandoned and heavily pregnant. She came to the Sydney Shelter and it wasn't long before she gave birth to 6 beautiful kittens!

Jeannie wasn't very well at first so she went to a foster home where she could recover and be with her babies. Her kittens are now all big and healthy and ready for adoption themselves.

Since coming back the shelter she hasn't coped very well being confined and would love a home without other pets. She's very confident and while being independent loves company and can be quite playful and smoochy! She will be a lovely lifelong friend.

Jeannie is suitable to live an ORANGE FAMILY without children under 15 years as she isn't always tolerant of lots of handling.

For more information please see Jeannie's Adopt A Pet page:


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thank you to Jetpets for giving Matrix a helping hand

Matrix (with RSPCA Staff Member Nicole)
about to hop into the Jetpets van for a flight to Melbourne

RSPCA NSW would again like to thank Jetpets for coming to the rescue to transport Matrix, a very happy and well behaved Shar Pei, to Melbourne.

Our RSPCA Sydney Shelter desperately needed help with transportation for Matrix and the good people at Jetpets came to collect her free of charge for her flight to Melbourne.

Good on you Jetpets!

Jetpets now have a Facebook fan page for those that would like to know more about them and to send messages of thanks:


Adopt A Pet profile - Rider at RSPCA Tweed Heads

Gorgeous bunny, 'Rider' has been in the RSPCA Tweed Heads Adoption Centre rabbit resort since November 2009. Rider is an English Spot who has become very friendly since coming to the Adoption Centre. Rider will come up to you and is very inquisitive to what's going on around him.

Rider is only $50 to adopt and is desexed and vaccinated. All our animals can be viewed 7 days a week at our branch.

48 Boyd Street

Phone: 07 5536 5135

Open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 4:30pm - closed on public holidays.

Animania Magazine shoot - thank you from the RSPCA NSW!

Ashley Cheadle and Jupiter.

A big thank you to Ashley Cheadle for coming out to the RSPCA Sydney Shelter on Thursday for an Animania photo shoot. In the photo above, Ashley is with gorgeous three-legged pup Jupiter, a Labrador x Rottie who is female and 5 months old. Jupiter knows how to sit and drop, is super smart and affectionate. Jupiter found a new forever home last week!

RSPCA Vet Dr Natalie Burke with Taco

Dr Natalie Burke, a vet at the RSPCA Sydney Hospital, is pictured above with Taco, a 13-mth-old Chihuahua. Taco is very affectionate and loved the photo shoot! Taco is in the process of  hopefully being adopted as we speak :) Dr Natalie is our also our new Animania Vet!

A special mention and thank you also to hair and make-up artist Emma Michelmore (, for donating her fabulous artistry for free! Emma is a huge animal lover and put up her hand to help out the RSPCA.

Interested in our Animania kids magazine? Visit


Friday, April 2, 2010

Get 2 free tickets to the Round 5 NRL Bulldogs game!

Bulldogs player Jarrad Hickey at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.

For a limited time only, when you online register for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2010 you will receive two (2) free tickets to the NRL Bulldogs V Warriors game at ANZ Stadium!*

The Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, proud supporters of the RSPCA, have kindly donated 300 tickets to the Round 5 game, Saturday 10 April 2010. To receive your 2 free tickets all you have to do is online register for the RSPCA Million Paws Walk at

During the registration process, when you reach the registration summary screen, look for the  asked for a promotional code type BULLDOGS and 2 free tickets will be added to your registration!

If you've already registered for the Million Paws Walk and would like 2 free tickets to the game, please email with your contact details and your e-Ticket number as proof of registration.

Hurry - there are only 300 free tickets available for this game!

We would also like to thank the Bulldogs for their continued support of the RSPCA and the Million Paws Walk. Bulldogs players will be special guests at this year's Sydney Million Paws Walk, so please come along and join us on our walk to raise funds for the RSPCA and help stop animal cruelty.


* Terms and Conditions
 - 2 free tickets available per registration for RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2010 only.
 - 300 free tickets are available for this game only. Cut off date for free tickets is midday Wednesday 7 April 2010.
 - Tickets are strictly not for resale and not redeemable for cash.
 - Tickets are for Round 5 Game, Saturday 10 April at ANZ Stadium only. Kick off 7:30pm.
 - RSPCA Million Paws Walk is on Sunday 16 May 2010.
 - For all related enquiries please contact