Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Goat Racing in rural NSW

The RSPCA is disturbed by the goat racing images that aired on Today Tonight on Tuesday 26th October 2010.

The RSPCA is opposed to the use of animals for any form of sport, entertainment, recreation, work, or training associated with such use, where injury, suffering or distress is likely to be caused.

The RSPCA understands that the footage that aired last night was a compilation of footage taken from at least two goat races held in April this year.

The images were obviously distressing and depicted a number of possible animal cruelty offences.

Despite the footage having been recorded in April, the RSPCA were only provided with copies of the footage late last week and as a consequence our investigation into these matters is ongoing.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trade a Trick for a Treat at the RSPCA!

The RSPCA Sydney Shelter is currently experiencing a shortage of toys and treats for the animals in its care. As part of their Halloween-themed ‘Tricks for Treats’ initiative, the RSPCA is asking for donations from the public leading up to 31 October.

“Treats are a very important part of our positive reinforcement training methods with the animals,” said Marika Taylor, Sydney Shelter Volunteer Coordinator. Shelter staff and volunteers practice obedience training with the animals on a daily basis, so treats are consumed quickly. “We’re always in need of treats and toys, particularly for dogs and cats.”

Treats provide a reward system for training, while toys provide comfort and stimulation for animals staying in an unfamiliar environment.

Can you donate pet-friendly treats and toys? All donated dog and cat items can be dropped off 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 Rouse Hill Town Centre.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Adopt a Pet Profile: Monte, Mastiff Cross

Monte, a Mastiff Cross, is a very active and playful boy who needs a family who will ensure he gets the training and socialisation that he needs.

Monte really enjoys meeting other dogs and having a play. If you do already have a dog and you are thinking of adopting Monte, please bring your dog along to to meet him, so we can see how they interact. Monte is still learning to walk on a lead, but is learning fairly quickly. He will need a daily walk, as well as interactive playtime- such as teaching him to play fetch.

Monte is going through the teething stage, so providing him with plenty of chew toys is a must.

To keep him safe and secure, Monte will need a yard which has colourbond fences and gates, at least 5ft high and in good condition with no gaps or footholes.

Monte comes desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed & flead.

Monte is available for adoption from the Rouse Hill Care Centre, Shop GR 146C, Civic Way, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Windsor Road, ROUSE HILL. Phone (02) 8883 0622.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Emily's Stop Animal Cruelty website

RSPCA supporter Emily, as part of her Year 8 studies at Marian College, Kenhurst, has created a Stop Animal Cruelty website. The Marian College assignment asks students to explore areas that they are passionate about and in this case Emily chose 'stop animal cruelty' as an issue close to her heart.

Located at - Emily's seeks constructive feedback from animal lovers and hopes that her site will further educate people about animal cruelty and ways they can help.

The RSPCA congratulates Emily on her efforts and wishes her every success with her website and her studies!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

The 2nd Annual RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets Trivia Night

The 2nd Annual RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets Trivia Night is being held 7pm, Friday 5 November at Mingara (

Hosted by RSPCA supporters Patty and Ciel from 101.3 SeaFM, strap on your thinking cap for a fun night of trivia! There will be raffles on the night and the chance to win some fantastic prizes, a silent auction, finger food and a complimentary drink!

Proceeds from the night go to the RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets Program. (CLICK HERE for information).

Tickets on sale now - $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased in store at Ticketek Mingara or over the phone with a credit card – Mingara Ticketek: 02 4349 7888.

Tickets are limited so get in quick to reserve your table!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

RSPCA NSW welcomes Dene Halatau as an official RSPCA NSW Ambassador

RSPCA NSW Inspector Matt French presents Dene Halatau with
a certificate to officiate him as an RSPCA NSW Ambassador

This time every year, from 1 to 8 October, the RSPCA celebrates RSPCA Awareness Week - and now Bulldogs player Dene Halatau is celebrating it too!

Today the RSPCA proudly made Dene an official RSPCA NSW Ambassador. An animal lover and dog owner, Dene has supported the RSPCA since February 2009 when he took part in the Stop Animal Cruelty campaign along with nine other male celebrities. Since then he has donated many hours to the RSPCA.

RSPCA NSW is proud to make Dene an ambassador. He joins Bulldogs player Jarrad Hickey, media personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley and actor Lincoln Lewis in the role.

RSPCA NSW Inspector Matt French presented Dene with his certificate at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter today and was congratulated by RSPCA Shelter Staff.

“I am very proud to become an RSPCA NSW Ambassador, especially during RSPCA Awareness Week,” said Dene.