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"