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.