Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Medlow, Male, Domestic Medium Hair X



Meet Medlow!

Medlow is a sweet and affectionate boy who is looking for his forever home. He came to this shelter through no fault of his own and has since settled in really well. Being a medium haired cat, Medlow will require some care and grooming in order to keep his coat free from matts.

Medlow is social and gets on OK with other friendly cats but also enjoys some time on his own.

He will also require sunscreen or zinc to be applied to his ears and nose DAILY in order to protect him from harsh UV rays.

Medlow is $160 to adopt which includes: Desexing, Vet Health Examination, First Vaccination, Flea and Worming Treatment, a 30 day pet insurance cover note and A FRIEND FOR LIFE!

Council Lifetime Registration fee of $40, or $15 for pensioners applies at time of sale.

Medlow is available for adoption and meet'n'greet from the Blue Mountains RSPCA Shelter.

121 - 125 Mort Street, Katoomba
Open 6 days a week - closed Wednesdays.
Ph; (02) 4782 2674

Merry Xmas from RSPCA NSW



When not shakin' it like a Polaroid picture, Tommy (http://rspcansw.org/uF9KAR), Sugar(http://rspcansw.org/sMfBpL), Omo (http://rspcansw.org/rW4lgo), Barry (http://rspcansw.org/vVCGJJ) & Conan (http://rspcansw.org/sYE05H) are desperatly looking for their fur-ever homes this Xmas. Can you help?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Snowys Treasure Hunt! Can you help Tintin find Snowy?




Snowy is hot on the case! With Tintin and Captain Haddock in tow, Snowy has wandered off in search of the 3 Unicorn ship models that will lead them to Red Rackhams treasure. Can you help Tintin find Snowy?

To celebrate the release of The Adventures Of Tintin, at the movies December 26th, together with Paramount Pictures, we’re offering you the chance to win -

3x Major Prizes - Tintin Pet Camera, Tintin Movie Family Pass, Tintin Film Poster and a Tintin Tshirt
7x Runner Up Prizes - Tintin Movie Family Pass, Tintin Film Poster and a Tintin Tshirt

All you need to do is locate the where-a-bouts of 3 Snowys on the RSPCA NSW WEBSITE, copy and paste the web page address/s each Snowy is located on and send them to rspcanswonline@hotmail.com by the 22nd of January. Be sure to include your name, contact address and a contact number.

Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship commanded by Captain Haddock’s ancestor and go off on a treasure hunt. Starring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace) as the nefarious Red Rackham. The Adventures of Tintin is directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.

ONLY AT THE MOVIES DECEMBER 26TH - © 2011 PPC.

RSPCA SPEAKS OUT AFTER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST PRESIDENT DISMISSED


RSPCA NSW is relieved to learn of the outcome of today’s court hearing involving RSPCA NSW President and private veterinarian Dr Peter Wright. The charges against Dr Wright have been dismissed by a Sydney court.

This issue raised media queries during yesterday’s press conference when Premier Barry O’Farrell and Minister Katrina Hodgkinson attended RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter to reaffirm the State Government’s $7.5m pre-election promise to assist the charity in rebuilding Australia’s largest animal welfare facility.

RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman was disappointed that the allegations against Dr Wright overshadowed the more positive result of yesterday’s funding announcement. “We’ve been anticipating this funding announcement for several months now, and we were disheartened that the court matter took precedence over the Premier and Minister’s exciting funding news.

“We’ve seen overwhelming support from the NSW public for this rebuild, and they’ve played a large part in influencing the Government,” said Mr Coleman. “We’re grateful for the ongoing support over the years, and are excited that – with public support and funding – the Shelter rebuild project can finally progress.”

Allegations against Dr Wright were not related to the RSPCA; they pertain to a separate matter involving Dr Wright as a private veterinary practitioner.

“I can advise the informant in Dr Wright’s case is also a person of interest currently before the court in relation to several animal cruelty offences being prosecuted by RSPCA NSW,” said Mr Coleman. “This prosecution predates the allegations that were put against Dr Wright.”

Moronys Most Wanted: Vince, Male, Staffy X



REWARD UPON CAPTURE - Unconditional love (and licks!)

My name is Vince and I’m a 1 year (and 7 months) old staffy. I came to the RSPCA through their Safe Beds For Pets Program because animals can also be victims of domestic violence. The lovely staff took really good care of me here until I was well enough to start looking for a new furever home but I’ve been waiting a while now. I am looking for a new family who has had dogs before and can make me feel part of the family by including me in day to day activities.

I enjoy daily walks and do require 1-2 walks a day to keep me fit and healthy. I love to play with toys so please provide me with plenty of different toys to keep my mind stimulated. I do like other dogs but I like to be the boss and I love people so much that I’d really just be the only pooch in the home. I need a fully fenced yard with no gaps I can squeeze through because I’m pretty inquisitive. A brush once a fortnight and a bath once a month will keep my coat maintained.

Because I have been in the shelter for so long I am at the moment at the RSPCA NSW – CNSW Dog Rehabilitation Program at the John Morony Centre so if you are interested in me you need to make an appointment. If you think I’d fit into your family please take the time to make an appointment by calling (02) 4582 2686. I asked 'Santa Paws' to send me a new family for Christmas and I’ve been VERY good all year – is your home looking for me?

Vince is available from the John Morony Correctional Complex, Berkshire Park. He comes health checked, micro chipped, desexed, vaccinated and up to date on her flea & worming treatments.

Phone appointment only, there is no direct public access.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Moronys Most Wanted: Sasha, Female, Staffy X


REWARD UPON CAPTURE - A lifetime of cuddles and love!

My name is Sasha I’m a 5 year old staffy cross. I have called the shelter my home for the past 11 months. When I came into the shelter I was so skinny and heavily pregnant. My children have all grown up and I am left alone waiting for my forever family to come and bring me into their lives. I can be a little shy at first but once you get to know me I will become a loving and affectionate dog. I would prefer a home where I could be inside and out as I love human companionship. I do like other dogs but if you have another dog in your family I would like to meet any potential doggy house mates before we go home together. I also must go to a home that doesn’t have any cats or pocket pets as I may chase them.

Because I have been in the shelter for so long I am at the moment at the RSPCA NSW – CNSW Dog Rehabilitation Program at the John Morony centre so if you are interested in me you need to make an appointment. If you think I’d fit into your family please take the time to make an appointment by calling 02 4582 2686. Please don’t make me spend another Christmas without a family.

Sasha is available from the John Morony Correctional Complex, Berkshire Park. She comes health checked, micro chipped, desexed, vaccinated and up to date on her flea & worming treatments.

Phone appointment only, there is no direct public access.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Moronys Most Wanted: Boof, Male, Kelpie X




REWARD UPON CAPTURE - Licks and kisses for the rest of your days!

My name is Boof and my previous owner left me behind when they went away. I was lucky that the neighbours were kind enough to give me some food and water and called the RSPCA NSW to try and help me. When the RSPCA NSW Inspector found me I was very skinny I hadn’t left my yard (even though I could I if I had wanted to) and I waited and waited for my owner to return. It appears that my previous owner had been gone for at least 2 weeks. The Inspector brought me back to the Sydney Shelter where they looked after me and slowly I got healthy again.

Even though my last owner didn’t look after me very well, I haven’t lost my affection for being with people and I am ready to find my forever home. I would best be suited as being the only dog in the family and no cats or pocket pets as I would chase them. I am a working class breed so I will need plenty of exercise.

Because Boof has been in the shelter so long, he is currently at the RSPCA NSW – CNSW Dog Rehabilitation Program at the John Morony centre so if you’re interested in making Boof part of your family, you will need to make an appointment to see him by phoning (02) 4582 2686.

Boof is available from the John Morony Correctional Complex, Berkshire Park. He comes health checked, micro chipped, desexed, vaccinated and up to date on his flea & worming treatments.

Phone appointment only, there is no direct public access.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Moronys Most Wanted: Brian, Male, Australian Cattledog X

REWARD UPON CAPTURE - Unconditional love and a friend for life!

Brian came into our Orange Shelter cold and hungry from being left to roam the streets. He waited and waited for his family to come and get him but no family came for him. Brian was then moved to the Sydney Shelter where he sat and waited day after day for his family to adopt him. It has now been 8 months since he came into us and he is still waiting for his new family.

All Brian lives for is a ball to be thrown for him to catch and bring back to you, he would do this all day if you let him. His new family would have to have no cats or pocket pets as he doesn’t get along with them. All he is really asking for is a family who will love him forever.

Because Brian has been in the shelter for so long he is currently staying at the RSPCA NSW – CNSW Dog Rehabilitation Program at the John Morony centre, so you will need to make an appointment to see him on (02) 4582 2686. Please don’t let Brian stay here any longer than he has to!

Brian is available from the John Morony Correctional Complex, Berkshire Park. He comes health checked, micro chipped, desexed, vaccinated and up to date on his flea & worming treatments.

Phone appointment only, there is no direct public access.

DOG DUMPED IN GARBAGE BIN ON NSW FAR NORTH COAST


Puppy as found at Woodenbong Tip 8 Dec 2011
Puppy under vet treatment 9 Dec 2011

The RSPCA is appealing for information to identify the person responsible for injuring a puppy and disposing of her in a garbage bin on the NSW Far North Coast.

The female three-month old puppy was found at the Woodenbong tip at 11.00am on Thursday 8 December 2011. A worker heard whimpering noises and found the injured pup covered in oil amongst waste dumped by a garbage truck. NSW Police and the RSPCA were contacted and the dog was taken to a local veterinarian.

The veterinarian found swelling at the back of the skull consistent with a blow in an attempt to kill the pup. The puppy has neurological damage and it remains uncertain whether she will survive her injuries.

The puppy is believed to have been collected by a garbage truck on Wednesday 7 December 2011 on a route from Mummulgum to Woodenbong along the Bruxner Highway and Bonalbo-Urbenville Road.

The white crossbreed puppy has a distinctive brindle patch over her left eye.

If the person who injured and abandoned the puppy in the garbage bin is located, they could face criminal charges of serious animal cruelty.

Anyone with information which may assist the RSPCA with their investigation is urged to contact RSPCA Inspectors by telephone on (02) 9770 7555 or toll free 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).

Monday, December 5, 2011

Foster Carers Wanted!



Have you ever thought about helping the RSPCA by fostering animals?

The RSPCA Sydney Shelter is currently looking for dedicated Foster Carers. We have many types of animals that require fostering including kittens & puppies, mother animals with litters, animals that require cage rest after surgery and animals that require socialisation and rehabilitation if they have behavioural issues.

In order to become a foster carer you need to attend an Information/Induction session, have a Premise Inspection and become a member of the RSPCA. No formal training or qualifications are required, generally time, patience and TLC are all our animals require. Becoming a Foster Carer requires ongoing commitment as we are always in need of people like yourself who would like to help.

We often hold induction every 4-6 weeks depending on demand. We go through the 'ins-n-outs' of the program which should give you the opportunity to make a fully informed decision whether to continue with the application process.

If you would like any more information about becoming a foster carer check out our website by clicking here - http://www.rspcansw.org.au/get_involved/become_a_foster_carer.

Or alternatively, by emailing the Foster Care Coordinators at fostercare@rspcansw.org.au.

For people living outside the Sydney area you can contact your local RSPCA Shelter or Branch to see how you can help them.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Conan, Male, Bullmastiff X Boxer


Conan is a very strong boy who needs an owner who has experience with large dogs, and will be able to provide him with the training, and daily exercise Conan needs. Conan really enjoys going for a walk and will need a long walk, at least once per day. He does pull very hard on the lead, and needs further lead training- using a halti would also help. During his stay at the shelter, Conan has met several other dogs, both large and small. He is not overly excited to meet them, but is happy to have a sniff and wag to say 'Hello'. He has also been very tollerant of excitable dogs jumping all over him when they met.

If you do already have another dog and you are thinking of adopting Conan, you will need to bring your dog along to the shelter to meet him so we can see how they interact. Conan will chase small animals so will not be suited to go to a home with cats or pocket pets. Conan also tends to jump up a lot, so children should be supervised around Conan at all times, and the children need to be encouraged to participate in Conans training and general care, so they learn how to interact with him.

To ensure Conan is kept safe and secure he will need a large yard which has fences and gates that are AT LEAST 5ft high, colourbond would be best, and must be in good condition with no gaps or footholes. To help keep Conan looking and feeling his best he will need a brush once or twice a week, along with a bath every 6-8 weeks. As Conan has short coat he would also need a warm coat put on in colder weather, along with a kennel to protect him from the elements. Conan loves human company and would do best in a family who have plenty of time available for him, and will include him in the daily family routine, not leave him alone in a backyard day in, day out, as if he was, he would become bored, then possibly noisy or destructive.

Conan is available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RED DOG Gives Back to his Four-Legged Friends.


We’ve long loved dogs for being man’s best friend, but now the RSPCA has even more reason to love dogs … RED DOG!

RED DOG, is being released DVD tomorrow, 1 December 2011 and $1 from the sale of every DVD sold in Coles supermarkets during the month of December will go to the RSPCA.

RED DOG is set to be the biggest Australian DVD release of the year. The film, which is still playing in cinemas, has grossed a remarkable $21.1m at the box-office to date, and is the 8th highest-grossing Australian film of all-time.

The film tells the incredible true-story of a wandering kelpie who befriends an entire mining community in the Pilbara region of WA in the 1970s. The canine star of the movie, ‘Koko’, has won the hearts of Australians, with more than 4,000 fans on Facebook.

RSPCA Australia CEO Heather Neil said that the RSPCA is thrilled to partner with Roadshow.

“The RSPCA is delighted that Roadshow and Woss Group Film Productions have chosen to partner with the RSPCA for the release of the RED DOG DVD.”

“Last year the RSPCA cared for over 155,000 animals yet less than 3 per cent of the RSPCA’s national funding comes from government, so we rely on the generosity of Australians to keep our doors open.

“Funds raised through this initiative will support the work of the RSPCA in caring for and rehoming animals, investigating cases of animal abuse and cruelty and campaigning for stronger animal protection laws in Australia.”

RED DOG producer Nelson Woss said “the RED DOG film has roamed the world and wherever we go we try to support a local dog shelter or charity. We are thrilled to support the RSPCA with the DVD release and hope that the Australian audiences that came out to see RED DOG also support RSPCA's important cause”.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Become a Guardian Angel this Xmas!



To celebrate being a Guardian Angel, we’d love to reward you with your very own halo. Please go to our Guardian Gallery and upload an image of yourself or your pet and tell us why you became an RSPCA Guardian Angel.

Each year, the numbers of Guardian Angels grows. Many of you return again and again to help new animals have happier, safer Christmases. And because you are our very own animal angels, we'd like to give you a halo for your efforts! Please join our Guardian Gallery by uploading an image and telling us why you decided to donate to this cause. Don't forget to indicate how many times you've been an RSPCA Guardian Angel and we'll add the halos!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Simba needs home for Xmas!



Simba is a big confident boy looking for a place to call his own! He has been waiting for months for a new home having been in the care of the RSPCA since March of this year. He originally came to the Wagga Wagga RSPCA branch where they had him available for adoption. He was transferred to the Sydney shelter in June to try and help him find his forever home and has been waiting ever since.

He likes company and will jump up to sit with you on the lounge or happily sleep on the bed but isn't an overly cuddly cat. He may not be suited to a home with young children who don't understand he needs his own space.

He isn’t a fan of staying at the shelter so we have had him living with a devoted foster carer while still being available to be adopted. His profile appears on the adoptapet website but because he isn’t on view at the Sydney Shelter he has missed out on being spotted when people come to visit. To help him find his new family quicker we have reduced his adoption fee to $80. He is desexed, microchipped, up to date with his vaccinations, worming and flea treatment and has had a full vet check. We are also including an adoption pack to go home with Simba (including a bag of Hills Science Diet Feline Adult biscuits, a bag of kitty litter, a blanket and some toys).

His foster carer is going away in 3 weeks time and we are hoping to have Simba settled into a new home before then. Please help Simba find a fur-ever home before Xmas!

If you're interested and would like to meet'n'greet Simba, please call (02) 9770-7555 and organize a play date today!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Sugar, Female, Sharpei X





When Sugar was first brought to the RSPCA she was in bad shape. She had been struggling to feed a litter of pups with inadequate food and was extremely emaciated and unwell. Vet staff and Animal Attendents who have been with the RSPCA for many, many years were shocked at Sugars state. Though, after many weeks of special care and a little R+R, Sugar's condition improved and her beautiful personaility began to shine through. And it must be said, she is sweeter than a bowl of honey coated sugar cubes!

Sugar is a very affectionate dog and loves cuddles. She is looking for a home where she will get regular walks and exercise, and where she will also be included in family life as much as possible. Sugar is social with other dogs but any potential doggy mates should be introduced to her at the shelter prior to adoption, as she sometimes gets annoyed by over excited dogs.

Sugar is not suitable for a home with cats or other small pets as she will chase them.

Sugar has had some problems with ear infections while in the care of the RSPCA, and it is likely she will require extra care (such as regular cleaning and possibly intermittent medical treatments) for her ears for the rest of her life.

She is currently being fed with a special low allergy food to help prevent a recurrence of her ear problems, and she nmay need to remain on this diet for life.

Potential new owners are required to attend a consult with an RSPCA vet before adopting Sugar so her ear problems and dietary requirements can be properly discussed.

Sugar is available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Xmas Gift Giving Is Going To The Dogs & It’s Doggone Gorgeous!


“Santa Paws Is Coming to MY Town” Tee Shirt RRP $12.95

Christmas Buddies RRP $9.95 each
 

Looking to find a gift for the furry child in your life that has everything? And help support your favorite animal welfare organisation at the same time?

Your dog will be sure to drool this 'Yule' over these fun and festive goodies from Doggone Gorgeous, available exclusively at PETstock outlets nationally - sales of which help the RSPCA.

All dressed up and somewhere to go! “Tis the season for some serious party pet fun and won’t pooch look doggone dapper wearing this cheeky festive-themed tee that comes with the RSPCA “woof of approval” for superior design, comfort and quality. Available in XS, S, M & L.

Forget the bone, studded collar and doggie treats, your pooch will go barking mad for these funky Christmas-themed toys that can be used as a retriever or tug and are sure to provide endless hours of entertainment and mental stimulation for pooch whilst you enjoy your festive celebrations! This gift makes a great stocking stuffer for your dog or for the dog lovers in your life. Choose from 3 grrr-oovy buddy characters - Red Reindeer, Blue Dog and Green Dog.

Paw through PETstock outlets nationally from mid November 2011 for these Doggone Gorgeous Christmas gifts.

9th Annual Doghouse Challenge Is On!



On Saturday, 26th November RSPCA NSW, TAFE NSW and Bunnings Warehouse will join forces once again for the 9th annual Doghouse Challenge. The Challenge showcases the designs and craftsmanship of TAFE NSW students using materials provided by Bunnings Warehouse to build doghouses for RSPCA NSW. This year’s Challenge will be hosted by Bunnings Warehouse in Hoxton Park.

TAFE student teams from the Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan, Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions will have 30 minutes to construct their doghouses, after which time judging will commence. RSPCA NSW Shelter dogs will be on hand to inspect and “evaluate” the finished products.

“We’re always really impressed with the doghouse designs,” said RSPCA NSW Animal Wellbeing Support Coordinator Hannah Burfitt. “The students work really hard and put a lot of thought into constructing houses that are suitable for and appealing to dogs."

Awards will be presented based on teamwork, design, decoration, originality and eco-friendliness, just to name a few.

The finished doghouses will be displayed at Bunnings Warehouse in Hoxton Park before being handed over to the RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.

When: Saturday, 26th November 11am-2pm
Where: Bunnings Warehouse – 2 Lyn Parade, Hoxton Park

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RSPCA Broken Hill halves feline adoption fees!


Stoli is $60 to adopt from RSPCA’s Broken Hill Shelter
 From 21st November through 2nd December, RSPCA’s Broken Hill Shelter will cut feline adoption fees in half. With kitten season in full swing, RSPCA Shelter staff hopes the reduced adoption fee will help them rehome 30 felines currently in their care.

During this time, the following adoption fees will apply*:

Kittens up to twelve months old - $80
Adult cats up to six years old - $60
Senior cats over six years old - $40

“Summer and spring are always busy times for us, particularly when it comes to kittens,” said RSPCA Broken Hill Shelter Supervisor Merridy Wall. “Right now we’ve got over 20 kittens waiting to find new homes.”

The RSPCA reminds the public that pets are a long-term commitment and should be a considered purchase, not an impulse buy.

“Owning a pet can be a big responsibility,” said Ms Wall. “But for those people who are ready to commit to a pet, we hope this initiative will encourage their decision to come to the RSPCA before looking elsewhere."

Cats adopted from the RSPCA are behaviour assessed, desexed, microchipped, health checked, vaccinated and up to date on their flea and worming treatments.

The RSPCA Broken Hill Shelter is located on South Road and is open six days a week (closed Sundays) for adoptions. To view animals available for adoption, visit http://www.adoptapet.com.au/.

*Reduced fees apply to felines located at the Broken Hill Shelter only. Standard adoption processes apply.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Santa Paws is coming to town!!!


He knows if you've been scent tagging - Santa Paws is on his way! Join us at the Rouse Hill Care Centre on the 3rd & 10th of December and have your pets keepsake photo taken with Santa Paws.

To help our much loved furry friends get into the Christmas spirit this year, the RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill is proud to announce that Santa Paws will be instore for a purrrrrrfect Christmas photo for 2011!

Photos will take place on December 3rd and 10th between the hours of 10am and 4 pm so get your tails down to the Care Centre on Civic Way in the Rouse Hill Town Centre to avoid being on the naughty dog list!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Charlie, Male, American Staffy X


Charlie has been at the Blue Mountains RSPCA Shelter for several months now and sadly has not yet been adopted. The fact is that he's a loving and playful boy who enjoys spending time with people and all his doggy friends. He is a boisterous dog that would benefit from a lot of time and obedience training, he has already learned to sit and responds very well to lot's of interaction and stimuli.

Charlie would need to go to a home with a secure, fully fenced yard - approximately 5 feet high to make sure he cannot escape. He would also need to be introduced to other dogs before going to a new home with them. Charlie is looking for a home where his owners will provide toys, mental stimuli, daily exercise and lots and lots of love.

He is only $300 to adopt which includes all of the following: Vet Check, Desexing, Current vaccination, Flea Control, Microchip, Heartworm Treatment, Worming, Behaviour Assessment, 30-day Pet Insurance and a Friend for Life.

Chalie is available for adoption and meet'n'greet from the Blue Mountains RSPCA Shelter.

121 - 125 Mort Street, Katoomba
Open 6 days a week - closed Wednesdays.
Ph; (02) 4782 2674

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

RSPCA CAWS PROGRAM VISITS CONDOBOLIN


RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Schemes (CAWS) program will visit central western NSW from 7th to 11th November to offer reduced-rate veterinary services to pet owners in Condobolin and educate school-aged children about important animal welfare issues.

CAWS – a subsidised, means-tested pet desexing and microchipping scheme – promotes responsible pet ownership and helps pensioners and low income earners improve their pets’ quality of life. Additionally, the program aims to help improve animal welfare and reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded each year.

The program also advocates education and public awareness to teach community members and school-aged children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and the importance of desexing.

“Education is an important aspect of CAWS,” said RSPCA NSW Education Officer Zoe Dawson. “It teaches students that they can make a difference to the health and welfare of animals and pets.”

The education program is suitable for audiences of all ages and can be tailored to suit the needs and size of the group.

Ms Dawson is currently visiting schools in the Condobolin area, and will travel to Trundle to visit students at Trundle Central School.

For more information about school visits or to make a booking, call 0459 183 800 or email zdawson@rspcansw.org.au

Monday, November 7, 2011

RSPCA OFFERS CREATURE COMFORTS WITH NEW CATTERY


A brand new cattery and boarding facility has been installed at RSPCA’s Broken Hill Shelter. The new structure is thanks to one local supporter’s generous bequest, which was made specifically to fund this project.

RSPCA Broken Hill Shelter Supervisor Merridy Wall said the new cattery design is the first of its kind in Broken Hill and will offer a more comfortable stay for privately-owned cats boarding at the Shelter.

“The new cattery can house up to 12 cats at a time,” said Ms Wall. “The units are large enough so that two cats from the same family can be housed together. This is beneficial, as it can help reduce stress among cats while they’re staying in an unfamiliar environment.”

Each unit features its own outdoor balcony where cats can enjoy fresh air and relax in the sunshine.

The facility also offers reverse-cycle air conditioning to ensure year-round comfort regardless of extreme Broken Hill temperatures.

RSPCA Broken Hill Managing Veterinarian Dr Doug Dixon-Hughes said the new design will also allow Shelter staff to monitor individual cat’s health more effectively.

“The old cattery was a communal housing design,” said Dr Dixon-Hughes. “This made it more difficult for staff to determine whether all animals were eating and drinking regularly, or if any patterns were being distrupted. The new facility will enable us to monitor each animal closely and ensure their wellbeing while in our care.”

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Tess, Female, Bullmastiff X


Tess is a sweet girl who has been with us now for over 9 months and is looking for a forever home with a loving and experienced family, who will ensure that she receives the love, attention, training and socialising that she needs. She would love to be an active member of the family, and be included in as many daily activities as possible.

Tess is a strong girl and will be best suited to a home with no children under the age of 10 yrs as she could easily knock them over and accidently hurt them. Older children should be shown how to best interact with her, and should be encouraged to participate in Tess's training.

Tess has a lot of energy to burn, and needs at least one large walk daily. When left alone, she should have free access to plenty of toys and boredom busters like Kongs.

Tess is quite excitable around other dogs, and may jump on them. For this reason, we recommend that if you have another dog at home and you were considering Tess for your family, that they come in to meet Tess first. This is just to ensure that they get along well.

Cats and pocket pets are quite exciting to Tess and for that reason she cannot go home with any as she tends to chase them.

Tess will also need to have a fully secure yard with minimum 5ft fences. We recommend good quality colourbond with no gaps or foot-holes so she is kept safe and secure.

She will need a quick brush every couple of days, and a bath every 6-8 weeks or whenever she's dirty to keep her looking her beautiful best!
 
Tess is available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter. You can view his Adopt-A-Pet profile HERE.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

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

Monday, October 31, 2011

RSPCA ADVOCATES EDUCATION, THANKS TO COUNCIL GRANT



RSPCA NSW’s Education Team will visit high schools in the Hastings community from 31st October to 4th November to help teach students about the importance of animal welfare. The Sydney-based team’s visit is thanks to a recently-awarded grant from Hastings Council.

As part of their week-long visit, the Education Team will work alongside RSPCA’s Port Macquarie Shelter and Volunteer Branch to raise awareness about animal welfare issues including: responsible pet ownership; the importance of desexing; laws surrounding animal cruelty; and the humane treatment of animals. They will also speak about ways to get involved with RSPCA initiatives in the local community.

RSPCA Port Macquarie Volunteer Branch President Jackianne Wright said the need for animal welfare education is apparent in the level of animal-related crimes reported, and is further evidenced by the number of animals being surrendered to the local RSPCA.

“Currently, there is no animal welfare organisation in the Hastings area equipped with the skills, knowledge, resources and experience that RSPCA’s Education Team can offer,” said Ms Wright.

“We expect the team’s visit may help reduce the level of crime involving animals and encourage not only responsible pet ownership within the community, but overall responsible citizenship as well.”

RSPCA NSW Education Officer Stephanie Sok said the team is very much looking forward to next week’s visit.

“Our overarching goal is to help teach students and the larger community that each individual can make a difference in the welfare of animals,” said Ms Sok.

The program is suitable for audiences of all ages and can be tailored to suit the needs and size of the group.

RSPCA’s Education Team has already booked speaking engagements at Heritage Christian School, Byabarra Public School, Hastings Public School and Camden Haven High School. Please call 02 9782 4477 or email education@rspcansw.org.au for more information about school visits or to make a booking.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Conan, Boxer X



Conan is a very strong boy who needs an owner who has experience with large dogs, and will be able to provide him with the training, and daily exercise Conan needs. Conan really enjoys going for a walk and will need a long walk, at least once per day. He does pull very hard on the lead, and needs further lead training- using a halti would also help.

During his stay at the shelter, Conan has met several other dogs, both large and small. He is not overly excited to meet them, but is happy to have a sniff and wag to say 'Hello'. He has also been very tollerant of excitable dogs jumping all over him when they met. If you do already have another dog and you are thinking of adopting Conan, you will need to bring your dog along to the shelter to meet him so we can see how they interact. Conan will chase small animals so will not be suited to go to a home with cats or pocket pets. Conan also tends to jump up a lot, so children should be supervised around Conan at all times, and the children need to be encouraged to participate in Conans training and general care, so they learn how to interact with him.

To ensure Conan is kept safe and secure he will need a large yard which has fences and gates that are at least 5ft high, colourbond would be best, and must be in good condition with no gaps or footholes. To help keep Conan looking and feeling his best he will need a brush once or twice a week, along with a bath every 6-8 weeks. As Conan has short coat he would also need a warm coat put on in colder weather, along with a kennel to protect him from the elements. Conan loves human company and would do best in a family who have plenty of time available for him, and will include him in the daily family routine, not leave him alone in a backyard day in, day out, as if he was, he would become bored, then possibly noisy or destructive.

Conan is available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter. You can view his Adopt-A-Pet profile HERE.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

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

Puppies stolen from RSPCA Hunter Shelter

The stolen puppies are brindle in colour, similair to the pup featured above.

This past Wednesday night, two puppies were stolen from RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter in Rutherford. The 10-week-old female Mastiff Cross pups were being treated for a medical condition and require medication urgently to ensure they don’t become fatally ill. Concerned Shelter staff are asking for the public’s help to expedite the dogs’ safe return.

The puppies had been in RSPCA’s care since the end of September, when they were brought in as strays. Due to their medical condition, they were not yet up for adoption.

Acting Shelter Manager Scott Meyers said the thief/thieves cut through three fences and smashed a window to get to the puppies.

“The puppies were taken from an indoor enclosure sometime between 6pm yesterday and 6am today,” said Mr Meyers.

“At this point, we’re extremely concerned about the puppies’ health and wellbeing,” said Mr Meyers. “They were due to have their medication this morning. Without continued veterinary treatment, their lives are in grave danger.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Maitland Police or the RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter on (02) 4939 1555.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Biscuit - An eye for an eye!


As more and more pet owners are faced with hard choices mandated by today’s difficult economic climate, an unfortunate result is that many family pets are not getting the level of medical care they need. Desparate pet owners are faced with ‘no-win’ choices of no medical care, minimal medical care or surrendering their pet.

'Wong Wong' was one such Pomeranian who was brought into the Sydney Shelter. He was a little worse for wear but it wasn't like you would know it by looking at him play. He had only one eye and a plate in his leg from a previous injury. As is becoming more and more common, his owner couldn't afford the mounting vet bills and to add to their woes - pets weren’t allowed at their new home. Things looked dire for little 'Wong Wong'.

And then along came Samantha. Samantha took one look and adopted 'Wong Wong' right there and then, renaming him Biscuit and shuttling him back to his new home.

Surrendering your dog can be a difficult decision. Often, people believe they must give up their dog because they do not know how to handle a particular issue. However, most issues such as housing options, steep veterinarian bills, allergies, and behavioral issues all can often be addressed.

We at RSPCA NSW are aware that no responsible pet owner would make any of these choices if they had any other option. Therefore, one of our goals in this blog is to try to provide you with education that leads to additional choices. In that light, we would like to make you aware of the resources, suggestions and options suggested in this blog and on our RSPCA NSW website. Or, as a last resort if you are forced to surrender your pet, we urge you to contact an RSPCA Shelter or rescue in your geographic area to see if they can take in your pet and try to find them a new happy home.

Samantha tells us that Biscuit has settled in really well. He has so many toys that choosing a favourite is difficult - they are all his favourite. If they are playing a game of tug a war he runs over and jumps in the middle! His injuries don’t stop him in any way enjoying life. He still loves to run around and play but mostly enjoys to sit and have a cuddle on his new owners lap.

Good luck Biscuit! May all the holes that you dig, be deep and the treats you receive, chewy :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jay Jay comes to the rescue!


Catastrophes unite us in our courage, our challenges and our grief. But they also provide a blueprint for our future. Particularly when that blueprint allows for the saving of human life and when natural disaster strikes the bond between animal and man has never been stronger.

Above is a picture of Jay Jay (previously known as Johnny) prior to being rehomed. He was brought by his owner Zoe in April of this year from the Yagoona Shelter and is currently enrolled in the K9 Urban Search and Rescue team for the SES & NSW Fire Brigade.

RSPCA NSW Inspector Slade Macklin is working with SES & NSW Fire Brigades Steve Austin in rehabilitating and training Jay Jay for eventual deployment into disaster zones. The canines help search teams to locate victims, using their incredible sense of smell to detect live human scent, even from a victim buried deep in the rubble.

Urban Search and Rescue dogs are all trained to locate people that may have become buried due to natural or man made disasters. All of the dogs are trained to give a bark indication when they have located live human scent. Canine searchers play a critical role during structural collapse incidents. Canines with high "toy drive" are used for urban search and rescue. It is a game of hide and seek" for the dog. In training, people run from the dog and hide with the toy, playing with the dog when found. By the time the dog is on a real search, he is looking willingly for trapped people.

"He is doing really well - his drive and focus is fantastic. By September next year Jay Jay and other dogs on the team will be qualified and deployable to natural disasters zones such as Christchurch and Japan to search for victims." said Inspector Macklin. "I wanted to forward this on as we dont often see where the dogs that we have rehomed have progressed to and that they dont need to be pure bred to be life savers."

We here at RSPCA NSW wish Jay Jay the safest of travels and all the best in his new home and vocation.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Susie, Greyhound


I am a sweet, gentle girl who is looking for a new family who has knowledge of my breed.

I require 1-2 walks a day to keep me fit and healthy. I get very excited when I see the lead and am out on a walk. I do like toys and love to chase them so please provide me with different toys to keep me busy when left alone.

I do like to greet other dogs but sometimes may not show much interest in meeting them. I cannot be re homed with small breed dogs but if you have another large breed dog at home, I will have to meet before taking me home.

I require a fully secure 5 ft fence with no holes or gaps where I can escape through.

A quick brush once a fortnight and a bath once a month will keep my coat maintained.

NO CATS OR POCKET PETS.
NO SMALL ANIMALS.
MUST HAVE BREED KNOWLEDGE.

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter with the rest of my pals.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199

ph; (02) 9770-7555

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

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New RSPCA Program Helps Homeless Pets and People!


With over 30,000 homeless people reported in NSW, the RSPCA today announces it will launch Australia’s first dedicated program to helping homeless pets and their owners. Living Ruff is a unique program that hopes to provide a range of community outreach services for pets and people living without access to long-term accommodation of a suitable standard.

Living Ruff Program initiatives include: emergency boarding and foster care; access to veterinary services; access to food for pets; education programs; and outreach services.

RSPCA NSW will officially launch the first stage of the Living Ruff Program on Wednesday, 5 October with the Exodus Foundation in Ashfield. The RSPCA is actively seeking funding to roll out incremental stages of the program.

“The RSPCA is about animal welfare, as well as human welfare,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.

“We understand the bond between pets and their owners is strong, particularly during times of hardship and distress. Living Ruff will offer services for homeless pets and their owners in the hopes of helping them remain together during this challenging time,” said Mr Coleman.

Exodus Foundation Founder Rev Bill Crews said that for many homeless people, the only stable love in their lives is the love they share with their pets.

“This love can provide friendship in the face of loneliness and inner warmth when it’s cold outside. The more homeless people know there are services available to look after their pets, the more secure they’ll feel in – what is for them – an insecure, scary world,” said Rev Crews.

RSPCA NSW Special Programs Coordinator Fiona Millhouse developed Living Ruff after joining the RSPCA earlier this year as part of the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference Program.

“Through to the Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference Program, Ms Millhouse has come on board to share her extensive knowledge on both program development and homelessness,” said Mr Coleman. “We’re very fortunate to have her as part of our team during this exciting time.

Walking on Sunshine!





The RSPCA Cat Legacy House at Somersby has been busy planning and building outdoor climbing frames for the residents, since April 2010. While all cats have access to a landscaped garden, it lacked environment enrichment. It did not encourage the cats to be outside and to be active. This leads to behavioural problems and some very lazy cats!

Imagine looking at the same four walls and garden for five years. Enough to pull your hair out? Well that’s just what our Legacy Cat, Jia, was doing in his free time. We decided that Jia needed some enrichment by the way of a climbing structure. This would provide physical enrichment with different surfaces to explore and varying platforms to climb, jump and discover while also providing visual stimulation.

The concept for designing the climbing frames on this side of the house was to make use of the walls in the construction process. Some of the residents have smaller gardens (privacy issues) and the frames were planned to utilize the small space in the best possible way. With some clever thinking and design work, we were able to stretch our funds to incorporate 3 climbing frames and to trial ‘bunk beds’ in two rooms. The result? Jia now has a climbing frame that extends up and over his garden and incorporates a sunning platform and a tunnel to investigate. Fred has a climbing frame that includes a sunning platform, shady retreat and a hideaway tunnel. And Miss Mini and Miss Puss have a climbing frame that is shaded by their own native tree which includes a deluxe cabin to dream away their days.

The two boys are also trialing the bunk beds; Fred likes the top bunk and Jia the lower.

I am pleased that our climbing frames continue to benefit and enrich the lives of these much cherished cats. It does feel like they are Walking on Sunshine.

Lisa Brennan
Animal Attendant
RSPCA Cat Legacy House

p.s. Many thanks to Mick Clarke and the boys at Kincumber Men’s Shed, for their ongoing commitment to community projects; including their time, energy and beautiful construction of the RSPCA Cat Legacy House climbing frames.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Dan, Domestic Medium Hair X


Meet Dan!

Dan came into the shelter as a stray and was sadly never reclaimed. He is a friendly and social boy who is now looking for his new family. Dan gets on OK with other friendly cats, but also enjoys some time on his own. He is quite people social and enjoys getting pats.

Being a medium haired cat, Dan will require a brush once or twice a week to maintain his coat and ensure it remains free from matts. Dan will need in his new home a litter tray, scratching post, food and water bowls, a few toys to play with and a nice warm bed to curl up in.

Dan is $160 to adopt which includes: Desexing and Vet Health Examination, Microchipping, First Vaccination, FIV Test, Flea and Worming Treatment, a 30 day pet insurance cover note and A FRIEND FOR LIFE!
 
For more information please visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/ or call (02) 4782 2674

Thursday, September 29, 2011

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.

Tradingpost.com.au and RSPCA Adoptapet join forces to help pets find a home!



Thousands of dogs and cats soon will have a better chance of finding a family thanks to a new partnership between the RSPCA and Australia’s No 1 classifieds site, tradingpost.com.au, to offer online pet adoptions.

Michael Padden, Head of Telstra Advertising Network said customers visiting tradingpost.com.au will be able to browse ads for rescue animals in addition to the thousands of pets for sale by private and commercial customers, making it easier than ever before for homeless pets to be adopted.

“With so many animals looking for new homes, we’re delighted to be providing the RSPCA with a new channel to promote animal adoption,” Mr Padden said.

“Tradingpost.com.au is already the largest marketplace for pets in Australia, with more than 3.8 million visits to the site each month , and the new partnership with RSCPA means that there will be an additional 2,500 cats, dogs and other pets listed on tradingpost.com.au making the total number of pets available in excess of 10,000.” Mr Padden said.

Kellie Rutherford, Partnership Relationship Manager for RSPCA Australia said around 45,000 animals are adopted from the RSPCA each year.

“By partnering with tradingpost.com.au we can put our adoption animals in front of a broader audience and hopefully find these animals their forever homes.”

The RSPCA’s website Adoptapet lets you view some of the animals waiting adoption at RSPCA locations across Australia. Browsing through Adoptapet, you'll see that many wonderful pets find their way to the RSPCA for a number of different reasons and all are thoroughly health checked and temperament tested before being offered up for adoption by the RSPCA.

For more information visit http://www.adoptapet.com.au/ or http://www.tradingpost.com.au/

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

INCLUDE PETS IN BUSHFIRE SURVIVAL PLAN, WARNS RSPCA



Nearly 80 bushfires were reported to the NSW Rural Fire Service in the past two days. With bushfire season upon us, RSPCA NSW is urging the public to include their animals when preparing a family bushfire evacuation plan.

Because animals can get very distressed in smoky environments, pet owners should take precautionary measures whenever possible. The RSPCA recommends that people relocate their animals to a safe place before there’s an immediate threat or evacuation.

“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.”

Bushfire survival plans should include separate strategies to care for companion animals and livestock.

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
  • Appointing a backup person – possibly a trustworthy neighbour – who can implement your evacuation plan in your absence

Livestock tips include:
  • Preparing and maintaining fuel-reduced areas onto which livestock can be moved and held
  • Having emergency supplies of fodder and water available

“Pets typically cannot survive on their own so taking animals with you is strongly recommended whenever possible,” said Chief Inspector OShannessy.

For more information on animal welfare in emergencies, visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/emergency

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Boof, Kelpie X


Boof is a friendly and boisterous boy who also has a sweet and sensitive side. He is looking for an experienced, firm owner who has previously had large breed dogs and can commit to continuing obedience training and walking him on his halti. Boof can be a handful but is also a big softy at times and will just want to cuddle up with you and give you kisses. As he is so boisterous and strong it is recommended that he doesn’t go to a home with children under 6 years of age as he may knock them over accidentally.

Boof will need at least two daily walks on his halti as well as daily obedience training. He can sit and is learning how to shake. He is responsive to commands and will do anything for a treat. To keep Boof mentally stimulated when alone or bored, he will benefit from having toys and treat balls like a Kong to keep him busy. He is dominant when meeting other dogs and will always want to greet other dogs but not all dogs take his dominance well and he doesn’t like when other dogs jump on him. Because of this, it is best that Boof be the only dog in his new home. Socialisation is important but when he meets other dogs he must be on his halti and held by an adult. He is not the type of dog that can be taken to an off leash dog park.

Boof is very interested in small animals and will chase them so his new home cannot have small animals. His backyard must have secure 5ft fencing with no holes or gaps. A brush once a fortnight and a bath when he is dirty will keep him looking handsome and his coat maintained. Boof is a friendly and sweet boy who will make a loving companion to someone who is looking for a friendly and sweet dog who they will continue to train.

Boof is $300 to adopt, and is desexed, 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.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Booz & Company beautify Katoomba



"On a cold rainy morning last week, a handful of eager staff from Booz & Company gathered in convoy to road trip up to the RSPCA's Katoomba shelter for a day of gardening and flower bed regeneration. Despite the rainy weather, our spirits were buoyed by the sight of several dogs at the gate (who looked pretty happy to see us too!) as well Kathy - the shelter's manager who did a great job of showing us around, providing us with the gardening gear that we needed and educating the team about the work of the RSPCA.

Thankfully the rain had stopped by the time we set into the day's activities - clearing sticks from the lawn for mowing, weeding and regenerating the flower beds. As we did our work, the shelter's staff came along with dogs to distract us (a good distraction!) and to chat about the animals.

After hours of work, the sun finally came out! Mez took us on a tour of the dog and cat shelters which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Overall it was a fantastic day in the mountains and we'd like to thank the staff, cats and dogs of Katoomba RSPCA for having us over!"

The Staff of Booz & Company.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Adopt a Pet Profile: Ella, Great Dane Cross


Ella is an 11 month old female, Great Dane Cross. She is a very sweet natured girl who is looking for her fur-ever home.

Firstly, Ella is deaf. She will need to go to a home with experienced dog owners who are willing to put the time and effort into her. Ella's new owners will need to be able to spend some time with her, continuing her basic obedience training with the use of hand signals rather then vocal commands. Ella is very people and dog social, but will need to meet any new potential doggy friends before being adopted. Ella needs to go to a home with NO SMALL CHILDREN as she can get very excited and jumpy, and at times forgets she is a large size dog!

Being a white dog, Ella is quite sensitive to the sun and will require sun block on her when she is outdoors, mainly on her nose, ears and around her eyes. Ella is a very playful girl and loves her toys so would enjoy her new family spending time with her and her toys. She will need a large fully fenced yard with solid fences no less than 5 feet. Ella loves other dogs but would need to meet any potential doggy housemates before going home to live with them. She would love some interactive playtime each day and a walk on lead, never off lead, as she is deaf and would be unable to hear traffic or you calling her. She is a great companion.

Ella is $350 to adopt which includes: Desexing and Vet Consultation, Microchipping, First Vaccination, Heartworm Test, Flea and Worming Treatments, 30 day pet insurance cover note and A FRIEND FOR LIFE!

Ella is suitable for experienced ORANGE family.

She is available at the RSPCA Blue Mountains (Katoomba) Shelter

121-125 Mort St

KATOOMBA NSW 2780

Phone: 02 4782 2674
Fax: 02 4782 5556

10am to 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Closed Wed and public holidays.


Science prize for research that whipped horses don’t run faster


Research revealing the futility of whipping racehorses has attracted the most prestigious award in Australian science.

The 2011 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research that Contributes to Animal Protection was last night awarded to Professor Paul McGreevy and his team of scientists, for research that investigated the impact of whipping on performance in Thoroughbred races.

The team comprises Professor McGreevy, Honorary Associate Professor David Evans, Honorary Associate Dr Andrew McLean and RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones.

Study co-author, Dr David Evans, said the results of the study offered no support for the retention of whipping in horse racing.

“We looked at running times in a series of races, how whips were used and whether that whip use influenced the outcome of a race. What we found was that whipping did not affect the probability of whether or not a horse finished a race in the first three placings."

Animal behaviour expert Professor Paul McGreevy said he hoped this research would highlight the fallacy and futility of whipping.

“Top performance horses have been bred and prepared to give of their best. Add to that excellent horsemanship and you’ve got a winning combination. That’s all you need. We have evidence here that great horsemanship does not involve flogging tired horses.”

The research was funded by RSPCA Australia and carried out with the assistance of Racing New South Wales.

"Working with Paul McGreevy and the rest of the team has been a wonderful collaboration,” said RSPCA Australia Chief Scientist Dr Bidda Jones.

“The mix of expertise in equine behaviour, physiology, training and animal welfare has led to several important advances in our understanding of the challenges faced by horses in sport and has thrown a spotlight on the use of whips in racing.

“It's also been encouraging to those involved in other equine disciplines such as dressage and showjumping, who are seeking to improve horse welfare.”

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the most coveted science awards in Australia. Director of the Australian Museum, Frank Howarth, said Professor McGreevy’s team had been instrumental in bringing an ethical dimension to horse training and racing at an international level.

“Moreover, the team has shown through scientific research that much of the harm currently inflicted on horses in sport bears no real benefits anyway.”

The $10,000 Voiceless Eureka Prize for Scientific Research That Contributes to Animal Protection is awarded to an individual or team for scientific research that has contributed, or has the potential to contribute, to animal protection.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Squizzy, Terrier X


Squizzy is a shy little boy. He loves to be patted and hugged but he can be a bit timid until he gets to know you.

Squizzy would love to go to a nice quiet home. He gets along fine with the other puppies here at the shelter but would like to meet any potential canine housemates before he goes home with you.

Squizzy has been vet checked and his worming and vaccinations are up to date. He has been behaviorally assessed, microchipped and desexed.

He is currently available from the Dubbo Adoption Centre.

Boothenba Road - Cnr Yarrandale Road

Dubbo 2830

Ph: (02) 6882-1934 between the hours of 10:00am - 3:30pm

Fax: (02) 6882-1934

Dubbo Adoption Centre opening hours:

10:00am to 4:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00am to 12:00pm Tuesdays.
10:00am to 3:30pm Saturday and Sundays.

Monday, August 15, 2011

August is National Desexing Month!


During National Desexing Month, vet clinics around Australia are promoting desexing and generously offering special deals to encourage desexing in July, before the spring breeding season.  The aim is to help prevent the thousands of unwanted cats and dogs which are killed in pounds and shelters each year.

RSPCA NSW is strongly supportive of desexing dogs and cats as an important way of reducing the number of unwanted pets, improving the health of individual animals, and reducing problems caused by animals in communities.

The main reason for desexing is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The RSPCA takes in 160,000 animals every year and many of these are the result of unplanned breeding. Regretfully, many have to be euthanased because there are not enough suitable homes for them to go to. Desexing can help prevent and reduce this.

Desexed animals are generally less likely to get diseases and illness such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and cancer and prostate problems in males.Desexing commonly reduces behaviour problems such as roaming, aggression and urine marking in males. In females it prevents mating behaviour and false pregnancy.

The RSPCA practises early age desexing from the age of eight weeks when the surgery is simple and recovery is rapid. Early age desexing is an effective way of reducing accidental pregnancy in young animals and ensuring compliance with local council desexing requirements. If your puppy or kitten was not desexed prior to sale, they must be desexed before they are able to produce any unintended litters. There is absolutely no benefit in letting females have one litter before they are desexed.

Talk to your vet about desexing, microchipping and vaccinations. They’re all important parts of being a responsible dog owner and will ensure your new best friend stays healthy and happy.

Why should you desex your pet?

- By desexing your pet you are helping to reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats that end up at shelters each year.
- Desexing your pet can reduce the risk of testicular and cervical cancer, along with other reproductive related conditions.
- Pets are less prone to wander and fight.
- Unplanned and poorly planned pregnancy in pets is a major cause of animal surrender, please don't let your pet be a part of this unnecessary problem.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Adopt a Pet Profile: Zoidberg, Male, Domestic Short Hair X

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This is Zoidberg, he has been at the shelter since January 2011 looking for his forever home, but due to his condition he has been over looked.

Zoidberg is a very special boy who has mild brain damage - this causes his head to bob uncontrollably and he also walks in circles. Sometimes Zoidy can come across as deaf, but its mostly just confusion.

Zoidy cannot go to a home with young children as he can be a bit skittish if he is startled.

Zoidberg absolutely adores other animals and MUST go to a home with another friendly cat or a calm friendly dog, because when he doesnt have a companion Zoidy can get quite distressed.

Due to his condition Zoidy can NEVER be let outside and must be an indoor only cat for his whole life. Zoidberg will need a patient calm family who will love him for his quirky ways.

Zoidy enjoys the occasional cuddle but isnt one to sit on your lap and have a sleep, he is more than happy to play with toys and do his own thing. In his new home Zoidberg will need a warm bed, scratching post, litter tray, toys, and someone to love him just the way he is.

Zoidberg is $190 to adopt which includes: Desexing, Microchip, Vaccinations, Flea and Worm Control, Vet Check, Pet Insurance and a purrrfect companion.

He is avaialble from the Blue Mountains RSPCA Shelter.

Blue Mountains RSPCA Shelter
121-125 Mort Street, Katoomba 2780

Open 6 days a week - closed Wednesdays.
Phone; (02) 4782 2674