Monday, February 28, 2011

Me, you and a dog named Woo - A special "Lady" finds here fur-ever home

Lady shortly after being seized by RSPCA Inspectors.

Inspector Claire Kendall with Lady on their way to Victoria. Thanks Jetpets!
In early 2008, RSPCA Inspectors were alerted to an animal cruelty complaint in the Western Suburbs of Sydney. The call was in response to a pair of dogs that were in poor condition; early reports stated that one of the dogs had advanced signs of malnutrion, a shrunken waist and had visible ribs and spines.

The dogs were seized and transported to the RSPCA clinic at Yagoona and presented to a veterinarian. Examinations revealed that the dog (Lady Woo - a Red Cattle Dog) showed advanced signs of malnutrition, was very underweight at 8.5 kilograms, with a body score of 4 out of 5 on the Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scale; where 1 is ideal and 5 is emaciated. The veterinarian stated that Lady had no body fat, easily visible ribs and boney prominences. Both ear tips were ulcerated as a result of fly bite, she also had fleas and was infested with whipworm and tapeworm.

Over the course of her lengthy stay, Lady gained back her physicality, increased her body fat and went from strength to strength. Ms Woo had beat the odds! She got so well in fact that she was eventually allowed to be placed for adoption in a chance to find her fur-ever home.

With the help of the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue team, it wasn't too long before Lady Woo was discovered by Gail Fawcett and her husband. Whisked away with the assistance of Jetpets, Lady Woo was flown from Sydney to Victoria to be with her new family.

Lady Woo is now simply called 'Lady' and has found a wonderful pair of "hoomans" in the Fawcett family and also has a new playmate in the Fawcetts other dog, Bailey. Ladys new family love her so much. She is a gentle loving and affectionate dog and has definitely become part of the family in the short time they have known her. Gail and her husband don't like to go on holidays because it means leaving Lady behind. If the Fawcetts ever have to board her at a kennel, Lady gets to sleep on Gails and her husbands bed when she gets home from vacation.

Congratulations Fawcetts and Lady and for sharing your story. Best wishes to you all!

You can view more pics of Lady and her playpal Bailey at our Facebook page here!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mardi Gras Fair Day 2011

RSPCA NSW Staff hosted an information stand in the illustrious ‘Doggywood’ section at Mardi Gras Fair Day, Sunday 20 February 2011. One of the first celebratory days of Mardi Gras, the event allowed staff to chat with members of the community and spread awareness of our campaigns, programs and services. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition to ban exotic animal circuses in NSW, signed our pledge to Close Puppy Factories, asked questions , took away educational brochures on animal welfare and pet care, and made donations on the day!

Click here to view more photos from Mardi Gras Fair Day 2011 on our Facebook page!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Christmas comes twice thanks to Masterpet

Alison Wady from Masterpet, Hannah Burfitt and Donna Hough from RSPCA NSW
A big thank you to Alison Wady and the team from Masterpet who donated 3 pallets of goodies to the Sydney Shelter a couple of weeks ago in response to our shelter wish list. Just like Christmas morning it was a lot of fun opening the boxes to reveal the gifts inside – dog beds and cushions, hundreds of vibrating mice toys, Christmas bears, toy platypuses, santas on ropes, treats…the list goes on and on. Alison visited the shelter to see where the presents are going and was swamped by grateful dogs. Thanks masterpet!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Photo taken 20 October 2010

Photo taken 25 October 2010
 Two brothers from Ermington were sentenced at Parramatta Local Court, Friday 18 February 2011.

The brothers had each been charged with three counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to their female American Bulldog. An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report of a dog with a severe skin condition on 20 October 2010. The Inspector issued instructions for the dog to be taken for veterinary treatment, and subsequently seized the dog on 25 October 2010 following the brothers failure to comply with these instructions. Veterinary examination found the dog was suffering a severe generalised skin infection and flea burden resulting in intense pruritis (itching), pain and suffering. The dog also had an untreated painful bacterial and fungal infection of the right ear of at least two week's duration.

The brothers received the same penalties. Each was convicted and fined $300. They were each ordered to pay $79 Court costs, $1,070.18 veterinary/boarding expenses, and prohibited from owning any animal for two years.

All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations

Friday, February 18, 2011

Adopt a Pet Profile: Lucy, Domestic Short Hair X

Lucy was originally in a home with a child and a small dog and coped very well. She had to be surrendered because of an illness in the family, and as a result was a little stressed about her new situation. She does not like being confined alone, and prefers interacting with people and other animals. She also enjoys playing with ANYTHING. She may have some Oriental background, as she is slender and fine-boned. Lucy would be a loyal and loving companion in any household. She was born on 5 Nov. 2010 and is available from the RSPCA Armidale Volunteer Branch. Lucy has been microchipped, her worming and vaccinations are up to date and she has been health checked.

For kitten/cat adoptions enquiries please contact Witha on (02)6772-6217. For all OTHER adoption enquiries please contact the RSPCA Armidale Volunteer Branch on 0412 217 364.

Suzie Wilks on The Circle launches RSPCA IPhone app

Wilks has developed the app, which posts pictures and information on pets available for adoption through local RSPCA centres.

"We've funded the whole project and I'm really thrilled with it," she said. "I've always wanted to do something for the animals."

Wilks, with the help of husband Nick O'Halloran (and Junior), has spent the past year developing the concept with the approval of the RSPCA.

Lonely hearts looking for love now have the chance to meet their perfect mate whilst on the move, thanks to the launch of the RSPCA’s innovative iPhone/iPad application, adoptapet.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SAVE: Adopt a cat UPDATE

Due to an overwhelming response we are presently running low on kittens in the designated facilities. We are currently transferring more kittens from our regional shelters. This takes time so we may not be able to immediately meet the high demand. We do have lots of kittens in foster care awaiting coming  of age so they can be desexed ready for adoption.

If you buy an adoption pack today and wish to adopt a kitten please note that there may be a few weeks delay in completing your adoption.

We do have lots of  gorgeous adult cats up for adoption who are waiting for a friendly lap and a warm spot in the sun. So we are urging people to consider an adult cat as much as a kitten. There are plenty of adult cats available for immediate adoption.

If you have your heart set on a kitten and don’t wish to be disappointed, please note we will be honouring the cat waiver for all purchasers of a cat adoption pack for three months as of the 16th of February 2011. Our facilities are very busy at present and your patience and understanding is appreciated. Please bear with us. We are overwhelmed with the response and we thank everybody for their support.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Should I get another cat to provide company for my cat?

For cats that are left on their own for long periods each day, it is a good idea to consider providing another cat for company. Sociable interaction with another cat can greatly enrich their daily lives.

The younger they are when introduced, the greater the chances of their getting on amicably most of the time. After about two years of age, acceptance of another cat can be a bit random, but they will very rarely totally reject another cat in the long-term. After a time even those cats that do not become great friends can still learn to tolerate and live with each other by keeping to their own territory.

Getting litter mates gives you the best chances of a pair getting on. Where other cats are introduced it is preferable to do so with kittens. The ‘curiosity factor’ can be used to advantage by placing the newcomer in a room to themselves with litter tray, bed and food and water bowls, for two days before introducing the resident cat to them, especially if the resident is older than about six months.This gives the new cat a place to hide, plus some of its smell will be on you and in the room, giving it confidence. This will also allow the resident cat to gradually get a bit used to the newcomer's smell as well.

Bringing two older cats together, particularly where one has been resident for some time, may lead in some cases to some hissing and fighting at first. However, tolerance can increase with time and by using such methods as: feeding them progressively closer together, rubbing them alternately with the same unwashed towel to transfer their smells between each other, using cat pheromones or other medications in the short-term (please talk to your vet for details) can all help.

RSPCA NSW waives adoption fees to save cats' lives

RSPCA NSW is overwhelmed by the sheer number of cats and kittens that need homes or face being euthanased. In a desperate attempt to save as many feline lives as possible, the organisation is waiving cat adoption fees at five locations throughout the state from 17th – 21st February.

“Sadly, we experience the same thing every year,” said RSPCA NSW Animal Wellbeing Executive Manager Susan Hill. “One cat can be responsible for reproducing 20,000 kittens in just two years. So you can imagine just how important it is to desex your animals. But people neglect to desex their pets so when breeding season hits, the RSPCA becomes inundated with thousands upon thousands of unwanted kittens and pregnant cats.”

“It’s absolutely devastating when we have to euthanase perfectly healthy animals because we’ve literally run out of space and have nowhere to care for them.”|

In hopes of finding loving homes for as many animals as possible during this extremely busy time, RSPCA NSW has launched its SAVE campaign. For five days only, RSPCA’s Sydney, Hunter, Illawarra and Broken Hill shelters and Care Centre in Rouse Hill will waive its normal adoption fees of up to $190 when adopters invest in an adoption pack for their new family member. Adoption packs include a cat bed, litter tray and scoop, two bowls, collar and cat toy.

“We’ve got thousands of gorgeous, healthy, loving felines that deserve a chance at life,” said Ms Hill. “We’re hoping this cost savings will encourage people to make the RSPCA their first choice when considering pet adoption.

All cats and kittens available for adoption at the RSPCA are health-checked, desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and up-to-date on flea and worming treatments.

In an effort to generate awareness about the SAVE campaign, RSPCA NSW staff and volunteers will visit Pitt Street Mall and Taylor Square in Sydney and Crown Street Mall in Wollongong on Thursday, 17th February from 11am to 1pm. The teams will hand out free cat toys, provide information and answer questions about the initiative.

For more information about SAVE, visit

Friday, February 11, 2011

How do I care for my new kitten?

Cats can be very territorial and sometimes they don't like change very much. Your cat is probably used to being the only cat around and probably had complete run of the house. Suddenly there is this strange other cat or kitten who, from the existing cat's point of view, is just getting in the way. Whenever a new cat is introduced into a house with other cats it takes time for them to get used to each other, and your first cat might a little jealous of the newcomer, so you need to take things slowly and carefully at first.

The key points to consider when introducings cats are:
•Introduce the existing cat and the new cat in stages – gradually increasing exposure time

•Keep the new cat in a separate room for about a week so that the existing cat can become accustomed to their smell and presence and the new cat has time to adjust to their new environment

•This separation and gradual introduction may help to reduce the overall anxiety of the situation and provides a good basis for the development of good relations.

•After the new cat has settled in to her part of the house you can slowly introduce her to the rest of the house by bringing her out for 10 or 15 minutes at a time under your supervision. Eventually she will be confident enough to wander freely around the house and the other cat should be used to her.

•In the initial stages there may be some hissing and tail swishing – but this should settle down after a few days

•Ensure that the existing cat has an area that she can go to for privacy to get away from the new cat

•Provide at least two litter trays

•Allow the cats to eat separately

•Ensure the existing cat receives a lot of individual attention from you

•Be aware that it may take some time for a relationship to develop

Not all cats will get on with each other. In situations where cats do not like each other in the long-term, they may still be able to co-exist in relative peace by seeking out their own space and spending most of the time on their own. Some cats have the ability to find a balance and share their territory. Having access to different rooms so that they may be alone can assist in these situations.

In rare situations where cats seriously injure eachother or begin to show signs of severe stress as a result of being housed together, they may need to be separated. Your local vet can provide more information about available options in these situations.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Animal Cruelty Case - Gosford Local Court

Photo taken on day of seizure 13 October 2010 at RSPCA Rutherford Shelter

A local Woy Woy woman appeared at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 8 February 2011. She pleaded guilty to two charges of animal cruelty - failure to provide proper and sufficient food and failure to provide veterinary treatment to her Palomino horse.

The Palomino gelding was seized by an RSPCA Inspector on 13 October 2010 after the woman failed to comply with his instructions concerning the care of the horse during the five weeks prior to seizure. Veterinary examination diagnosed the horse as underweight and suffering a deteriorating eye condition. Faecal samples confirmed a strongyle worm burden.

The woman was fined $900 and placed on a nine-month Section 9 good behaviour bond. She agreed to forfeit the horse to the custody of the RSPCA.

The Magistrate prohibited the woman from owning any animal for twelve months and ordered her to present to Police for fingerprinting. She was also ordered to pay $79 Court costs and $1,231.75 veterinary/agistment costs.

All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Greyhounds abound @ the RSPCA!

Greyhounds like Bliss and Greyhound crossbreeds like Rocky are available for $180 (limited time only) at RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter and Care Centre in Rouse Hill

RSPCA NSW currently has a number of Greyhounds and Greyhound crossbreeds in its care. In an attempt to give these gentle giants a chance for a new life, the Sydney Shelter in Yagoona and RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill are offering a reduced adoption fee on all Greyhounds and Greyhound crossbreeds until  the 4th March 2011.

“A lot of people have preconceived opinions about Greyhounds,” said RSPCA Sydney Shelter Supervisor Andrew Lovie. “The breed is often misunderstood and suffers from negative stereotypes that make people less inclined to adopt them.”

The truth is Greyhounds are extremely intelligent, brave and loyal dogs. Their sensitive, gentle and even-tempered nature makes them great pets. And despite their reserved demeanour, they bond quite strongly with their owners.

NSW law requires that Greyhounds be muzzled when they’re in public areas. This leads people to wrongly assume that Greyhounds are mean, dangerous and prone to biting. “Remember that most Greyhounds have been trained to chase fuzzy little animals, so muzzling them simply acts as a way to protect small animals and native wildlife that Greyhounds might otherwise mistake as prey,” said Mr Lovie.

Greyhounds tend to get along with other dogs, and are well-suited for families with children – though they don’t do well with rough play and shouldn’t go to a home with cats or pocket pets like rabbits and guinea pigs.

Despite their size, Greyhounds are surprisingly well-suited for indoor living. They don’t bark or shed excessively and are actually quite docile and inactive when kept indoors. “Don’t let their lazy indoor behaviour fool you though – they have great stamina and should be given regular opportunities to exercise,” said Mr Lovie.

Because of their easy-going nature, the RSPCA NSW Education Team often takes Greyhounds along when visiting senior centres, schools and community events. “This breed seems to be very receptive to people’s personalities and behaviours,” said RSPCA NSW Education Officer Stephanie Sok. “They appear to be more reserved around people who are shy or uncomfortable around animals, yet tend to be more playful and engaging with outgoing people. They’re really quite amazing animals.”

Greyhounds available for adoption at the RSPCA are behaviour assessed, desexed, microchipped, health checked, vaccinated and up to date on their flea and worming treatments. To find out more, visit

Thursday, February 3, 2011

RSCPA NSW celebrates the Year Of The Rabbit

Rabbits like Ernie need plenty of shade, fresh water and
dry straw bedding to stay cool and healthy in hot weather

2011 marks the Year of the Rabbit and with Chinese New Year commencing 3 February, RSPCA NSW hopes it’s the best year yet for fuzzy bunnies everywhere.

The rabbit is believed to be one of the happiest signs, with people born in that year renowned for their reliability, kindness and loyalty. RSPCA NSW likes the sound of that – reliable, kind and loyal people make great pet owners!

“People often forget that we have rabbits available for adoption,” said RSPCA Sydney Shelter Manager Donna Hough. “We’ve got a beautiful pocket pet area here in Yagoona and we typically always have rabbits in need of good homes.”

Rabbits make wonderful pets, and their quiet, gentle, curious nature is very endearing. But despite popular belief, rabbits don’t make good pets for small children.

“Parents sometimes think that rabbits make good ‘starter’ pets – they’ll give their child a rabbit in hopes of teaching them responsibility in the lead up to getting them a dog or cat,” said Ms Hough. However, due to their sensitive digestive system and delicate skeletal structure, rabbits are often better suited for older children or adults. “Young children can sometimes be too rough with rabbits, and may even drop them if the animal starts to kick as a result of becoming uncomfortable while being held.”

Rabbits don’t take up as much room as larger animals, and don’t require as much exercise as some dogs, but they do deserve as much love, affection and attention as other companion animals.

“Rabbits are very social animals, and require mental stimulation just like dogs and cats,” said Ms Hough. “They love playing with toys and interacting with other rabbits and people. Rabbits can even be litter trained, and people often keep them as indoor pets.”

If cared for properly, rabbits can live for eight or more years. So it’s best to consult everyone in the household to ensure they’re all ready for the responsibility and commitment.

Rabbits available for adoption at the RSPCA are desexed, health checked and vaccinated against calici virus. To find out more about rabbits available for adoption at the RSPCA, visit

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Adopt a Pet Profile: Snowflake, Rabbit X

Introducing Snowflake! Snowflake is looking for his fur-ever home, so if either you or someone you may know is interested in a pocket pet from the RSPCA forward this on.

Rabbits make good pets. They are clean, placid and intelligent. Rabbits can be kept as pets where it is impractical to keep other animals such as dogs and cats. A rabbit makes little or no noise and if properly looked after, they will not smell.

His health has been checked and he has been desexed. All his vaccinations and worming are up-to-date.

Snowflake is available from the Tweed Heads Adoption Centre.
Phone (07) 5536 5135
Address 48 Boyd Street, Tweed Heads 2485
Opening Hours: 9:30 - 4:30 daily
Closed on Public Holidays

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The Minister was pleased to receive a copy of RSPCA NSW’s Political Animal
materials and advises that the government will give due consideration to the aims

Barbara Perry MP on site at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter with RSPCA NSW’s Dr Magdoline Awad
(with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy) and CEO Steve Coleman
 The RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona was recently awarded a grant for the amount of $48,900 as part of the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program. Member for Auburn, Barbara Perry MP visited the Sydney Shelter on Tuesday, 25 January to congratulate the not-for-profit animal welfare organisation on receiving the grant and to see first-hand where the money will be utilised.

The Community Building Partnership program provides funds for community groups and local councils to invest in community infrastructure throughout the State.

“The RSPCA does fantastic work in our community so it is wonderful to be able to support them in this way,” said Ms Perry.

The funds will be used to assist with the rebuilding of five dilapidated veterinary consultation rooms at the 40-year-old Shelter. One of these rooms will be used by the local community, as well as veterinary and TAFE students, who will be able to observe and learn from the highly-skilled RSPCA veterinary staff. The room will feature interactive technology and will be also be used by RSPCA community program visitors, such as the elderly and victims of domestic violence who require vet care for their pets.

“This funding will allow the organisation to create a state-of-the-art facility that people across the area – as well as the wider Sydney region – will be able to access,” said Ms Perry.

“We’re so grateful for these much-needed funds, and we’re pleased that the community will be able to benefit from it as well,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.

This is part of a larger, more comprehensive rebuild project that the RSPCA Sydney Shelter has undertaken – the first stage of which was completed in 2007. The RSPCA will need to raise $15 million in order to complete the multi-stage project. The organisation aims to raise awareness of this initiative as part of the 2011 RSPCA Political Animal campaign.

For more information on the Sydney Shelter rebuild and to find out how you can help the RSPCA with important animal welfare issues, visit

“I wish the RSPCA all the best as they continue their excellent efforts,” said Ms Perry.