Thursday, March 31, 2011

RSPCA on the hunt for toys.


Plush toys offer comfort to Shelter animals like Dixie

RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter is currently home to a large number of animals including those that ended up at the Shelter during the busy breeding season, as well as stray and impounded dogs brought in by the local council. Space is scarce and animal toys are in high demand. As a result, Shelter Staff are asking the community for donated pet-friendly toys that can be passed around to Shelter animals.

“Summer may be over, but we’re still dealing with the aftermath of a very busy breeding season,” said RSPCA Hunter Shelter Supervisor Sharon Wynne. “In addition, local councils have brought in a higher than average number of strays recently. This is in addition to the number of animals that are already in our care, which means we’re going through toys more quickly than we normally would.”

“Animals become bored quite easily,” said Ms Wynne. “So we use toys as a way 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 pet-friendly toys (no beanie toys) including plush toys and teddies, as well as Kongs, tug-o-war rope toys, rubber chew toys and chew/rawhide bones to keep dogs occupied while in their kennels.

All treats and toys can be dropped off at the RSPCA Hunter Shelter, located at 6-10 Burlington Place in Rutherford between 9.00am and 4.00pm (closed Tuesdays). Donated items can also be dropped off at RSPCA’s Tighes Hill Veterinary Clinic, located at 75 Elizabeth Street in Tighes Hill between 9.00am and 4.00pm (Monday – Friday).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

RSPCA GREYHOUNDS TAKE FLIGHT THANKS TO JETPETS


Jetpets Animal Transport has come to the RSPCA’s aid once again – this time by transporting seven Greyhounds free of charge from RSPCA NSW’s Sydney Shelter to RSPCA SA’s Lonsdale Shelter. Four dogs were transported yesterday; the remaining will fly out today.

“A lot of people have preconceived opinions about Greyhounds, particularly here in NSW where law requires that Greyhounds be muzzled when out in public,” said RSPCA Sydney Shelter Supervisor Adam Farrugia. “When people see the muzzle, they wrongly assume the dog is mean, dangerous or prone to biting.”

Misconceptions like these make rehoming Greyhounds difficult, as NSW residents are less inclined to adopt them. In an effort to give these gentle giants a better chance of finding new homes, RSPCA NSW asked for Jetpets’ assistance in transferring the dogs to SA, where muzzle laws differ and rehoming rates are subsequently more successful.

“A few of these Greyhounds have been with us since August of last year, so we’ve grown quite fond of them,” said Mr Farrugia. “But the Lonsdale Shelter gets a lot of people requesting Greyhounds, so we’re optimistic that the dogs will find good homes very soon.”

RSPCA NSW Business Relations Manager James Roden was also at the Sydney Shelter this morning to greet Jetpets and assist with the transfer. “Jetpets has been a partner of RSPCA NSW since 2008, and have assisted us numerous times over the past three years,” said Mr Roden. “This time, Jetpets’ incredible and immediate generosity has made it possible for seven well-deserving animals to find loving homes in South Australia." 

You can view more photos of the transfer at our Facebook Fan Page.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adopt a Pet Profile: Angus, Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Angus is an older dog but he is still full of energy and he can be boisterous at times. He can be a little rough with play at times so if his new home was to have kids they must be experienced in living with a boisterous dog. Angus is an active dog and is looking for a family where he will be taken out for daily exercise to burn off all his excess energy and to prevent him from becoming bored. He is friendly with other dogs but must meet any potential doggy housemates before they can go home together. Angus is not suited to a home with cats or pocket pets as he gets excited and likes to chase them.

Angus knows how to sit and drop when asked and is very responsive to food so will easily learn more. His new home will need to have a big yard with secure fencing. He has a short coat so will need a quick brush once a week and a bath whenever he is dirty. Angus is a very sweet older dog who will make a great companion to a family who enjoy exercising and want a dog as part of the family.

Angus is $180 to adopt, and is desexed, vaccinated, wormed and health tested. He is available right now at the Sydney Shelter. 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

Friday, March 25, 2011

Become a Glamour Puss...or Pup!



Miranda "Purr"! Megan "Tail". Elle Mc"Fur"son! Cindy "Claw"ford!

Our good friends and specialist pet photographers at Redbird Photography are hosting a photo day at our Sydney Yagoona Shelter and are inviting all creatures great and small to practice their Blue Steel, get a professional pictorial and help a great cause -as all proceeds raised from the day will go to RSPCA NSW.

Spaces are extremely limited, so we reccomend that you register for a timeslot at your earliest convenience. To register, send an email to info@redbirdphotography.com.au. Register early to avoid disappointment!

Cost
$25 per pet, for a 5x7 inch high resolution snapshot

Date
Saturday 16th April

Sydney Shelter (Yagoona)
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, NSW

Monday, March 21, 2011

What do you see as the biggest benefit of pet desexing?

Did you know that in six short years one female dog and its offspring can produce thousands of puppies? In the same period, a female cat and her offspring can produce well over 100,000 kittens. Many of these puppies and kittens that don't find homes end up in pounds or shelters or are dumped. Please visit politicalanimal.org.au and download the petition to ban exotic circuses in NSW. The more signatures we get, the higher the chance of a state-wide ban! -- Animals can’t vote. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today and adding an Animal Lovers twibbon to it through the “Animal Lovers” link on left menu of this page! You can also help spread the word by getting your friends to LIKE this facebook page - the more animal lovers we have, the more we can show our government that animals and animal welfare should be on their list of priorities!

RSPCA NSW CAWS PROGRAM HEADS TO BATHURST


RSPCA NSW Community Welfare Scheme (CAWS) will offer reduced-rate veterinary services to pensioners and lower income earners in Bathurst from 21 March to 1 April. Community members can take advantage of financially subsidised desexing and microchipping for their animals, as well as vaccinations for dogs.

Developed in 2004, CAWS aims to address the issue of unwanted companion animal (UCA) overpopulation
and its impacts on animal and human welfare by reducing the numbers of animals being euthanased in rural pounds and shelters, while decreasing human health and safety issues associated with large numbers of roaming stray dogs.

“CAWS provides a targeted, subsidised desexing program for the pets of people who may be unable to afford or easily access veterinary services,” said RSPCA NSW Veterinarian and Desexing Program Coordinator Dr Ann-Margret Withers. “It’s unlikely that these animals would be desexed otherwise.”

The program has been held in Bathurst since 2004 and is supported by Bathurst Regional Council (BRC) and four of the town’s veterinary hospitals – Bathurst Vet Hospital, Stewart Street Vet Hospital, Dr Tom’s Vet Practice and Durham Street Vet Clinic.

CAWS also advocates education and public awareness to teach community members and school-aged children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention. “The humane education aspect of the program is the key to promoting long-term, effective change,” said Dr Withers. “We encourage people to demonstrate empathy and compassion towards animals.”

Bathurst residents can contact one of the participating veterinary clinics for more information:

Bathurst Vet Hospital: 6332 5800
Stewart St Vet Hospital: 6331 1222
Dr Tom’s Vet Practice: 6332 3222
Durham Street Vet Clinic: 6334 2009

Friday, March 18, 2011

Is there a place for "recreational hunting" in Australia?


The RSPCA is a leading authority on humane pest animal management and firmly believes that there is no such thing as 'conservation hunting', as the Game Council claims. Recreational hunting is not strategic, not always humane nor justified. The RSPCA is opposed to hunting animals for sport because of the huge potential for cruelty. The Game Council is a ruse and in no way contributes to effective pest animal management in New South Wales. Change your facebook profile pic to your pet today and add our Animal Lovers twibbon – just click on the Animal Lovers link on left menu of this facebook page to upload your photo today. Please spread the word about our campaign by getting your friends to LIKE this facebook page – the more animal lovers we have, the more we can show our government that animals and animal welfare should be on their list of priorities!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Would you be opposed to recreational hunting in private game reserves and in some National Parks?


The plan put forward by the NSW Shooters Party would also add new animals to the legal shooting list, including native species like Cockatoos, Black Swans and Galahs. If passed, the Bill would also revive duck hunting in New South Wales. Change your facebook profile pic to your pet today and add our Animal Lovers twibbon – just click on the Animal Lovers link on left menu of this facebook page to upload your photo today. Please spread the word about our campaign by getting your friends to LIKE this facebook page – the more animal lovers we have, the more we can show our government that animals and animal welfare should be on their list of priorities!

REGISTER FOR RSPCA’S MILLION PAWS WALK NOW AND SAVE



“The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is designed to be a fun day for all involved,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “It offers animal lovers the opportunity to get out and mingle, exercise and enjoy the company and entertainment of like-minded people, but also allows the RSPCA to provide information and education about important – yet often overlooked – animal welfare issues.”

Whether you fundraise online, walk on your own, with your dog, or as a team, there are plenty of great ways to get involved. Online fundraisers even have the chance to win a 2011 Hyundai i30w SX manual wagon valued at $24,000*. For every $100 raised online, you’ll receive an entry into the draw – the more you raise, the more chances to win!

This year, walks around NSW will be held at:

Albury – Hovell Tree Park
Armidale – The Greenlands Armidale
Bathurst – Bi-Centennial Park
Berridale – Lions Park
Blue Mountains – Melrose Park
Central Coast – Lyons Park
Coffs Harbour – Coffs Harbour RSPCA Shelter
Cooma – Centennial Park
Dubbo – Ollie Robbins Oval
Glen Innes – Glen Innes Showground
Goulburn – Goulburn Girl Guides Hall
Gunnedah – RSPCA Gunnedah Volunteer Branch
Illawarra – Reddall Reserve
Inverell – Campbell Park
Kempsey – Kempsey Showground
Morpeth – Morpeth Common
Nowra – White Sands Park
Orange – EMUS Rugby Club
Port Macquarie – Port Macquarie Racecourse
Sydney – Sydney Olympic Park
Tamworth – RSPCA Tamworth Volunteer Branch
Taree – Taree Showground
Tweed Heads – Jack Bayliss Park
Ulladulla & South Coast – Milton Showground
Wagga Wagga – Wiradjuri Walking Track

“The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is Australia’s premiere pet event and was recently voted the Best Charity or Cause-Related Event at the 2010 Australian Event Awards,” said Mr Coleman. “It’s a great day, and this year is sure to be our best one yet.”

*Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit http://www.millionpawswalk.com.au/ or call (02) 9782 4480.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

If you've purchased a puppy, did you have the opportunity to meet it's parents or see where it was born?




Be very cautious if you're looking to buy a puppy from an ad in the classifieds, be it newspaper or online. If the public stop buying puppies from pet shops, the factories will be forced to stop producing them. It's just supply and demand. Animals can’t vote. Animal Lovers can. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today by going to the Animal Lovers tab (http://www.facebook.com/RSPCANewSouthWales), and getting your friends to like this Facebook page.


Adopt a Pet Profile: Moe, Australian Miniature Horse X


Hello, my name is Moe. I can be quite independant, but am quite cute.

I am unable to be ridden & am not broken in, so am in need of a good paddock of my own with shelter to live in. If there are female horses around I can be a bit bossy. My nature is good, but I do like things my way at times. A premises inspection needs to be done to make sure my new paddock is safe & secure.

My adoption includes: Worming, Desexing & Behaviour Assessment.

Where to find me...

Wollongong (Unanderra Branch)
Phone: (02) 4271 3410
Address: Industrial Road, Unanderra, 2526

We are open for adoptions 6 days a week, from 9 to 4 , closed on Thursdays and public holidays.

You can view Moe and the rest of his mates at the RSPCA Adopt A Pet website here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Would you purchase a puppy knowing it was bred in a puppy mill?


We don't know how many puppy mills there are in Australia, but with the advent of internet sales it is a growing national problem. RSPCA inspectors have seized dogs from puppy farms where hundreds of breeding females have been kept in cages in appalling conditions. Head to http://www.politicalanimal.org.au/ for more information and contact your local MP with prepopulated information from our site. Animals can’t vote. Animal Lovers can. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today by going to the Animal Lovers tab, and getting your friends to like this Facebook page.

You can view more information about puppy mills here.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Have you ever bought a puppy from a pet store or you suspect, from a puppy factory?


Every year thousands of dogs are churned out of puppy factories which show little regard for their health and welfare or pet over-population. Head to http://www.politicalanimal.org.au/ for more information and contact your local MP with prepopulated information from our site. Animals can’t vote. Animal Lovers can. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today by going to the Animal Lovers tab, and getting your friends to like this Facebook page.

You can view more information about puppy mills here.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Lost pets want to go home!

Angel (above) and the rest of her mates are available from the Hunter Shelter - Rutherford

RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter has experienced a recent influx in the number of stray and impounded dogs coming through its doors. The Shelter is filling up fast and Shelter Staff are urging anyone missing an animal to contact them immediately.

Because the Hunter Shelter acts as a holding facility for three of the local councils (Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Maitland), all animals picked up by council rangers or reported to these councils are transferred to RSPCA’s Hunter Shelter.

“We’ve got so many stray and lost dogs in our facility at the moment, we’re running out of room for our adoptable Shelter animals,” said RSPCA Hunter Shelter Manager Scott Meyers. “We’ve had to transfer several animals that are awaiting adoption to other RSPCA facilities in order to make room for incoming council animals.”

The RSPCA understands that searching for a lost pet can be a trying and emotional experience. They suggest taking the following steps to help increase your chances of being reunited with your pet should it become lost:

- By law, companion animals in NSW must be microchipped and registered with local council.
- Make sure your details are always kept up to date with council in case they need to contact you about a lost or missing animal.
- NSW law also requires that dogs and cats wear proper identification tags – even pets that are kept indoors should be identifiable in case they get out.
- If you’re going away, make sure the person looking after your pet knows how to contact you and what to do if your pet goes missing.
- Begin searching for your pet immediately – don’t wait in the hope that they’ll be able to find their own way home.
- Contact all animal shelters and council pounds – even the ones outside your area. Sometimes animals wander far from home or are delivered by members of the public to facilities in other areas.
- Visit pounds and shelters in person – you may be the only one who can accurately identify your animal. - Contact local vets in your area in case your pet has been injured or to see if someone’s left details about your animal.
- Keep recent, good quality photos of your pet – include photos and a detailed description when distributing flyers or posting signs around your neighbourhood.
- If you’ve recently moved, check your old home regularly and ask neighbours to keep an eye out.

If your pet is taken to a pound, it will be held for seven days if found to be without any traceable identification. Animals with scannable microchips or other forms of traceable identification are only held for 14 days. So it’s imperative that people start looking for their animals as soon as they go missing.

“We try to keep animals as comfortable and happy as possible while they’re with us,” said Mr Meyers. “But the longer they’re away from home, the more stressed they become.”

The RSPCA encourages people to visit impound facilities and shelters regularly and check each cage very carefully. Often pets are difficult to recognise when frightened and huddled in a corner, particularly if they’ve been missing a long time, have lost weight or haven’t been groomed recently.

“We’re asking anyone who’s lost an animal to visit our Shelter urgently. We want as many animals as possible to be reunited with their owners.”

NSW COALITION COMMITS $7.5 MILLION TO RSPCA


NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell pledged a commitment of $7.5 million today to help fund the long-overdue rebuild of RSPCA NSW’s Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.

This promise came after Mr O’Farrell toured the Sydney Shelter alongside RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman, Sydney Shelter staff and RSPCA NSW Ambassador Jodhi Meares. Mr O’Farrell witnessed the dilapidated state of the 40-year-old shelter firsthand – he saw the water-damaged ceilings, the tarp-covered roof and the crowded operating theatre. He recognised that without this monetary support, the Sydney Shelter might not be able to keep its doors open.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals value the role of the RSPCA in providing care and protection for all creatures in NSW and we’re determined to see their Yagoona facility stay open,” said Mr O’Farrell.

RSPCA NSW receives less than 1.5% of its $35 million operating budget from the government, and relies heavily on community support and fundraising initiatives.

“We’ve been lobbying the government since 2008 for a one-off funding allocation to help fund the rebuild,” said Mr Coleman. “But we’ve been met with silence up until now.”

“This is the first time that any political party has committed funds of this magnitude to the RSPCA and we all have reason to celebrate today,” said Mr Coleman.

If the NSW Liberals and Nationals are elected on March 26th, the $7.5 million commitment will help fund a state of the art veterinary clinic, education centre, community pet-friendly park, rehabilitation centre and holding facility for animals involved in Inspector cases.

“This funding will not only allow RSPCA NSW to continue to operate in the short term, but also to grow its services over time,” said Mr O’Farrell.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Are you a Port Stephens or Port Macquarie resident?


After being contacted by concerned residents, RSPCA NSW recently contacted Port Stephens and Port Macquarie to ask them to ban circuses with exotic animals. We’ve yet to hear back from either council. Are you a resident in these areas? Are you concerned about circuses with exotic animals appearing in your area? Email: Council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au or council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au Animals can’t vote. Animal Lovers can. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today by going to the Animal Lovers tab (left menu) and getting your friends to like this page!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Paris, New York, Milan, DGG



RSPCA NSW corporate partners Doggone Gorgeous have come up with some fabulous new lines of doggie clothing, modeled by our very own gorgeous adoption dogs from our RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Shelter! Visit http://www.doggonegorgeous.com.au/ to view their full range of clothing and products. A percentage of sales from DGG products come to the RSPCA!

To enquire about adopting any of the adorable four legged models in this photoshoot, please call 02 9770 7555.

UPDATE: Cinnamon and Sarang have been adopted out to their fur-ever homes. Good luck guys :)

The Daily Telegraph says “Time to end this exotic farce” – do you agree?


40 councils across NSW have taken the common sense approach and have banned circuses with exotic animals. We need your help to make this a state-wide ban. Please visit politicalanimal.org.au and download the petition to ban exotic circuses in NSW. The more signatures we get, the higher the chance of a state-wide ban! -- Animals can’t vote. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today and adding an Animal Lovers twibbon to it through the “Animal Lovers” link on left menu of this page! You can also help spread the word by getting your friends to LIKE this facebook page - the more animal lovers we have, the more we can show our government that animals and animal welfare should be on their list of priorities!

Nomads dig deep


The Nomads Golf Club started in South Africa in 1960 with a small core group of businessmen who shared an appreciation for golf and wanted to give back to the community through fundraising. Since that time, club membership has spread to include chapters in various parts of the world including Australia. In 2010, Nomads Sydney selected RSPCA NSW to be their charity of choice at a golfing event held at the Long Reef Golf Club. It was a wonderful day with teams competed throughout the day on and off the course. At dinner, prizes were awarded to the best players on the day. Raffles and auctions were also held to raise funds for the RSPCA. RSPCA CEO Steve Coleman spoke of the importance of community support and thanked the Nomads Sydney club members for their generous commitment to the animals of NSW. The event raised $25,500 for the RSPCA. RSPCA would like to thank Event Organiser, Steve Betts and Nomads for this remarkable donation.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Circus life falls short of animal welfare standards!


A LION sits looking forlorn in a cage while its companions pace up and down, menaced by dogs teasing them outside their enclosure.

In another cage a monkey chews on a bit of grass it picked up through the bars.

But in eight hours it will be showtime and these animals will be centre stage as one of the main attractions.

These lions are the opening act at Stardust Circus - one of the few circuses in Australia to use exotic animals.

The RSPCA is calling for a state-wide ban on exotic animals in circuses and wants to make its campaign an election issue. The RSPCA's concerns are not directed at the treatment of the animals, which meet the requirements of the National Circus Standards, but against all use of lions and monkeys in circuses because the requirements of circus life are not compatible with the physiological, social and behavioural needs of these sorts of animals.

Our concerns are not directed at the treatment of these animals by individual keepers. For the most part, when RSPCA inspectors visit circuses and inspect their animals against the requirements of the National Circus Standards or their State/Territory equivalent, they are satisfied with the level of compliance with those standards that they are able to assess during an inspection.

The RSPCA's policy is based on the fact that no circus, no matter how well managed, can provide an appropriate environment for wild animals.

For more information, please visit our http://www.politicalanimal.org.au/ website.

Circus life cannot meet the needs of exotic animals.


Do you want to see an end to exotic animal performances in circuses? The RSPCA is firmly against all use of exotic animals (such as lions and monkeys) in circuses because the requirements of circus life are not compatible with the physiological, social and behavioural needs of these animals. Performing circus animals are kept for prolonged periods in close confinement, in artificial social groups and are continually being transported between circus venues for the duration of their performing lives. All for the purpose of entertainment. The life of a circus animal leads to stress, boredom and often results in abnormal behaviours or ‘stereotypies’, such as repetitive pacing or swaying.

Head to politicalanimal.org.au for more information and use this website to contact your local MP. Animals can’t vote. Animal lovers can. Please support our campaign by changing your profile pic to your pet today and adding an Animal Lovers twibbon to it through the “Animal Lovers” link on left menu of this page! You can also help spread the word by getting your friends to LIKE this facebook page - the more animal lovers we have, the more we can show our government that animals and animal welfare should be on their list of priorities!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Animal can't vote - You can!


Animals can’t vote. Animal lovers can. Please help us get animal welfare issues on the political agenda. The bigger the voice, the more chance we have of getting politicians to sit up and listen. Change your facebook profile pic to your pet today and add our Animal Lovers twibbon – just click on the Animal Lovers link on left menu of this facebook page to upload your photo today. Please spread the word about our campaign by getting your friends to LIKE this facebook page – the more animal lovers we have, the more we can show our government that animals and animal welfare should be on their list of priorities!

RSPCA Education take it on the road!

The RSPCA Education Team @ the Inverell Agricultural Show
Last month Zoe, Eva and Stephanie from the RSPCA Education Team travelled to Inverell NSW, to participate in the annual Inverell Show. The Education Team travelled in style; an iLoad van kindly donated by Hyundai and covered in artwork supplied by the students of Boorowa Central School. The Education Van was a big hit at the show, even taking place in the show’s annual grand parade!

Alongside the Inverell Branch, the Education team assisted with raising awareness about RSPCA and educating the many schools in attendance about dog safety and responsible pet ownership. The Inverell show provided a great opportunity for the community to access information about RSPCA and help raise funds for the local Inverell Branch. Following the show, the Education team visited local primary and high schools in Inverell, Gum Flat, Deepwater and Emmaville, to deliver a variety of education programs. They look forward to visiting Inverell again next year!

The RSPCA's Education Program offers interactive programs for early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools, community and social groups, designed to develop empathy for all living things.

Great work guys! More photos of their trip can be found at our Facebook page here.

For more information about Education, or to book a visit from an Education Officer, please contact us:

P: 02 9782 4477
E: education@rspcansw.org.au

Friday, March 4, 2011

Desperate last bid to save RSPCA Sydney Shelter


The largest animal shelter in the Southern Hemisphere, the RSPCA Sydney Shelter at Yagoona, is in danger of closing due to a lack of support from the NSW Government. Despite managing crucial community services – services that heavily lift the burden off local government – the RSPCA has never received significant funding from the government. In fact, of its $35 million dollar annual costs, the RSPCA receives $424,000 from the government, that’s less than 1.4% of its operating budget. The shortfall is made up through fundraising initiatives and support from the community.

Despite being overlooked by the government, the RSPCA still manages to assist over 50,000 animals in NSW each year. It operates 12 shelters, 4 vet hospitals and runs the RSPCA NSW Inspectorate that enforces the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act on behalf of the NSW government. The charity also runs community aid programs that assist the socially isolated and disadvantaged.

Since 2008, the RSPCA has been lobbying for a one-off funding allocation to assist with the rebuild of the Sydney Shelter. This lobbying included a grass roots postcard campaign that garnered over 7,000 signatures of support. But still the government has remained silent.

“We’re at our wits end,” said RSPCA NSW CEO, Steve Coleman. “We have been in consultation with the government for years to provide this one-off allocation of funds. I would hate to think that it will take a forced withdrawal of animal welfare services to the Sydney area for the government to realise exactly how imperative our operation is.”

Should the Sydney Shelter be forced to close, the result will be increased pressure on the other smaller RSPCA regional centres which do not have the facilities to cope with the increased demand, and ultimately, it would mean service withdrawal. In the absence of the RSPCA, local government would be forced to take on responsibility for funding and implementing animal welfare services in communities.

“We take on so much of what is actually local government responsibilities including the collection of injured strays, the rescue of animals in distress and the care of surrendered animals at the shelters. We do this because we’re the RSPCA and we can’t see animals suffer or turn them away,” said Mr Coleman.

“We do this at no cost to the councils who take it for granted that we will assist. But imagine if we weren’t around. Who would pick up the slack and do it free of charge? I know from my conversations with the Local Government Association that councils have very limited ability to take on this additional service delivery.”

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Animal Cruelty Hearing - Waverley Local Court

Photo taken on day of seizure - 1 October 2010
A local Maroubra man failed to appear at Waverley Local Court yesterday, 2 March 2011.

Following an ex parte hearing he was found guilty of failing to provide veterinary treatment to his Staffordshire Terrier dog.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report of a dog with a worsening skin condition on 1 October 2010. She found the female dog in urgent need of veterinary treatment and seized the dog for examination. The dog was diagnosed with severe demodectic mange involving the neck, chest, muzzle and hind legs. The skin around both her eyes was inflamed and the dog's neck and muzzle were bleeding from her inflamed and infected skin. The veterinarian noted that the dog had been in need of treatment for at least 30 days. The man surrendered the dog to the RSPCA's care on 22 October 2010.

The Magistrate fined the man $3,000 and ordered him to pay $79 Court costs and $1,143.28 veterinary/boarding costs. The man has also been prohibited from owning animals for two years.

The dog recovered following treatment to eradicate the mange infestation and antibiotics to control the secondary skin infections. She has since been re-homed.

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

RSPCA NSW WARNS OF DEADLY PARVOVIRUS



Nine-year-old Angus still requires annual vaccinations to protect him against deadly parvo
Angus is available for adoption at RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.
  Four dogs have been diagnosed with the deadly parvovirus in one day, and RSPCA NSW veterinarians expect to see an influx of cases reported over the coming days. As such, RSPCA vets state-wide are urging dog owners to vaccinate their pets against this highly contagious infection before it’s too late.

“Summer’s over, but the hot weather hasn’t let up yet, and we often see outbreaks of parvovirus in warm, humid conditions,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad.

Parvovirus (often referred to as parvo) is a viral infection that affects young puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. The disease can survive up to a year in the environment and can be contracted through direct or indirect contact with infected dog faeces. Even if dogs don’t come in direct contact with an infected dog, they can still contract the virus through contaminated objects – shoes, clothes, even the ground.

Symptoms may include loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting and profuse, bloody diarrhoea which can quickly lead to dehydration. If left untreated, severe shock and subsequent death can occur within a 24-hour period.

The only way to protect your dog against this deadly disease is through preventive vaccination. “It’s imperative to vaccinate all dogs and puppies from parvovirus, with the first vaccination occurring at 6-8 weeks of age,” said Dr Awad. “Because the virus is so contagious, we recommend restricting puppies from public outdoor areas or mixing with unvaccinated dogs until the entire series of puppy vaccinations is complete.” From then, dogs require regular vaccinations for the rest of their lives.

If you adopt a dog and are unsure of its vaccination history, speak with your veterinarian, as unvaccinated dogs of any age can contract parvovirus. Pet owners can also take their dogs to RSPCA Veterinary Hospitals located in Sydney, Rutherford, Tighes Hill, Broken Hill and the RSPCA Care Centre in Rouse Hill for veterinary advice and vaccinations.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Adopt a Pet Profile: Monkey, Alaskan Malamute X


Monkey came to the shelter with her 3 pups, the pups have now been weaned and Monkey is ready to find her new home. She is a very gentle girl and very easy going. She does have some training and will sit if you have a treat, however she is very strong on a lead and will need some extra training in this area.

Monkey is an orange dog due to her breed and it recommended that her new home be with people who have experience with Malamutes or other large breed dogs, it is also advised that she would be best suited as an only dog. She would be good with kids as she is so easy going. She will need a large yard to ensure she gets the exercise she needs.

Monkey is $300 to adopt, this includes;

Desexing, Vaccination, Heartworm test and first treatment, flea and worm treatment, health check with a vet, plus 30 days pet insurance. Additional council fees may apply.

She is available from the Nowra Shelter.

Phone (02) 4429 3410
Address 114 Flatrock Rd MUNDAMIA 2541

Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm
Sat: 9 am - 11-30 am
Sun: 9 am - 11-30 am - for reclaims only

You can view Monkey and all her mates at the adopt-a-pet website.