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

ANIMAL CRUELTY OFFENCES – RAYMOND TERRACE LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken on day of seizure 13 December 2010

A local Girvan woman appeared at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Tuesday 9 August 2011, for hearing of animal cruelty charges. The woman had earlier pleaded not guilty to two offences, namely failure to provide proper and sufficient food and failure to provide veterinary treatment to her horse.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report about the horse on 22 October 2010. She found the bay mare in poor body condition with prominent ribs, shoulders, spine and withers. The mare's foal was approximately three weeks old. Both horses were seized by Inspectors on 13 December 2010 after the woman failed to comply with instructions to improve the condition of the mare. Veterinarians scored the mare's condition as emaciated and also diagnosed a heavy internal parasite burden. Within six weeks under RSPCA care, the mare had gained 84 kilograms (25% of her presenting weight). The woman surrendered the mare and foal to the RSPCA on 27 January 2011.

Following yesterday's hearing the woman was found guilty and convicted of both charges. She was fined $500 for the food charge and was convicted with no further penalty for the veterinary charge. The woman was ordered to pay $81 Court costs, $1380 veterinary/agistment costs and $4000 towards the RSPCA's legal costs (total fines $500; total costs $5,461).

Both horses have since been rehomed by the RSPCA.

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

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Find-A-Friend; Cecelia, American Staffy Cross X



I am a very friendly,social girl and am responsive and playful with people. I can get excited very easily and tend to jump up at you for attention.

I need an energetic family who can provide me lots of quality exercise and mental stimuilation. I will not do well just left alone often and may beocme anxious, please leave me with lots of toys or boredom busters if I am to be left alone for long periods. I can sit but would love to learn some more manners,use positive reinforcement like food treats for my rewards as I am very motivated by food.

I would love to be taken for a good long walk daily or 2 shorter ones if that fits in with you. Keep in mind children should always be supervised around animals, I can be jumpy with play so may accidently knock over small children. I am not comfortable when other dogs approach me so can not go home with another dog.My home should have no cats or pocket pets as I will chase and annoy them.

My yard should be totally secure and the fences should be at least 5ft high.

NO CATS OR OTHER PETS. MUST BE ONLY DOG.

You can view a video of Cecelia in action HERE and more pictures of her HERE.
Cecelia is available from the RSPCA Sydney Yagoona Shelter.

Sydney Yagoona Shelter

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

Dear Customer, please note a property check may be required before adoption to ensure the safety and welfare of our animals. Rental agreements allowing pets will be required for adoptions into rental properties.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

CHOOSE WISELY – CHOOSE CAGE FREE THIS CUPCAKE DAY


On Monday 15 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will celebrate Cupcake Day for the RSPCA. Cupcake Cooks are encouraged to Choose Wisely and use humanely farmed or RSPCA Approved eggs when baking.

The RSPCA’s Choose Wisely initiative is designed to get hens out of cages and help consumers decipher the difference between cage, barn-laid, free range and RSPCA Approved eggs.

“Labels can be downright confusing,” said RSPCA NSW Campaigns Manager Mark Bond. “Often consumers think they’re choosing humanely farmed eggs because they’re misled by the packaging.”

“A lot of schools and students register for Cupcake Day,” said RSPCA NSW Senior Education Manager Mark Jeffrey. “We try to educate students and teachers about the importance of humane farming practices and the difference it can make for the lives of hunreds of thousands of hens.”

Things to remember when choosing eggs:

Avoid buying cage eggs all together. If it doesn’t specify the production system, then unfortunately the eggs were most likely produced by hens in cages. Read labels carefully. Look for certified barn-laid, free range, organic or RSPCA Approved eggs.

“RSPCA Approved eggs are a great choice because the RSPCA regularly inspects farms to ensure our higher welfare standards are maintained,” said Mr Bond.

The RSPCA receives less than 2% of funding from the government, and relies on the community for support. “By using cage-free eggs, Cupcake Day participants can help raise vital funds for the organisation while helping to keep hens out of cages,” said Mr Jeffrey.

Register today at http://www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au/ and help the RSPCA continue their fight against animal cruelty. For more information about Choose Wisely, visit http://www.choosewisely.com.au/.