Friday, December 28, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Snowie, West Highland Terrier X



Hi! My name is Franklin, and this is my friend Snowie. He's a West Highland Terrier X with a smile that puts Ryan Gosling to shame ;)

It would make my 2012 if Snowie could find a home to call his own. See, he's been at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter for a few weeks now and I'm worried that he may have been overlooked by some of my other friends.

Snowie moves like the wind blows! And if you in any way resemble a tennis ball - my heart goes out to you. This little man could go out for the Jamaican Olympic running team and still be home in time to smoke me a kipper for breakfast. What a guy!

If you want a guy that will put a little love in your heart, then you can find and adopt Snowie from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View his Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Caturday; Winnie, Female, Domestic Short Hair Crossbreed

 

Hi there! My name is Winnie and... oh my gosh TOY TOY TOY! Sorry got distracted by an amazing toy!

I really love my toys. Every morning I wake up and search around my bed for my favorite toy to play with. I guess you could say I'm a pretty active girl, as I am always playing with toys and exploring my digs to find new places to hang out.

I also love all my human friends. Anytime someone visits me at the shelter, I jump up looking for a pat and cuddle. I always return the favor with lots of purrs and smoochy head bumps. The only thing I ask in return is a weekly brush to keep my coat looking healthy.

If you need a little lady to chase pieces of string, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Friday, December 21, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Pippa, Female, Australia Kelpie



Hi! My name is Franklin, and this is my friend Pippa the Australian Kelpie.

I really want Pippa to find her fur-ever home. She was at the Dubbo RSPCA Shelter for a bit, and has now come down to Sydney Shelter to try and find a family.

She is a super active dog! She can definitely run circles around me, and she absolutely loves to play with toys. I bet a family that loves all of that mucking around and going on long daily walks would absolutely love her being a part of their lives. She loves running around with other dogs too, but all that running around can scare pocket pets, so I don't think her new home should have any of those.

If you want a girl that will love you with all her heart, then you can find and adopt Pippa from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View his Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Caturday: Jazz, Female, Domestic Short Hair





Meow! My name is Jazz and I am looking for love in the crowd.

I've been at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter for a while, and really really want to find my fur-ever home. Everyone I've meet at the shelter absolutely loves me and my sweet nature, but nobody has taken me home yet. I'm a pretty quiet girl, but I absolutely love people, which I show with lots of purrs.

I don't like being picked up, but I do love to rub up against your leg to show you how much I love you. I have a short coat but need a brush, which I love heaps and heaps.

If you want a sweet natured lady in your life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Friday, December 14, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Ralph, Male, Labrador Retriever



Hiya! My name is Franklin and this is my friend, Ralph the Labrador.

You couldn't ask for a better friend really! He is so super nice and friendly, and always greets you with a smile and a waggly tail. Whenever another dog or a staff member walks past him, he instantly jumps up and says hi.

Although Ralph and I were friends at the shelter, he will need to meet any future doggy friends that you may have already adopted. He also needs a backyard that is secure with a fence, as I think he can follow his nose sometimes and not realise he may have left his yard and family.

If you want a big goofy grin greeting you every morning, then you can find and adopt Ralph from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View his Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

RSPCA cats call out for a cosy Christmas


RSPCA NSW today launched a special adoption drive to help rehome adult cats in its care before Christmas. After the overwhelming success of its last cat adoption drive back in February, where over 500 cats were rehomed, RSPCA NSW is halving the adoption fee of all adult cats 12 months and over for two weekends only, from the 14 - 16 December and 21 - 23 December 2012 in all its Shelters and Care Centres and participating Petbarn locations.

With cat breeding season well and truly here, the RSPCA is already seeing an influx cats and kittens being brought into its care.  Most people aren’t aware that cats have 4 to 5 kittens per litter and sometimes up to 9! They may have litters up to 3 times a year and can begin reproducing from 4 months of age. The RSPCA received more than a quarter of a million unwanted or abandoned cats and kittens over the past five years and the problem is literally multiplying.

This adoption drive by RSPCA NSW hopes to find a forever homes for as many mature moggies in our care as possible.

Adult cats are a good choice for homes that aren't ready to go through the training that a kitten requires. They are a little more laid back and more prone to favouring a lap or blanket, rather than running around the house looking for trouble. RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter in Yagoona has reached capacity with these mature moggies as have many of our regional shelters and so we urge people considering pet adoption to visit the RSPCA to find their new feline friend.

Those who adopt from the RSPCA will be adopting a healthy new family member with all cats being vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flead, and most importantly, take home a desexed cat that won't be contributing to the exploding population of cats in our community.

The RSPCA reminds people that pets are a long-term commitment and should be a considered decision, not an impulse buy. For those ready to take on the responsibility of a pet, please make the RSPCA your first stop. To learn more about RSPCA animals available for adoption, visit http://www.adoptapet.com.au.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Bega Local Court

 All photographs taken on day of inspection - 24 May 2012

On Tuesday 11 December, a local Bemboka woman appeared in Bega Local Court and pleaded guilty to failing to exercise reasonable care to prevent the commission of an act of cruelty to a horse located on a property in Bemboka.

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to the above property on 24 May 2012 after receiving a complaint about the horse. The mare was recumbent and unable to stand. An odour could be detected from approximately five meters away and upon closer inspection she had a blackened, weeping wound near the abdomen forward of the hind legs. The mare was also severely emaciated with bones from her pelvis, backbone, ribs, skull, neck, legs and chest protruding clearly against her skin.

The Inspector arranged for a veterinarian to attend at which time the owner also arrived and told the Inspector that she had been away and when asked, said no-one had been looking after the horse while she was absent.

Due to the nature of her injuries, the mare had to be euthanased.

A post mortem revealed maggots infesting the entire abdominal wound and pathology tests identified that the mare was also suffering from an untreated cancer with a extensive necrosis and bacterial infection. The mare’s poor body condition was likely to have been the result of at least two weeks without care.

The woman pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment, was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $820 in veterinary costs. She was also ordered to report to the nearest police station for fingerprinting. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Goulburn Local Court

 All photographs taken on day of examination – 1 September 2010

On Tuesday 11 December, a local Gundary man appeared in court and was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty in relation to a chestnut mare located on a property in Gundary.

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to the above property on 1 September, 2010 and inspected a mare located on the property. The mare was in emaciated body condition, her entire skeletal frame was evident. She was also heavily infected with lice and staggered dangerously when walking.

The mare was too weak to transport so she was put into a stable complex at the property for onsite veterinary care and food.

On 3 September the horse collapsed and was unable to get up. Pain relief was administered to the mare and her condition was closely monitored. Later in the day with no signs of improvement the veterinarian in attendance euthanased the mare.

A full post mortem was conducted and revealed that the mare had heavy internal parasites burden, worn teeth and chronically ulcerated tongue. Her condition was the result of long term malnutrition and parasite burden.

The local Gundary man appeared in Goulburn Local court and entered a plea of not guilty. Following hearing of the matter the man was found guilty of all charges. For the aggravated cruely charge he was placed on a 2 year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $117,609.28 for veterinary and professional costs. The remaining charges were dealt with by way of section 10A of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 and no further penalty was imposed.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Franklins Friends: Elle, Female, Greyhound



Hi there! My name is Franklin and this is my friend Elle.

Elle is social and friendly just like me and absolutely adores the company of other 'hoomans'. Is that you? Or somebody you may know?

If you want to be that family and give my friend Elle a fresh start, then you can find and adopt her from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View his Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Biskit, Female, Domestic Medium Hair



My name is Franklin, and the RSPCA has helped me so much, that I want to help them find homes for all my fluffy friends in their care.

This is my friend Biskit, and she has been looking for a new home for a really long time. Her foster family in Albury love her and her smoochy kisses, but know there is a permanent family out there for her. She is living with a dog and two other cats and gets along with them really well

She is probably one of my prettiest feline friends with all that hair, although I bet it takes a lot of brushing to keep her looking fabulous. She has told me that for every brush she gets, she will give you one free head nudge and warm your lap.

If this down right amazing friend of mine sounds like a perfect match, then you can find and adopt her from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View her Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Friday, December 7, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Rocky, Male, Mastiff Cross Boxer




Hi there! My name is Franklin and this is my friend Rocky.

I know he looks bigger than me, but he is still just a pup, and an energetic one at that! He got transferred to the Sydney Shelter from Dubbo, and oh my gosh I have never seen a pup run so much. When he is out in the big play area, he looks so happy galloping around and playing. Because he is so big and full of beans, I don't think he can go home with little kids, but check with the shelter staff.

As he is still so young, he is still learning manners and how to behave. It took me forever to learn how to sit, but he was pretty quick... although that may be because he was getting treats! He's a super happy shelter mate and we love having a good bark or two together, but I think it's time he found his fur-ever family.

If you want to be that family and give my friend Rocky a fresh start, then you can find and adopt him from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View his Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Thursday, December 6, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY - Windsor Local Court


All photographs taken on day of seizure – 19 August 2012

On Wednesday 28 November, a local Windsor woman failed to appear in Windsor Local Court to face charges of failing to provide proper and sufficient food to a horse located in a vacant paddock on Windsor Road.

A RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to the property on Saturday 18 August at which time a pinto colt, a palomino mare and a dark brown foal were sighted. The mare and foal were in poor body condition, with the foal unsteady on its legs and a wound on its right hindquarter. A vet arrived, however the foal could not be safely caught and a time was made for the next day to try again.

On Sunday 19 August the RSPCA attended the paddock again, with additional resources. The mare and foal were caught and seized for their condition and the foal’s injury. Further investigations showed that the foal was not owned by the accused.

This matter was scheduled to be heard on 14 November however the accused failed to show and it was adjurned to 28 November. After failing to appear a second time the woman was convicted exparte and all costs ($83 court costs and $3301.76 vet/boarding costs) were awarded to the RSPCA.

A warrant for the woman's arrest has been issued and once carried out, any penalties and the custody of the horse will be determined at that time.



Santa Paws is coming to town!

Getting ready for Santa Paws!

You better not bark, you better not meow, you better not scratch, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town! Well ‘Santa Paws’ actually!

To celebrate the festive season, several of our shelters and branches will be offering professional Santa photos of owners with their pets.

Our pets are just as important to us during the festive period as the other members of our family so a family portrait with Santa provides the perfect way for them to be included in the season. These portraits are great for Christmas cards or as a seasonal picture update to your favourite social networking site.

Regardless of what kind of pet people bring on the day, all animals must be contained: dogs must be on leads; cats, pocket pets (rabbits and guinea pigs) and reptiles must be in carriers.

All money raised will go to RSPCA NSW.

Santa Paws portrait day details are as follows:

RSPCA Care Centre at Rouse Hill
Sat 8 Dec & Sun 9 Dec
10.00am to 3.00pm
Rouse Hill Town Centre
Windsor Rd, Rouse Hill

Call and book: 02 8883 0622
RSPCA Dubbo Shelter
Sat 8 Dec & Sun 9 Dec
10.00am to 3.00pm
Boothenba Rd Cnr Yarrandale Rd, Dubbo

Call and book: 02 8883 0622
RSPCA Illawarra Region Shelter (Unanderra)
Sun 9 Dec & Sat 15 Dec
9.00am to 3.00pm
54 Industrial Road, Unanderra

Call and book: 02 4271 3410
RSPCA Volunteer Branch – Cooma
Sun 16 Dec
9.00am onwards
Local Rotary Markets, Centennial Park, Cooma

No bookings necessary

If you don’t have a pet to be photographed with, another option is to sponsor one of RSPCA’s many Shelter animals over the busy Christmas season by making a donation to RSPCA NSW’s annual Christmas campaign. 

You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf at http://www.rspcastory.com/

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Opal, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross

 

Good morning friends. Since getting rescued from the tip and brought into the RSPCA, I've met quite a few cats. I have to say, Opal is one stand out cat, she was just so happy and loving, I just can't believe she hasn't found her fur-ever home yet.

Opal is probably one of the more smoochy cats, rubbing up against you, meowing affectionately in the morning. Although, I think it's because she loves food, possibly more than me! I saw her getting very smoochy with the shelter staff when they brought her food out. When she wasn't giving cuddles at food time, she always managed to find a spot in the sun for her morning, afternoon and evening nap. Boy! She does love her cat naps!

I hope Opal finds her fur-ever home soon, she is just too smoochy for the shelter. If you want a smoochy cat, then you can find and adopt her from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View her Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Friday, November 30, 2012

Franklin's Friends; Alex, Male, Greyhound



Hi there! My name is Franklin and while I was at the shelter I made some great friends, in particular Alex.

Alex was a great mate! I used to watch him run around the paddock, play with the toys and occasionally bark with the other dogs. Alex is really active, and absolutely loves going for walks and runs with the staff at the shelter. He did get a little excited around the small children, so I don't think his fur-ever home can have small kids.

He got along with me just fine at the shelter and would probably love to have a doggy companion in his new home. I think he would best suit a family that makes him a part of their family and keeps him nice and close. He definitely deserves lots of cuddles!

If Alex's sweet smile is melting your heart, then you can find and adopt him from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View his Adopt-A-Pet page here
________________________________________________________________________

At the RSPCA we know every animal has a story. Our job is to create a better story, a better life.

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Franklin a happier, safer Christmas.

And it’s during Christmas that marks one of the toughest times for our animals and staff alike at the shelters. Not only must we manage an influx of animals but also conditions are extraordinarily challenging. Hot days and humidity mean our animals need more attention. So all the creature comforts we can get make a world of difference to animals in our care.

Donate now

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Calling all witty people to help name our RSPCA Care Centre Cafe at Tuggerah


Are you witty? Are you creative? Are you just plain amusing that you make your friends nod their heads in appreciation?

Well RSPCA NSW needs you to dig deep into your noggins and come up with a new name for our RSPCA Care Centre Cafe at Tuggerah. We officially opened the doors in August this year, and haven’t had a proper name to put up on the doors and on the menus.We would love it if you could log onto our Facebook page and start making suggestions for the Cafe now.

We are so excited to see what suggestions you can come up with, that we will be offering prizes for the top five suggestions and a major prize for the name that is chosen. Our top five suggestions (as picked by the RSPCA) will win a Gummi Pet Products silver diamante dog collar or silver cat collar (different sizes available). The top five suggestions will then be put onto Facebook and voted on by the public, and the winner will win our major prize pack. The major prize pack includes a $100 Gift Voucher to be used at one of our RSPCA Care Centres, a 2013 Peter Alexander Calendar, a Rufus & Coco animal care pack and a Doggone Gorgeous Limited Edition dog coat.

To get involved, make suggestions on our Facebook page starting today, until 9am on Friday 30/11. The top five suggestions will be put up onto Facebook on Friday 30/11 at 12pm, with voting opened until midday on Wednesday 5/12. The winner will be announced on Thursday 6/12 at midday.

There is a witty and great name out there, and we know our supporters are the ones to help us out. So what are you waiting for? Chuck on those thinking caps and start making suggestions now!

In case you didn’t know about the cafe at the RSPCA Care Centre at Tuggerah, our products are all free range, ethically produced and locally sourced. You can also read about the Care Centres here: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/services/RSPCA_Care_Centre_Rouse_Hill

Thanks to Doggone Gorgeous Fine Pet Apparel - http://doggonegorgeous.com.au/
Thanks to Rufus & Coco - http://www.rufusandcoco.com.au/

*Offensive, hateful, abusive or rude names and slurs will not be considered and will be deleted from the Facebook page. Winners will be announced and contacted through Facebook.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Caturday; Snazzy, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Purrrr.... Hi there! My name is Snazzy, the small lady with the big heart.

I was lost and had no where warm to sleep, but a kind person found me and brought me into the shelter. I've gotten a bit of my confidence around people back, and I'm now ready to find my fur-ever home.

I am definitely a lover not a fighter, so prefer hanging out in a quiet house, purring away. I still get a little scared around loud noises and fast movements, so need a more mature house. I absolutely love my scratching post and hidey hole here at the shelter, and would love one in my new home too.

If you want a sweet little lady taking up residence next to you on your couch, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here

Friday, November 23, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY - Newtown Court

Photographs were taken on the day of seizure, 8 August 2012

A local Enmore man failed to appear in Newtown Court on 12 November and was convicted exparte on one charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment for a broken leg to a red Pomeranian puppy.

On Wednesday 1 August the puppy was taken to a vet clinic for an injury to one of its front legs by the accused. The vet confirmed that the leg was broken and that further treatment was required. The accused refused treatment and the dog was sent home on pain medication to last 24 hours. At that time the accused was advised that the dog would be in pain and legally cannot be left without treatment. The accused did not return for a follow up appointment.

On Friday 3 August an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Stanmore in relation to a complaint about the same dog. No animal was located at the address and despite several follow up calls made to the owner, he could not be contacted.

On Wednesday 8 August the RSPCA received a phone call advising that the dog was at the premises listed above. An Inspector attended immediately and seized a red female Pomeranian puppy. After failing to appear in court, the man was convicted exparte, fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $4,401.80 (veterinary treatment and boarding costs) and $83 court costs. A prohibition order for 2 years on all animals was also granted.

Custody of the puppy was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

NSW Power Deal puts ducks in the firing line

Changes to duck hunting legislation passed by the NSW Upper House yesterday will only lead to more protected and endangered species being placed at higher risk of extinction according to RSPCA NSW.

“Every year thousands of ducks, including many native species, are shot over the wetlands of Australia in this so called sport,” said Steve Coleman, CEO RSPCA NSW. “This deal with the Shooters Party effectively uses our native fauna as a $4billion environmental bargaining chip to pass privatisation legislation with the support of minor parties.

“This new legislation is a step backwards and has the potential to put an end to what has effectively been a twenty year ban on duck hunting when we have been trying to move in the other direction,” Coleman added.

The RSPCA opposes the hunting of ducks because of the high level of cruelty involved. Some of these ducks will be killed outright. Some will be wounded, brought down and killed on retrieval. Many others will be crippled or wounded and will die within a few hours or days. Some will suffer prolonged pain before they die, in fact some studies have estimated that up to six ducks are crippled for every ten ducks bagged.

The RSPCA believes that recreational duck hunting should be banned in all Australian States and Territories.

If you disagree with this change to duck hunting law in NSW, the RSCPA encourages you to write to your State MP expressing your views.

Friday Find-A-Friend; Marita, Male, Japanese Spitz


Hi there chaps! My name's Marita and it's absolutely fantastic to meet you!

Like most people, you have probably noticed I've only got one eye. I came into the shelter with a really sore eye, and sadly had to have it removed. But I haven't let it hold me back at all; I'm running around and playing just like all the other pups!

I'm still a rather bouncy, fluffy, happy little boy, and I'm just looking for a family to take me in and give me lots of cuddles. I absolutely adore my friends at the shelter here, and have gotten along with most of the other dogs. If you have a four legged friend roaming your house already, we just need to meet to make sure we can be friends forever.

If you have it in your hearts to take in a pup with a small disability but a giant loving heart, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Raymond Terrace Local Court

 One of the eight horses seized on 16 August 2012

A local Medowie man appeared in Raymond Terrace Local court on Tuesday 20 November and pleaded guilty to the charge of failure to provide proper and sufficient food in relation to a total of eight horses.

On Thursday 16 August, 2012, RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in Medowie in response to a complaint about several skinny horses. Inspectors found ten horses on the property, eight of which were deemed by Inspectors to be in poor body condition. A horse transporter was called and eight of the animals were taken to the RSPCA Shelter in Rutherford for immediate veterinary examination.

On Friday 24 August, RSPCA Inspectors conducted a formal interview with the owner at the conclusion of which he surrended four of the horses to the RSPCA.

The owner was fined and pleaded guilty to failing to provide proper and sufficient food in relation to all eight horses. He was fined $1,100 and placed on a two year Section 9 Good Behaviour Bond. He was further ordered to pay $7,887.70 in costs (veterinary treatment and boarding costs). A moiety of the fine was awarded to the RSPCA. Custody of the four remaining horses was awarded to the RSPCA.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Honey, Female, Australian Cattledog cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Rawf! Hiya! I'm Honey the Cattledog cross Staffy, and I'm super happy to meet you!

I've traveled all the way from the country to the Sydney Shelter with hopes of finding my fur-ever home. Being a country gal, I've got plenty of energy and will need a family that has the energy to match. If you've had a country dogs dusty paws run through your house before, you will know exactly what I mean when I say energy.

I would absolutely adore living with a fellow fur-baby, and love most dogs that I meet. I love playing and running all crazy like around the yard with my fellow shelter mates. I also love hanging out indoors; to be part of the family and to be near my humans is my idea of bliss.

If you like the idea of a country gal running around your yard, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here

RSPCA Creature Comforts Christmas Appeal

Creating a better story and a better life for animals this Christmas

With Christmas exactly five weeks away, the RSCPA is making preparations for its busiest time of the year. With thousands of additional animals expected to be cared for in NSW alone, the RSPCA is calling for support for its Christmas appeal – Creature Comforts.

Christmas is often the toughest time for animals and staff at RSPCA Shelters. The influx of additional animals combined with heat and humidity mean that animals need more attention and more ‘creature comforts.’ A donation to the RSPCA at this critical time of year helps raise funds to ensure the thousands of sick, injured and abandoned animals in its care enjoy a safe and cruelty-free Christmas.

“Every animal that comes into our care has a unique story,” said Steve Coleman, CEO RSPCA NSW. “Our job is to create a better story for all the animals in our care and ultimately a better life,” Coleman added.

This year’s campaign is fronted by ‘Franklin’ (pictured opposite) who tells his own story of finding his way into the care of the RSPCA and fortunately, his fur-ever home and loving new family. Franklin’s story isn’t unique, in fact it is all too common at RSPCA Shelters around the country.

To support one of RSPCA’s many Shelter animals over the busy Christmas season by making a donation to its annual Christmas campaign simply visit: http://www.rspcastory.com

You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf, which makes a great Christmas gift.

Monday, November 19, 2012

RSPCA NSW Indigenous Animal Health Program returns to Wilcannia

RSPCA NSW’s Indigenous Community Companion Animal Health Program will be returning to Wilcannia and Menindee this week and will be offering free animal desexing and health checks. The program aims to improve the health and welfare of animals in  regional and remote  Aboriginal communities  that may not otherwise be able to easily access veterinary services.

The program will be in Menindee on the 20 November and Wilcannia on the 21st and 22nd of November.

“We are looking forward to returning to Wilcannia and Menindee following the great response to the program when we visited earlier this year,” said Dr. Ann-Margaret Whiters, RSPCA NSW Veterinarian. “Once again we encourage members of the local Aboriginal community to bring their dogs to our pop-up pet hospital and utilise this free service,” Whiters added.

Free services provided include vaccinations, health checks, microchipping, surgical or chemical desexing, treatment for fleas, worms, ticks, mange and other parasites, as well as practical pet care advice and education.

The RSPCA Animal Health program  is offered to communities free of charge.  This program is  funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) in conjunction with the Closing the Gap strategy to improve the lives of  Indigenous  Australians. The government recognises  the importance of dogs in Aboriginal communities and their impact on community health and safety.

The program has helped many communities throughout NSW with the assistance of NSW Health. Some of the areas they have visited in the past include; Boggabilla, Bourke, Bowraville, Brewarrina, Collarenebri, Enngonia, Gingie, Goodooga, Ivanhoe, Jabullum, Namoi, Purfleet, Taree, Toomelah, Walgett, Walhallow, Weilmoringle and Wilcannia, and Menindee.

RSPCA NSW Education Team to greet Gunnedah students

Opportunity for local schools to learn about practical pet care

This week RSPCA NSW’s mobile education team will be dropping into Gunnedah to visit local schools and speak with students about the importance of desexing and microchipping and responsible pet ownership.

These visits are planned with the support of Gunnedah Shire Council with the goal of raising awareness about animal welfare issues including: responsible pet ownership; the importance of desexing; laws surrounding animal cruelty; and the humane treatment of animals.  The education team will also speak about ways to get involved with RSPCA initiatives in the local community.

“We really love getting out on the road and visiting schools and providing support to local RSPCA Volunteer Branches and community groups,” said Stephanie Sok, RSPCA NSW Education Officer. “The education program is very flexible and can be tailored to both primary and secondary school audiences so we encourage any interested schools to contact us to book a visit,” Sok added.

The RSPCA NSW education team is already booked for a session at Gunnedah Public School on Wednesday 21 November and Tambar Springs Public School on Thursday 22 November.

Primary and secondary schools in the Gunnedah area who would like a visit from RSPCA NSW’s education team next week are encouraged to call Stephanie on 0421 489 109 or email education@rspcansw.org.au to make a booking.

Rocking around The Giving Tree!

 Pop-up trees in Petbarn stores help RSPCA NSW provide animals a Merry Christmas

RSPCA would like to thank its partner Petbarn, who this week launched its annual Christmas Giving Tree Promotion. Proceeds from the Giving Tree are donated to the RSPCA to help assist animals in its care over the busy Christmas period and year ahead.

The initiative this year allows Petbarn customers to purchase double sided ornaments for $3, $5 or $10. They are then invited to write a message and hang one ornament on the Giving Tree in-store and the other to take home for decoration on their own tree. 

“RSPCA NSW is extremely appreciative of the support of Petbarn customers who financially contribute to the Petbarn Christmas Giving Tree. As a not for profit organisation that relies on the generosity of the Australian community, these donations from animal-loving Petbarn customers will go a long way in helping the ongoing work of the RSPCA,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.

“We’re really excited to be organising this initiative once again making it the fifth year of supporting the RSPCA. Last year the level of commitment shown by both the public and was immense, resulting in a total of $142,953 raised for the RSPCA. This year we’re confident that with the enthusiasm of our store staff and generosity from the public we’ll beat last year’s total with our target set to raise $180,000,” said Petbarn PR Manager Gail McWhinnie.

The Petbarn Christmas Giving Tree Promotion will run until 24th December with the funds raised presented to the RSPCA early in the New Year.

To locate your nearest store visit: www.petbarn.com.au

Dispelling common fallacies about flying foxes


A juvenile flying fox sprayed with spray paint, which later died of paint inhalation

Over the last few weeks RSPCA NSW has received several reports of cruelty involving flying foxes. Unbeknownst to most, flying foxes are native to mainland Australia and not pests. They are fruit-eating flying mammals, similar to bats, which live in large colonies or camps, often in close proximity to people. Flying foxes are also classified as a vulnerable species.

Flying foxes will commonly injure themselves on high-voltage power lines, sometimes with young attached. After falling to the ground, the young can will continue to cling to its mother, often for days, until discovered by predators, humans or rescued.

Recently reports made to RSPCA NSW detail incidences of cruelty to young flying foxes by people discovering them after injuries with overhead power lines. These incidences were reported in Strathfield and Granville. In one incident, shown above, a juvenile flying fox was sprayed with spray paint and died as a result of paint inhalation.

“Many people are not aware that flying foxes are native to Australia, in fact the Grey Headed Flying-fox is listed as 'vulnerable' under the threatened Species Conservation Act,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy. “The RSPCA does not condone cruelty to any animals, including flying fox and bats. Residents that are impacted by flying foxes are encouraged to refer to the Environment and Heritage website for advice and guidelines regarding the netting of garden fruit trees. Inappropriate netting practices can lead to animals such as flying-foxes and birds becoming entangled, injured or killed,” OShannessy concluded.

If you come across a sick or injured flying fox or any bat, it is essential that you DO NOT HANDLE THE ANIMAL. Report it by contacting WIRES on 1300 094 737 or Sydney Wildlife on 02 9413 4300.

RSPCA NSW Calls for Rodeos to be Bucked

RSCPA NSW has today reiterated its call for a country-wide ban on rodeos following an exposé on ABC TV’s 7.30 Report last Wednesday that highlighted the significant injury, distress and even death that can be caused to participating animals. This call comes just weeks after a rodeo organised by Lugarno Lions Club at its annual Spring Fair was met with protestors calling for the banning of the activity. Approximately 30 protestors turned up at Gannons Park, Peakhurst recently to demonstrate against the cruel use of animals and this outdated form of entertainment.

RSPCA CEO Steve Coleman commented saying, “The RSPCA is opposed to rodeos because of the potential for significant injury, suffering, distress or even death to the animals involved. The use of devices such as flank straps, spurs and electric prodders to encourage the animal to buck and react can cause significant pain and suffering to the animal.

 “With bans on rodeos currently in place in other states of Australia — and other countries around the world — due to the recognised cruelty inherent with the sport, it’s time for a country-wide ban on the activity,”  Coleman added.

Whilst rodeos continue to be permitted, The RSPCA NSW advocates and regulates, to ensure compliance with the NSW Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals used in Rodeo Events.

RSPCA NSW ‘CAWS’ kicks off in Bathurst

RSPCA NSW, in conjunction with local Bathurst veterinarians, has this week commenced its second annual Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) for the year. The scheme offers reduced-rate veterinary services to pensioners and lower income earners. CAWS will be available to local residents through to Friday 23 November, 2012.

“This is a really popular program here in the Bathurst community and one that really helps those who might otherwise have difficulty covering the costs of caring for their pets,”said Dr Ewald Jooste, Stewart Street Veterinarian Hospital. “This program makes for both healthier pets and happier owners,” Dr. Jooste added.

CAWS has been held in Bathurst since 2004 and is supported by Bathurst Regional Council (BRC) and five of the town’s veterinary practices – Bathurst Vet Hospital, Stewart Street Vet Hospital, Dr Tom’s Vet Practice, Durham Street Vet Clinic and Paws and Claws  Mobile Veterinary Service. Services offered include permanent surgical desexing and microchipping  and vaccination for dogs.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have had the ongoing and passionate support of both the Bathurst Regional Council and the local participating veterinarians,” said Dr. Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW. “This contact with local vets continues to build a culture of care and responsible pet ownership in Bathurst and make a difference to people with living with animals in regional communities,” Withers added.

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.

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
Claws and Paws Mobile Veterinary Services: 6332 9096

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Caturday: Marie, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Purrrr... Good Meowning! My name is Marie the magnificent! Ok, it’s just Marie but once you meet me, I’m sure you will agree I am quite magnificent.

I am looking for a loving family that is after a sweet and soft white cat. I’ve had a bit of a rough start to life, so hopefully there is a quiet and gentle family out there for me. I would prefer a house with adults or older children, as I can be shy around loud noises and fast movements.

I tend to hide a bit when I am worried, so a scratching post with a hidey hole would be wonderful. I love to play as well, those chasey toys or fluffy balls are the bees knees! If there is another fine feline in your house, we should get along; we just need time to get to know each other first.

If you want a magnificent white cat, look no further then me! You can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Ralph, Male, Labrador Retriever


Roof! If you have Facebook, you may remember seeing my smiling face last week. My name's Ralph, and I don't think I've ever stopped smiling.

I really love all the humans that I've met. I love when they pat me, give me a scratch behind the ears and play games with me all day. I sometimes can get a little excited when playing, so just need to be reminded to play a little more gently. I think my excitement can be a little much for the little kids, so need to meet the whole family before I can go home with you.

I also love other dogs, and love it when I get to rumble with them at the dog park. I like going for a walk every day, and a regular wash and bath to keep me looking my best. If you have had Labradors before, or done a little research into my heritage, then I reckon we will get along just fine.

If you want this beautiful smile in your life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

RSPCA Care Centres ready to snap your Santa pics

Get yourself a professional Christmas portrait with your pet! Perfect for Facebook!

You better not bark, you better not meow, you better not scratch, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town! Well ‘Santa Paws’ actually!

To celebrate the festive season Hunter RSPCA and Dog Overboard will be offering professional photographs of owners and their pets with Santa.

“Our pets are just as important to us during the festive period as the other members of our family so a family portrait with Santa provides the perfect way for them to be included in the season,” said Sammi Shanahan, Hunter RSPCA Shelter Manager. “These portraits are great for Christmas cards or as a seasonal picture update to your favourite social networking site,” Shanahan concluded.

Regardless of what kind of pet people bring on the day, all animals must be contained: dogs must be on leads; cats, pocket pets (rabbits and guinea pigs) and reptiles must be in carriers.

Photographs start at $7 and pets will also receive a free gift from Santa.  All money raised will go to RSPCA NSW.

Santa Paws portrait day details for Hunter RSPCA and Dog Overboard Adamstown are as follows:

Sat 17 Nov & Sun 18 Nov
9.00am to 4.00pm
6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford
Sat 24 Nov & Sun 25 Nov
9.00am to 4.00pm
1-10 William Street, Adamstown

Please book your Santa Paws photo session in advance by calling RSPCA Hunter on 02 4939 1555.

If you don’t have a pet to be photographed with, another option is to sponsor one of RSPCA’s many Shelter animals over the busy Christmas season by making a donation to RSPCA NSW’s annual Christmas campaign. 

You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf at: http://www.rspcastory.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Marcus, Male, Mastiff Cross


Hurro! My name's Marcus. I'm just a puppy and I hope there is a family out there who will come meet me at the shelter soon, and take me home.

I've definitely got plenty of energy, and I'm hoping there is a family out there that can keep up with me. It may just be puppy energy, but I need to play with my family and go on 1 to 2 walks a day to get rid of this extra energy. I also need to learn a few manners. The staff here have been very patient with me, and I am learning jumping up on people is not very polite.

I love children and other dogs, but sometimes I forget to play gently at first. I'll need to meet the whole family before I can come home, this is to make sure we will all get along and be awesome play buddies.

If you are looking for a puppy addition to your family, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here