Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I choo, choo, choose you RSPCA NSW!
RSPCA NSW would like to wish all our supporters a very happy Valentines Day and hope everyone’s sweet hearts are spoiled rotten. It’s a day dedicated to showing someone how much you love them; either with a small or grand gesture, through words or with gifts. To which, RSPCA NSW would like to remind the public that if you are considering giving the gift of a companion animal this Valentine’s Day that they consider the consequences and responsibilities that come with caring for and raising a Dog, Cat, Pocket Pet etc etc.
Giving a companion animal is an amazing gift that can put a smile on anyone’s face. At RSPCA Shelters across New South Wales there are plenty of homeless fur children waiting for their right ‘hooman’ to adopt them. But, perhaps before you present your betrothed with an animal decked out with a heart shaped bow around its neck, ask yourself these questions. Will the new puppy/kitten owner have the time, ability and funds to care for the animal over the next 5, 10 to 20 years? Is their current space better suited for a Terrier (small dog) or Malamute (big dog)? Do they already have a fenced yard? Please review our checklist HERE to learn what considerations you should make prior to adopting an animal from the RSPCA if giving as a gift.
So if given the choice this Valentine’s Day, please go with a box of chocolates instead. Or perhaps a gift certificate. Maybe a soft toy…:P
Fast facts and figures:
No of animals abandoned(doorstop) in 2011: 1052
In 2011 we cared for: 44,187 animals
No of cruelty cases reported: 22,692
Average annual cost of keeping a dog: about $1000-$1500 a year
Average time/ commitment: Dogs and cats live to average age of 12 years but some can live up to 20 years.