Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Hunter, Male, Staffordshire Bull Terrier X / Border Collie


Hi my name is Hunter & I'm hunting for my fur-ever home!

I am a very friendly young boy looking for an owner that is committed to my ongoing obedience training and socialisation. I know some manners already and would love to learn more. I am social with the other dogs but I can come across a little dominant when I first meet them. I will need to meet any potential doggy housemates before going home and I would benefit from ongoing socialisation practice.

As I am still young I am very active so I will require a walk a day and some interactive play time. I really love the company of people and enjoy my play time! I love my toys, especially tennis balls. Please provide me with a variety of toys, treat balls, kongs etc to keep my mind stimulated, especially when left alone.

I have shown that I would chase pocket pets, i.e. mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets etc, so I cannot go to a home with any of these. I have a short coat so I will require minimal grooming and a bath only when I am dirty. Please ensure your yard is fully secure with minimum 5 ft fencing with no holes or gaps I could squeeze through.

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Microchipping Day for non-conforming canines

The Glen Innes branch of the RSPCA, in conjunction with Glen Innes Severn Council, is holding a Microchipping Day this weekend and all dog owners who are yet to get their pet chipped are encouraged to attend.

The day will take place on Saturday, March 31 from 10am until 1.30pm, at Lions Park in East Ave. Owners can get their dog microchipped for only $20.

Although the event is for dogs only, cats can be booked in by appointment.

As it is illegal not to have your dog microchipped, the day presents the perfect opportunity for new owners or those yet to organise their pet’s microchipping.

Glen Innes RSPCA president Margaret Pennington said pet microchips are a great piece of technology.

“If a dog is microchipped and gets lost or stolen, as soon as it is scanned we can find out who the owner is,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Pennington said the RSPCA also has a number of pets waiting to be adopted.

“We have cute kittens and dogs waiting for homes,” she said.

“All dogs come microchipped, desexed, vaccinated and wormed.”

via Glen Innes Examiner

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Study Reveals Unacceptable Use of Whips in Racing

A study has just been released about the unacceptable use of whips in horse racing. The study comes from analysing race footage provided by the RSPCA that found evidence of a number of breaches of whip rules and that the padded whip does cause pain.

Published in 2012 and conducted by veterinarian and Professor Paul McGreevy at the University of Sydney, the study reignites calls for the racing industry to review the use of whips in racing. It also builds on a previous study released in 2011 which found that whipping a horse does not increase the chance of a horse finishing first, second or third and that 98% of horses were being whipped without it influencing the race outcome.

The results of this study do not offer any support for the retention of whipping in horse racing and are contrary to the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering to which the Australian Racing Board is a signatory. This International Agreement lists specific prohibitions for whip use, including using the whip on the flank. The results of the latest study indicate that Australian racing authorities are not meeting their obligations regarding this International Agreement.

The RSPCA would like to see:
  • a commitment from jockeys to adhere to the rules.
  • a commitment from the racing industry to encourage reduced reliance on whips.
  • mandatory training programs in place for jockeys to help them adapt.
  • a ‘hands and heels' series introduced into Australia.
  • an end of the use of whips as performance aids.
RSPCA calls upon the Australian Racing Board to introduce whip-free racing in Australia. The only way they are going to change the rules is if we put them under pressure. CLICK HERE and call on ARB Chief Executive Andrew Harding to review and implement whip free racing in Australia once and for all. Let us put an end to this barbaric practice.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Photograph taken on 28 April 2011

A local Duri man appeared at Tamworth Local Court in relation to animal cruelty charges on Monday 19 March 2012.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty and failure to provide veterinary treatment to two Thoroughbred horses.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report of the horses' poor condition and injuries on 28 April 2011. The Inspector located two emaciated, lame Thoroughbred mares with obvious injuries to their lower hindlegs. A veterinarian attended to urgently examine the horses.The veterinarian found one of the mares had penetrating wounds to the left hind pastern which had developed chronic sepsis with subsequent rupture of a deep tendon and subluxation of the coffin joint. This mare was humanely euthanased as the veterinarian considered her cruel to be kept alive.

The examination of the second mare confirmed a large chronic wound on the left hind cannon with maggots observed in the wound. Formal instructions were issued by the RSPCA Inspector with respect to ongoing veterinary management of this mare's wound and body condition.

The man was sentenced to six months imprisonment for aggravated cruelty to the first mare. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment for failing to provide veterinary treatment to the second mare. The Magistrate ordered that both sentences be served concurrently.

The man was also ordered to pay $81 Court costs and $1,336.57 towards the RSPCA's veterinary & associated costs.

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

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Adopt a Pet Profile: Nahbi, Female, Domestic Short Hair

Meet Nahbi! She was brought to the RSPCA when her previous owner could no longer keep her so she now needs a 'fur'-ever home! She is a very pretty and affectionate girl who would love a family to call her own for the rest of her life.

Nahbi enjoys the occasional play session so she will be happy if she was to have some toys so she can run and chase.

She doesn’t particularly enjoy the company of other cats for some reason so it is best that she is the only cat in her new home.

A scratching post is a great way for her to express natural behaviours and prevent her from doing it on the furniture. She doesn’t mind being held but she prefers to be on the ground and rub up against you.

Nahbi is a sweet girl who will make a loving companion to someone looking for an affectionate but independent cat.

Nahbi is $160 to adopt, and is desexed, vaccinated, wormed and health tested.

She is available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter.
201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona 2199

The RSPCA is open six days, closed Wednesdays, for adoptions. For more information please visit: or call (02) 9770-7555.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Campbelltown City Council and the Sydney University Faculty of Veterinary Science will team up with RSPCA NSW to launch the first stage of the Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) program in South West Sydney this week.

The program will provide an opportunity for pensioners and lower income earners living within the suburbs of Rosemeadow and Ambarvale in the Campbelltown Local Government Area to learn more about animal welfare and have their pets desexed at a reduced cost by local Sydney University veterinary students.

The first community information workshop and registration day for 2012 will be on Thursday 15 March. Only residents of Rosemeadow and Ambarvale will be eligible for the scheme, but anyone is welcome to come along and join in the day. Additional workshops and registration days will follow and be made available for other designated suburbs in the Campbelltown area.

Developed in 2004, CAWS is an RSPCA NSW program that aims to address the issue of unwanted companion animals through subsidised desexing and education workshops with the community.

RSPCA NSW veterinarian and Desexing Program Coordinator Dr Ann-Margret Withers said CAWS is strictly targeted and means-tested to ensure the pets of people who often may be unable to afford to get their pets desexed are able to access the scheme.

“It’s unlikely that these animals would be desexed otherwise, and a lot of the offspring of these dogs and cats end up in pounds as unwanted companion animals,” said Dr Withers.

Parts of Campbelltown were identified as crucial areas to successfully introduce the CAWS program in an urban area of Sydney. It will have significant benefits for Campbelltown City Council and the community, where it will be progressively rolled-out to other selected locations to address the evident problems of unwanted companion animals.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Anoulack Chanthivong, said Council was pleased to be part of a project which has been operating successfully across other regional councils.

“Along with the means-tested desexing scheme, we will also be educating the community on responsible pet ownership and promoting the importance of desexing to manage the cat and dog populations,” Cr Chanthivong said.

“Residents of Rosemeadow and Ambarvale will be the first in our city to benefit from this fantastic initiative, and the program will be progressively rolled out to other identified areas in the community.

“We anticipate that the program will significantly reduce the number of unwanted animals, impounded or surrendered, that pass through our Animal Care Facility.”

Veterinary students at the Camden campus of The University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science will conduct the surgeries under the supervision of qualified veterinarians and they will be responsible for the care of each patient. Eligible Campbelltown community members can take advantage of financially subsidised desexing and microchipping for their animals, as well as vaccinations for dogs.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science’s coordinator for CAWS , Dr Christina Dart, is looking forward to the new initiative with RSPCA NSW and the Campbelltown City Council.

"This collaborative initiative is a win-win situation," said Christina Dart. "It provides an opportunity for veterinary students to become well prepared for entering their profession. They not only learn skills but also gain an understanding of the importance that pet desexing plays for animal and community welfare."

CAWS also advocates education and public awareness. RSPCA staff, council representatives and other interest groups will speak with community members at a number of information seminars about their responsibilities as pet owners, 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.

The first registration day and community workshop for CAWS South West Sydney will be held on 15 March at 2 Mowbray Road, Rosemeadow from 1pm to 5pm.  This event will provide an opportunity for Rosemeadow and Ambarvale residents to learn more about the program and register appointments for those who qualify for the program.

For more information, email or call the Community Education Manager, Matthew French on 02 9782 4460.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Take Care of Your Pets in Storms, Floods and Other Emergencies

What happened to Summer this season? It has been practically non-existent and replaced with major storms and floods across Australia that have affected plenty of NSW residents. Whether it is rain, hail or shine - pet owners need to claim responsibilities for their animals and consider their safety in any emergency situation. The best way to do that is to plan ahead!

“Planning ahead is critical,” states RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy. “Often, people have no choice but to leave their animals behind because they’ve not considered their pets as part of their evacuation plan.”

RSPCA recommends preparing an evacuation plan that includes how to maneuver your pets (boxes, leads, halters), registering and micro-chipping pets (NSW law), keeping current photos of pets, ensuring pets have collars/ tags (with owners details), alternative contact details on tag/ microchip (other than home phone numbers) and emergency pet supply kit (food, water, bowls, medication, towels). Livestock need to be monitored and moved to higher ground or fuel reduced areas. Emergency supplies of food and water should also be prepared.

Domestic animals rely on their human family to survive so leaving them behind definitely should not be an option. However, if you have no choice please leave a sign in the front window of your house or contact your local RSPCA with details about your pets so they can be rescued and cared for if necessary.

While the thought of disaster and emergency isn’t always at the forefront of your mind, taking time now to prepare helps ensure the safety of your family and pets.

More information can be found at: Bureau of Meteorology, Commonwealth Emergency Management or NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Monday, March 5, 2012


RSPCA Education Team (left to right) - Eva Wong, Zoe Dawson and Stephanie Sok

From March 12 to March 16 2012, RSPCA NSW’s Education Team is visiting schools in the Hastings community to teach students about the importance of animal welfare. Following on from a successful round of talks last year, this second visit  was made possible by a Hastings Council grant awarded in 2011.  

In November 2011, the RSPCA NSW Education Team used the Hasting Council grant to teach their program to classes at the Heritage Christian School, Hastings Public School, Port Macquarie High School and Camden Haven High School. The programs were successful, prompting the RSPCA Education Team to revisit some high schools this year as well as confirming several new school bookings.

The Education Team will work alongside RSPCA’s Port Macquarie Shelter and Volunteer Branch to raise awareness about animal welfare issues including: responsible pet ownership; the importance of desexing; laws surrounding animal cruelty; and the humane treatment of animals. They will also speak about ways to get involved with RSPCA initiatives in the local community.

RSPCA Port Macquarie Volunteer Branch President Jackianne Wright said the need for animal welfare education is apparent in the level of animal-related crimes reported and is further evidenced by the number of animals being surrendered to the local RSPCA.

“The RSPCA Education Team can offer expertise, resources and knowledge to the Hastings area to help reduce the level of crime involving animals and encourage not only responsible pet ownership within the community, but overall responsible citizenship as well,” said Mrs Wright. 

RSPCA NSW Education Officer Stephanie Sok said the team is very much looking forward to next week’s visit.

“Our overarching goal is to reinforce that individuals can make a difference in the welfare of animals. The programs we teach are really effective and flexible and we can taylor them to suit all types of audiences and groups,” said Ms Sok.

RSPCA’s Education Team has already booked speaking engagements at Camden Haven High School, Port Macquarie High School and Wauchope High School.  Please call 02 9782 4477 or email for more information about school visits or to make a booking.

The education team will also present a talk at the RSPCA Port Macquarie Shelter on Tuesday 13 March at 10.15am which is available to staff, volunteers and financial members.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Gigga, Male, Greyhound

'Woof', my name is Gigga and I'm 4 and a half years old. I am a quiet and well behaved boy looking for a loving home where I can be part of the family. I spent a long time at the Dubbo Shelter looking for my new home and now I'm temporarily at the Yagoona Shelter - hopefully I will be adopted soon! I'm quite a laid back kind of bloke, just like most other greyhounds. My favourite pastime, like all Greyhounds, is to be a lap dog and lounge around on the couch. I would love a home that I'm allowed to hang out inside a lot, I'm a bit of a homeboy- yeah dawg! I do love yards too so ensure my new yard is fully fenced - I like to feel safe and secure.

All I need is one short walk a day to burn off some of my energy. Please give me plenty of toys and boredom busters like Kongs and treat balls to keep me sane, especially when left alone for long periods. My instinct is to chase so its probably a good idea not to adopt me if you have cats or pocket pets as they might turn into my play toys (oops - I can't help it). I wouldn't mind a brother or sister of the furry kind (dog), but would prefer to meet them first in case our personalities don't mesh very well.

Oh oh and don't forget that I will need a bath every 6 weeks or so to keep me looking my absolute best (aren't I just handsome!).

I am available from the RSPCA Yagoona Shelter and I am desexed, health checked, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped - which is all covered in my adoption costs.

RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona, 2199
ph; (02) 9770-7555

Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays