Saturday, June 30, 2012

Caturday; Penny, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross

Meow, I'm Penny and I came to the shelter with my brothers and sisters when we were only little.

We went to a loving foster home and built up our confidence with plenty of love and attention. My brothers and sisters have all been adopted and now I'm looking for a loving home to call my own. I'm a very gentle natured and sweet kitten who enjoys affection. I may be a little shy at first but once I get to know you I'm very affectionate and smoochie. Whilst at the shelter I've made friends with other friendly kittens so I should be fine if my new home was to have another friendly feline - as long as they're given their own space and introduced slowly.

Being a kitten I love to play! I will be happy if my new home was to have plenty of different toys I can run after and play with. Stuffed mice and small balls are great fun! Although I have a black nose, I have fair skin around it which is prone to skin cancer if allowed to spend long periods of time in the sun. For this reason I would be best as an indoor only cat.

A scratching post will be great to allow me to express natural behaviours as well as deter me from doing it on the furniture. I have a short coat which will require a regular brush to rid any loose hair and keep me looking beautiful. I will make a great addition to any family.

You can find me at the RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter; (02) 9770 7555, 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199.

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

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Tigs, Female, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross

Hi my name is Tigs and I'm a playful girl that loves nothing more than a game of chase or fetch. Do you want to come play with me?

I love to relax in the sun and chill out in the paddle pools. I'm a social girl and love nothing more than to hang out with my doggy friends. However I am not to go home with pocket pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, as I will chase them!

I don't like to be left alone for long periods of time, so I would like to have some boredom busters, kongs, toys to take up some of the time and keeps me mentally stimulated. As I'm an active girl, I would like to be walked at least once to twice a day to keep me fit and healthy.

I do get a bit excited and jump up at times so I must go home with older kids. Fencing should be 5ft high with no gaps or holes that I can get out of. I have a short coat, but will still need to be groomed at least once a week and bathed whenever I get dirty.

I'm available from the RSPCA Sydney (Yagoona) Shelter; (02) 9770 7555, 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199.

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


RSPCA Sydney Shelter Animal Attendants (left to right) Carmen Stephens, Ellie Siemsen and Kristy Taylor. They are with Lilly the Greyhound and Dex the Border Collie Cross Mastiff that are available for adoption. 
Kristy Taylor with un-named kitten at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.
Ellie Siemsen holding un-named Boxer Cross puppy at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.

The number of RSPCA animals rehomed in NSW and QLD during the NRL State of Origin competition will be tallied up after the final game on Wednesday 4th July to determine the winner of the RSPCA State of Adoption challenge. Although the winning team will win bragging rights for a year, the true winners will be the hundreds of animals that found new homes during this fun competition.

The latest adoption figures revealed that RSPCA QLD is currently in the lead with a total of 1537 animals rehomed since 23rd May. RSPCA NSW isn’t that far behind and has rehomed a total of 984 animals. With one week to go to close the gap, anything could happen.

“We’re happy that so many animals have been rehomed in both states and are not fussed that RSPCA QLD is currently in the lead,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman. “It’s not really a numbers game for us because it’s always about finding the right homes for the animals that need a second chance at a good life!”

“This competition aims to encourage people to adopt rather than shop and we hope that more people become aware of the number of animals waiting at RSPCA shelters to be adopted.”

RSPCA NSW urges anyone looking for a pet to adopt from an RSPCA shelter rather than buying one. To know more about adopting an RSPCA animal, go to

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Tiger, Male, Domestic Short Hair

Raaww! I'm Tiger but I'm tame and much more cuddly than a real tiger...

I really love to greet people by headbutting them - that is my way to say hello! I'm a big gentle boy that basically likes to lie around rather than chase toys.

As a senior cat, I would really love to go to a home where I can enjoy the rest of my years by relaxing and getting as much love and attention as possible. I can't wait to go to a new home -  I would be an easy pet.

You can meet and adopt me from the RSPCA Tweed Heads Adoption Centre: (07) 5536 5135,

48 Boyd Street, Tweed Heads 2485
Opening Hours: 9:30 - 4:30 daily, Closed on Public Holidays 

A letter from Susan & Matt!

We recently received a letter in the post (remember those...) from a delightful couple, Susan and Matt. See Susan and Matt were looking for a fur child on Easter Saturday this year and their trajectory happened to cross as fate would have it with Lisa's (now since renamed Dash - for reasons that will become apparent), an abandoned Fox Terrier in our care. Short story long, Dash is now living the high life - naps, treats, friends, parks, pizza crust etc etc and the rest they say is history. A huge thank you needs to go out to Susan & Matt for sharing their story!

We would love to hear more, so tell us your story! If you wish to share your RSPCA animal rescue story, please send a pic and short letter to;

ATTN; Online Comms
Yagoona NSW 2199

or alternatively, you can email to

Hi everyone at the RSPCA,

I just wanted to write and update you on the gorgeous dog we adopted from you on Easter Saturday, April 7, this year.

Her name was Lisa (tag no. 1083220), a 4yo Fox Terrier cross who had been abandoned. 

We've since renamed her Dash, because she can run at the speed of light, and she really is the most adorable dog who we just love to pieces.

Since we've had her she's put on about 1kg in weight and has more than taken ownership of the house. Her favourite spot is in her bed on the sunroom bookshelves, taking in the afternoon rays and looking out over the street. We have four off-leash parks within walking distance where she meets her best friends Millie and Mika the Jack Russells, Eduardo the Chihuahua, Baxter and Louis the Cavoodles, and Mika and Roxy, the rescue Staffies. Her favourite park is Queenscliff Lagoon where she can run along the sand foreshore and chase birds. She gets two or three outings a day, although she doesn't much like the rain. Sometimes she can be convinced to chase a ball, but mostly there’s too many interesting smells to distract her. And if she happens to come across a discarded kebab wrapper - or even better a pizza crust - it's happy days for Dash and she'll carry it all the way home.

And when she gets home, she likes nothing more than stealing socks and jumpers and whatever other clothes she can find, to put in her bed.

Dash is truly amazing, hilarious, happy little dog, and we can't thank the RSPCA enough for taking her in and giving us the opportunity to adopt her. We already can't imagine life without her.

Susan & Matt

Monday, June 25, 2012


Photograph of collapsed dog taken on day of seizure 22 October 2011.

A local Bidwill woman was sentenced for five animal cruelty charges at Mount Druitt Local Court on Thursday 21 June 2012. She pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty and four counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to her dog.

RSPCA Inspectors attended a property at Tregear on 22 October 2011 in response to a report of a collapsed dog. The female Rottweiler dog was surrendered by the woman and transported by the Inspectors for urgent veterinary assessment. The dog required euthanasia on humane grounds. 

The examining veterinarian concluded that there had been a failure to seek treatment for the dog’s collapse and dehydration for at least three days due to an underlying renal failure and systemic infection of at least two weeks duration. The dog was also suffering osteoarthritis and had a severe flea infestation. 

The woman was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for each of the five charges. She was ordered to pay $83 Court costs and $53.67 transcription costs. She has also been prohibited from owning any animal for five years (total 500 hours community service; total costs $136.67).

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

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Caturday; Franklin, Male, Domestic Medium Hair Cross

Hello, my name is Franklin. I am a domestic medium hair male and am still just a kitten.

I am very, very playful and will need plenty of toys to keep me entertained in my forever home. I love a good cuddle and a pat and will return all the love you give to me.

As I have a longer coat, I will require grooming at least once a week to keep my coat nice and healthy. Though I do get along with other cats in the shelter, I can play very rough so its recommended that I go home with no other cats.

I also like to jump around and will play with anything I can get my paws on, so to keep your furniture safe please buy me a cat scratch post that I can play with as much as I want!

I am available from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona:(02) 9770 7555

201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199.
Monday to Tuesday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Frankie, Male, Labrador Cross

Hi my name is Frankie. I am a lovable, playful boy looking for my fur-ever home.

I will need to go to an experienced household with older kids as I can be a little jumpy when I am excited and would not like to accidently hurt anyone. I have been social with the dogs I have met at the shelter but will still need to meet any potential doggy housemates before going home.

I did not show any interest in cats and pocket pets when tested, however my new owners will need to understand that there may be a settling in period as with introducing any new animal into an existing household.

I am an active boy and will require at least one walk and some interactive play time each day to keep me happy and healthy. I love my toys and it is important that I am provided with a variety to keep me amused especially while you are not home. Please ensure your yard is secure with minimum 5ft fencing with no foot holes or gaps.

I am available from the John Morony Correctional Complex, Berkshire Park, Sydney. Phone appointment only, there is no direct public access. Please phone (02) 4582 2686

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Weasley is one of many cats awaiting adoption at the RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter.
His mum and sister are also in need of homes.

With winter comes cold and flu season – and like people, cats get the flu too.  Staff and volunteers at the RSPCA’s Sydney Shelter in Yagoona have nursed more than 20 cats and kittens back to health and these flu-free felines are now in need of warm, comfortable homes this winter.  To ensure these cats find homes fast, the RSPCA has halved their adoption fees for a limited time. 

RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter Manager Donna Hough said it takes much longer for cats that have been treated for cat flu to get adopted than cats that haven’t presented with flu symptoms – a few of these cats have been with the RSPCA for almost 200 days.

“People can have a negative perception about cat flu,” said Ms Hough.  “It’s a very common virus among cats, but it’s treatable.”  The best remedy is typically a combination of rest, good food and lots of TLC. 

“We do our bit to help animals recover here at the shelter, but the best thing for them would be a nice warm, permanent home.”

Cat flu is contagious and can spread between cats.  The most common way it spreads is between direct contact with other cats and sneezing.

To reduce the spread of disease at the shelter, cats that have presented with cat flu symptoms are housed separately from those that haven’t presented with symptoms.  “It’s a preventive measure, but it often means our recovering cats are overlooked or inaccurately seen as being less desirable for adoption,” said Ms Hough. 

Ms Hough said cats that have been treated for cat flu often end up healthier than cats that have never shown signs of the virus.  “Their immune systems are often stronger which means they’re better able to fight off re-infection.”   

All animals at the RSPCA are health tested prior to going up for adoption, and those recovering from flu also come with a free vet consultation at the time of adoption. 

Felines available for adoption are also desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and up to date on their flea and worm treatments.  The RSPCA is open six days, closed Wednesdays, for adoptions.  For more information, visit  or call 9770 7555.


Photograph taken on 27 February 2012

A woman appeared at Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday 20 June 2012 for sentencing on animal cruelty charges. She had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to her male German Shepherd crossbreed dog.

An RSPCA Inspector seized the dog on 27 February 2012 after responding to a complaint about his poor condition. The dog was almost devoid of fur and his skin was completely blackened. Following veterinary examination the dog was diagnosed as suffering from hypothyroidism. He also had a large amount of fleas infesting his ears. The woman made admissions that she had never taken the dog to a veterinarian.

She was convicted and placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for twelve months. She was ordered to pay $81 Court costs and $1,301.64 veterinary/boarding costs (total costs $1,382.64).

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


Yesterday the RSPCA officially accepted a sponsored van from Nobel Toyota to use for 12 months for the RSPCA’s Drives for Lives program. The RSPCA relies heavily on partners and sponsors to continue being able to run successful programs and operations to help care for over 45,000 animals in NSW each year.

“The partnership with Noble Toyota is important to us from a product perspective and also through loyalty. We have been encouraged by the passion they have shown for RSPCA by getting more involved in our program work,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.

“The Drives for Lives vehicle donated by Noble Toyota is another demonstration of their positive involvement with the RSPCA and will assist us with transporting many animals to give them a second chance at life.”

The RSPCA’s Drives for Lives initiative aims to transport animals between 11 shelters, 2 Care Centres, 27 volunteer branches and 4 veterinary hospitals around the state. This is made possible with the help of dedicated custom-built transportation vehicles and a team of staff to help move animals around the state to increase the chances of rehoming them.

Some of the shelters provide greater exposure for the animals. Since the program’s inception, it is evident that animals can be adopted much quicker after being moved to a new location. It also relieves the stress of foster caring. The vehicles will also assist in moving animals that need specialized treatment or to remove them from hazardous or abusive situations in the community. 

“This relationship with RSPCA NSW has allowed us to discover all the things they do. The community doesn’t understand the extent of what they do – the RSPCA is not just the shelter, it’s so much more,” said Noble Toyota Director Geoff Lewis.

“Our partnership is a great opportunity to help support the RSPCA run programs that help save animals lives.”


The RSPCA invite Wyong and Gosford residents to get their pets microchipped free of charge this Sunday 24th June, 10am to 2pm at the RSPCA Care Centre in Tuggerah. This joint initiative between RSPCA and Wyong Shire Council aims to encourage the community to microchip pets in order to reduce the number of lost and stray animals in the area. 

Staff from the RSPCA Care Centre, Wyong Shire Council and Greencross Vets in Tuggerah will help microchip and provide health checks to all dogs and cats that attend the day.

“It is important for local councils, vets and the community to work together to ensure animals stay healthy, safe and microchipped,” said Karen Heath, RSPCA NSW Retail Business Manager. “This can ensure fewer pets end up at the local pound or RSPCA.”

A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification that is implanted just under the skin on the animal’s neck. It is the size of a grain of rice and is a quick, safe and painless process. Each chip has a unique number that is recorded on the microchip database registry with details about the animal and owner.

“If a pet becomes lost, vets, local councils and animal shelters such as the RSPCA can scan the pet for a microchip and contact the person listed on the database,” said Ms Heath. “It’s important to ensure the owner’s contact details are kept updated at all times so it’s easier to reunite the animal with their owner.”

In NSW it is compulsory to microchip cats and dogs by twelve weeks of age. Ideally a cat or dog is microchipped prior to it being purchased or adopted. Only authorised microchip implanters, such as vets or animal welfare organisations like the RSPCA, are permitted to microchip pets.

“No bookings for the day are required. We welcome all residents in the Wyong Shire Council and Gosford City Council area to bring their furry friend along and benefit from this free service.”

For more information about Sunday’s microchipping initiative, please contact the RSPCA Care Centre at Tuggerah on 02 4351 3444.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Missy, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross

Hi, my name is Missy!

I was surrendered to the RSPCA through the Pets Of Older Persons program as my previous owner is elderly and had to go to a nursing home and couldn't take me with her.

I am a very affectionate and smoochy girl that enjoys the quiet life, sitting with you and lapping up any attention I can get! I am an indoor only cat that has been socialised with other cats and small dogs. I have a short coat that will only need a quick brush every now and then.

If you want to meet and adopt me, I'm available from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona. Some of the cats at the shelter are currently half price and there's plenty of my friends looking to go to a new home.

(02) 9770 7555
201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199.

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

Monday, June 18, 2012


Photograph taken on 3 February 2012

A local South Granville woman appeared at Parramatta Local Court on Friday 8 June 2012.  She pleaded guilty to the charge of abandoning an animal.

The charge related to four kittens which were observed to be removed from a vehicle and left in a cardboard box in shrubs near the roadside at Pemulwuy on 3 February 2012.  Witnesses noted the registration number of the vehicle and contacted the RSPCA to collect the abandoned kittens.  An RSPCA Inspector was able to trace the South Granville
woman as the person who had borrowed the vehicle that day.  She made admissions that she had captured the stray kittens as she feared for their safety.  She then transported the stray kittens and left them at the location.

The woman was convicted and fined $100.  She was ordered to pay $83 Court costs and $47.21 costs to the RSPCA. All of the kittens were adopted from the RSPCA. RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy said there is no excuse for abandoning a helpless animal. 

“As demonstrated in this case, the RSPCA was able to find homes for the kittens within a few weeks,” said Chief Inspector OShannessy.  “The offence of deliberately abandoning animals is considered very serious by the RSPCA and may likely result in a criminal conviction for animal cruelty.” 

If anyone in NSW considers an animal to be in peril, please call RSPCA NSW toll-free on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358).

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


RSPCA NSW commends the recent amendment to the family law act which now includes harming of the family pet as part of the definition of domestic violence.  As part of their Safe Beds for Pets program, the RSPCA acknowledges the strong link between animal and human abuse. 

The RSPCA NSW Safe Beds for Pets program provides emergency housing for pets of people seeking refuge from domestic violence.  Its aim is to address the link between animal and human abuse and to offer practical assistance to enable victims to flee violence.

RSPCA NSW Programs Development Manager Karen Thorne said it’s not uncommon for the perpetrator of domestic violence to try and make victims stay in a violent relationship by threatening to harm – or even kill – the pet if the victim leaves.

“It’s a well-recognised problem,” said Ms Thorne.  “So it’s wonderful to see this level of recognition by the Government.”

By helping to remove victims and pets from violent situations, the RSPCA hopes to help break the chain of violence.  “Our program gives domestic violence victims peace of mind and allows them to secure their own safety without worrying about their pet’s safety,” said Ms Thorne. 

“Pets are part of people’s families, and the RSPCA is extremely pleased with the Government’s decision to protect them under the new law.”

The Safe Beds for Pets program relies on donations and grants for support.

For more information about RSPCA’s Safe Beds for Pets Program, email or call 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Caturday; Elliot, Male, Domestic Short Hair Cross

Would you like a friend for life? Then you should adopt me. I'm Elliott, I was surrendered due to no fault of my own and I have settled in nicely whilst awaiting a new home.

I am a very sweet man who just wants to laze around and relax. I enjoy pats and cuddles but would just be happy for someone to love me. I get on ok with other friendly cats provided they give my own space, but a home with no small children is more suited to me.

When I went to the vets they discovered a Grade 2 heartmurmer. I've probably had this all my life and shouldn't really affect me or my lifespan.

You can adopt me from the Orange Shelter and I'm desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, had flea and worm treatment, vet checked with a 14 day health insurance and a friend for life!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Bella, Female, Kelpie

Woof, hi there! I'm Bella and like my name I have such a beautiful nature.

I love human companionship and I get along well with people of any age. I love to play and chase my ball but don't worry I'm not obsessed with it. I can jump high so would need a good sized fenced enclosure. I get along well with other animals once I have met them and I'm more on the submissive side myself.

I have lived most of my young life chained up so now I'm enjoying the freedom of running around with kids and people having fun. I'm not a big eater and seem to prefer kibble and canned food over raw meat or chicken necks. I absolutely love dog biscuit treats as well and chunks of devon.

I would be best suited to anyone that could give me all the love and time I need. I will be a wonderful addition to any household. I'm available from the Gunnedah Branch. If you want to arrange to meet me or want to know anything else please call - 0419 474 689.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sweet as...

Fi and Sarah from RSPCA NSW with Miranda and Kate from IDEXX and the fabulous Living Ruff cake.

The Cake
RSPCA NSW says a great big sweet thank you to IDEXX Laboratories for their morning tea fundraiser to help our Living Ruff Program provide assistance to pets and people affected by homelessness.

All the food was made by IDEXX staff who volunteered to help, and RSPCA staff Fiona and Sarah haven’t stopped raving about the sensational spread.

Organised by Kate at the IDEXX Rydalmere office, the morning tea raised $250 and this was matched by IDEXX, making a grand total of $500!!

Special mention and thanks to Miranda for the gorgeous hand made Living Ruff cake that blew us away.


Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Spyro, Male, Greyhound

Look at me, I'm Spyro and I just love being the centre of attention. I hope you can be my fur-ever friend.

I lap up affection from people - it gives me ultimate happiness. I am a very calm and relaxed dog that loves going on daily walks. It keeps me fit and mentally stimulated.

A lot of people think Greyhounds need plenty of extra exercise but they are actually quite lazy dogs when at home. They do require daily walks and like routine. NSW legislation states that when Greyhounds are walked in public areas they must wear a caged muzzle.

Small pets like rabbits, guinea pigs and cats are just way too exciting for Greyhounds and they will chase them - so make sure I don't go to a home with any. I would love to meet any other dogs in the household before going to my new home - just to see if we get along fine. My new backyard must have secure fencing with no holes or gaps.

I'm available for adoption from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona;
201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Caturday; Tipsy, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross

It's Saturday - everybody's getting tipsy! So why not adopt Tipsy?

Meow, hello, I'm Tipsy. I'm a loving girl and purr lots when given cuddles.

I'm really full of curiosity and just love to play - especially with my carer's dog's tails! I really enjoy my temporary family and love being around people and other animals.

I need a loving home where I will get lots of cuddles and no outdoor access at night. I'm immunised, desexed and microchipped. I'm located at the Kempsey Branch. Please contact Carol on 02-65624260.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Find-A-Friend; Meg, Female, Australian Cattledog Cross/Terrier

Hi there I'm Meg! A very happy lively girl! Can you be my new friend?

I'm a very high energy dog who loves to play. Ideally I would need an experienced dog owner who is prepared to put in time and dedication with my training.

I'm not really recommended for families who have toddlers due to my boisterous nature however I absolutely love to interact with children (preferably 6 years and over).

The bonus is that I'm housetrained and love to play with rope toys. Fun! Please don't put me near any sort of livestock as I'll just chase them.

If you think we will suit each other well and you're willing to be my fur-ever friend then please come meet me at the RSPCA Central Coast Shelter at Lot 455 Reeves Road, Somersby 2250 or call 02 4372 2044.

Open 10:00am to 3:30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Closed Wednesdays and public holidays.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Emma and Mark Westrup visited the RSPCA Sydney Shelter with their grandmother to donate knitted blankets to the cats awaiting adoption

With tax time just around the corner, the RSPCA is urging people to donate to help animals this winter. The colder months are a challenging time for the RSPCA as the need for supplies and resources increases. Every animal deserves to be safe, healthy and warm this winter and every dollar helps RSPCA achieve this.

Each of the RSPCA Shelters across NSW relies on donations to continue funding their day to day operations as these costs rise over winter. RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said that the money raised over winter will go towards vital things like keeping animals healthy, safe, sheltered, fed, warm and inevitably rehomed.

“In winter the number of animals brought into our shelters increases with many elderly, sick and injured animals ending up in our care,” said Mr Coleman. “Donations from the general public help contribute to essential costs including medical supplies and rising heating bills.” 

As one of the largest shelters in the Southern Hemisphere, the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona can house up to 1000 animals at any given time. Even small donations make a big difference to helping these animals.

Last month, seven-year-old Mark Westrup and his four-year-old sister Emma donated blankets knitted by their grandmother to the cats at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona.

“This sweet gift from the Westrup’s is an example of small gestures that can make a big difference to animals at our shelters – keeping them warm and well over winter,” said Mr Coleman. 

Donations are a great way to maximise tax deductions. CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW or call 1300 777 221

Super Sup'paw'ter; Cherie Stone

Golden Retriever Hugo completed the RSPCA Million Paws Walk at Sydney Olympic Park for the 3rd year in a row

Congratulations to Cherie Stone for being the RSPCA's Super Sup'paw'ter of the month!

This month RSPCA NSW would like to say a big THANK YOU to Cherie Stone for raising over $4000 for the 2012 Million Paws Walk. This year she came in 2nd as the top individual fundraisers for NSW and last year she came 3rd. This was the third year Mrs Stone, her husband and their Golden Retriever Hugo have fundraised and attended RSPCA's biggest fundraising event to help thousands of animals in need.

According to Mrs Stone, the best way to raise more funds is to start as early as possible and keep reminding people to donate, even if it’s a small amount. As a tax accountant, she also emphasizes that donations are a great way to maximize tax deductions.

"I asked clients and friends to support me in a cause that I strongly believed in and reminded them that you get a tax deduction for any donations over $2. Some gave me large amounts but mostly I urged them to donate as small as $10. I feel a bit pushy sending multiple emails to remind people who haven't donated anything yet but I think it’s worth it in the end," said Mrs Stone.

Mrs Stone felt that just fundraising for the Million Paws Walk was not enough so she became an ‘Animal Advocate’ (regular monthly donor). She didn't want to be one of those people who hears or sees something cruel or horrible and says "that's sad" but then not do anything about it.

A passionate animal lover, Mrs Stone feels that people need to help protect animals as they do not have a voice. She urges others to speak up and advocate for animal welfare or make donations to help organisations like RSPCA.

Anyone can fundraise online for the RSPCA. With tax time just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make a donation or start a fundraising page in lieu of birthdays or weddings. Go to to create your own page and start fundraising for the RSPCA!


Petbarn and RSPCA NSW are pleased to announce the launch of their long-awaited partnership program. A selection of Petbarn stores throughout NSW will house RSPCA shelter animals and follow the same adoption procedures that operate in RSPCA NSW shelters. 

“This partnership offers a non-traditional method for rehoming more shelter animals, which is in line with RSPCA’s long-term strategic plan,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.  

The first facility purpose-built to house both cats and dogs was launched in Dubbo on 23rd May. Since its opening they have successfully rehomed 30 animals in 10 days. This includes 7 cats, 9 kittens, 4 dogs and 10 puppies. Some of these cats had been at the RSPCA Dubbo shelter for a long time. RSPCA Dubbo staff and Petbarn staff are so excited and thrilled with these results.

"This is another example of how committed RSPCA NSW is at trying to rehome animals. This is a great start to our relationship with Petbarn and the Dubbo community. Stepping out of the square in the interests of rehoming animals can work," said Mr Coleman.

“The animals’ wellbeing is crucial to the success of this program. They’ll be cared for by RSPCA-accredited staff members who will follow the same strict care, enrichment and adoption guidelines as the RSPCA."

Petbarn will not retain any animal adoption costs; they will be returned to the RSPCA. Other Petbarn stores will be launching the program over the coming months. Cat adoptions will take place in Petbarn stores located in Bathurst, Brookvale, Caringbah, Chatswood, Wetherill Park and Mittagong.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Billy, Male, American Staffy Cross

Hi my name is Billy. I am a very playful young boy looking for my fur-ever home.

Ideally, I will need to go to an experienced household who have the time and patience to continue my training and socialisation. I am food motivated and already know how to sit. I am very eager to learn more and would love an owner who can spend the time teaching me new tricks.

I do tend to get excited when I play and can sometimes become quite jumpy. I will be easily trained out of that with some consistency. As with all dogs it is essential I am supervised at all times when around children to ensure I do not accidentally hurt them. I have been very social with the dogs I have met at the shelter and do love a good rumble. If you have any other dogs at home please bring them into the shelter with you when you come to meet me. I have shown a high interest in cats and pocket pets, because of this unfortunately I cannot be rehomed with any of these animals.

Take me walking at least once a day and throw in some interactive play time so you can help me burn off some excess energy.  I do tend to pull on the lead while walking so it is recommended that you purchase a Halti or Newtrix to aid with my walking. If you are unsure how these work one of the friendly animal attendants will be happy to explain them for you. Please ensure your yard is secure with minimum 5ft fencing with no foot holes or gaps.

I am available from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona:
201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (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 


UPDATE: Congratulations to Briarna Ball, Charmaine Jones and Lili Ruslie -  all of whom will be attending the Saturday show!

The Sydney Film Festival has kindly offered RSPCA NSW three double passes to give to our animal loving supporters to see The Last Dogs of Winter at Dendy Opera Quays on Saturday 16th June, 8pm.

"The Canadian Eskimo Dog, or qimmiq, is a disappearing breed: the rarest registered variety of dog in the world. They were once a critical part of Inuit life, but the introduction of the skidoo and other modern-day interventions reduced the population to less than a hundred. Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada's frozen north, famous for its polar bears, is home to the unconventional Brian Ladoon, founder of a sanctuary for these tough Arctic canines. A young New Zealand television star, Caleb Ross (The Tribe), volunteers to help out Brian. But what begins as a one-month trip turns into a three-year commitment. New Zealand director Costa Botes' honest and beautiful film captures Ladoon's determination in the face of adversity - community disapproval, debt, roaming polar bears and the difficult logistics of caring for canines in the brutal Canadian winter."

In order to win one of these double passes - simply 'LIKE' us on Facebook to enter, email us with your full name, contact email address (if different from the one sending from) and provide correct answer's to the following three questions:
  1. What is the breed name of the dogs that feature in 'The Last Dogs at Winter'?
  2. What is Churchill, Manitoba famous for?
  3. Name a dog that is currently available for adoption at one of the RSPCA shelters in NSW and tell us which shelter it can be adopted from.
All entries need to be sent to by Tuesday 12th June, 5:00pm (AEST) with subject text field containing "RSPCA NSW The Last Dogs of Winter Comp". Winners will be announced via our RSPCA NSW Facebook page and contacted by email on Wednesday 13th June.

If you don't win the tickets, we encourage you to get your family and friends together and enjoy watching this magnificently told story about these beautiful and rare Canadian Eskimo Dogs, or qimmiq of Canada.


Photograph #1 taken on day of seizure 6 July 2011
Photograph #2 taken on 6 July 2011 shows wounds on dogs rump

A local Tregear woman appeared for sentencing on animal cruelty charges at Mount Druitt Local Court on Friday 1 June 2012.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of failing to provide proper and sufficient food and failing to provide veterinary treatment to her dog.

An RSPCA Inspector attended the woman's premises on 6 July 2011 following a complaint about the condition of dogs on the property. An emaciated male Kelpie crossbreed dog was seized for urgent veterinary attention. The veterinarian estimated that there had been a failure to provide the dog with adequate nutrition for at least four weeks. The dog required treatment for contaminated and infected wounds on his rump. He was also suffering from internal hookworm and whipworm burdens and was infested with fleas. The woman surrendered the dog to the RSPCA a week later.

The local Tregear woman was convicted and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for each offence. She was ordered to pay $470.20 veterinary costs and $3,500 professional costs. She has been prohibited from owning more than two dogs for five years (total 160 hours community service; total costs $3,950.20). 

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

Monday, June 4, 2012


Photograph taken on day of seizure 2nd February 2011

A local Rosebank man appeared at Lismore Local Court in relation to an animal cruelty charge on 1 June 2012. He pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide veterinary treatment to his horse.

An RSPCA Inspector responded to a report of a horse with an injured leg on 2 February 2011. The Inspector found the yearling colt tied to a tree with a makeshift bandage covering a large wound on his left rear leg. The colt was seized and transported for urgent veterinary attention.

The veterinarian treated a 15 x 20 centimetre wound above the fetlock. The bandage the man had applied to the wound was too tight. A 30 millimetre deep groove from electrical tape used as part of the bandage had caused strangulating damage. It was estimated the condition would have been present for at least four weeks. The veterinarian concluded the treatment administered by the man was not only inadequate but had created further damage to the horse’s limb. The offender surrendered the colt to the RSPCA the following day.

The local Rosebank man was convicted and placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for two years. The bond has conditions which require him to notify the Chief Inspector of all animals in his care and to permit RSPCA officers entry to his premises to inspect his animals. He is required to obey all reasonable directions given by RSPCA officers in relation to the care of his animals. The man was ordered to pay $81.00 Court costs and $474.70 veterinary costs.

The colt recovered and has been rehomed by the RSPCA.

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

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Caturday; Puss, Female, Domestic Short Hair

Hi, I'm Puss!

I originally came to this shelter as a stray and sadly my owners has never reclaimed me so now I am looking for my fur-ever home. Can you help me? I am a very sweet, gentle and affectionate young lady who is now looking for my new best friend or family.

I get on OK with other friendly cats and kittens but also enjoy spending time on my own, relaxing in the sun.
I'm not really high maintenance - I will just need a scratching post, litter tray, food and water bowls, a few toys to play with and a nice warm bed to call my own!

You can find me at the RSPCA Blue Mountains Shelter:
(02) 4782 2674
121-125 Mort Street, Katoomba 2780
Open 6 days a week - closed Wednesdays.

I'm $160 to adopt which includes: Desexing and Vet Health Check, Microchip, First Vaccination, Flea and Worming Treatments, 14 days of pet insurance and A FRIEND FOR LIFE!