Saturday, September 29, 2012

Caturday; Birdie, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Let's get this out of the way first... Hi my name is Birdie and I am definitely a cat, not a bird.

I've been at the shelter for a little bit, and I am desperately looking for a family to be smoochy with. I love anyone and everyone that will love me just as much in return. I can be a little shy at first, but it's just because I am figuring out when you need the most smooches from me.

I also love playing, and can play with almost anything sitting around. I would prefer to play with actual toys rather than rolled up pieces of paper, and would love you even more if you got them for me. A good brush every so often would be nice too, keeps my fur looking fine, and makes me even more huggable.

If the thought of fluffy smooches is just too irresistible, 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

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bruiser's Best Buds; Neville, Male, Fox Terrier


Gooooooood bark-ternoon one and all! It's always a great day when I get to introduce one of my fabulous friends looking for their furever home. Today, I introduce the one and only Neville.

Neville is sweetness wrapped in fur and bundles of energy. Neville is happy to play all day long, or happy to sit, relax and curl up next to you for a pat or three. Neville and I love going for our daily walks, although he is still getting used to walking on the lead, so you will have to continue teaching him not to pull.

Neville and I are quite small, and sometimes the delicious aromas that waft through the fence can get a little much, and we may squeeze through a teeny gap to investigate. So you will need to make sure you have proper fencing; trust me, we would rather be safe and waiting for you in your backyard then on the street. Scary!

If you need a little bit of love from this fluffy sweetness, then you can find and adopt Neville 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

Legally Blonde The Musical and RSPCA NSW have come together to help find homes for Bruiser’s Best Buds.  Chihuahua star Bruiser may be in the spotlight, but he’s hoping to use his stardom to help highlight RSPCA NSW shelter animals in need of homes.  Bruiser’s Buds are cute and affectionate – some are even blonde!  But all of them are looking for love and can’t wait to find their forever homes. Bruiser knows that adopting a pet is a long term commitment, and should be considered carefully.  Thankfully, expert staff at the RSPCA can help potential new owners find pets to match their lifestyle. For more information about RSPCA animals available for adoption, visit:www.adoptapet.com.au or call (02) 9770 7555.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

RSPCA Continues to Investigate NSW Piggery


Last Friday 21 September 2012, RSPCA NSW carried out an unannounced random inspection of the piggery in Southern NSW that is currently under investigation for animal cruelty. The piggery had improved conditions, had less pigs on the property and were given further instructions to follow.

RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy said that the RSPCA became aware of the animal cruelty allegations and animal welfare issues at the piggery in August after the footage had been released publicly. An inspection was conducted at this time and random inspections continue until investigations are finalised.

“The inspections are conducted to assess compliance with the previously issued written directions – to manage the condition and welfare of the pigs on the property,” said Chief Inspector OShannessy. “The inspections  are unannounced and no prior warning is provided by the RSPCA of the impending visit.”

Regulating the piggery’s practices in regards to the slaughter of pigs for human consumption falls under the jurisdiction of the NSW Food Authority. However, the RSPCA can confirm that pig production is being phased out as no sows for mating remain at the property.

“The only animals that currently remain on the property are the weaner and grower pigs. With no sows, there is no breeding and the numbers of pigs housed at the property will continue to decline as the weaners are grown out.”

The video footage is currently being investigated and witness statements from this footage is required to further investigations and use the evidence in court.

“These witness statements will form an essential part of the investigation. It is possible that the evidence contained in the footage will be ruled inadmissible at court if we don’t receive these statements.”

Enquiries also continue into the search for individuals being depicted in the video.There are no orders currently in place that prohibit these individuals from working in any animal holding facility or slaughter house. Restrictions on individuals may only be imposed by the court at the conclusion of court proceedings.

Investigations and enquiries into the NSW piggery are ongoing and the RSPCA will confirm the charges once prosecutions have been intiatied.

The welfare of animals in NSW is protected under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (POCTA) 1979 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation which are administered by the DPI and enforced by NSW Police, RSPCA and Animal Welfare League.

For more information about RSPCA's campaigns on Pig Farming, please visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/campaigns/help_us_get_pigs_out_of_sow_stalls or http://www.rspca.org.au/how-you-can-help/campaigns/pig-farming/

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – Penrith Local Court


 Photographs taken on day of seizure 9 February 2012

A local Jamisontown man failed to appear at Penrith Local Court on 20 September 2012 in relation to four charges of animal cruelty towards nineteen animals. In his absence he was convicted and found guilty of all charges of failing to provide veterinary treatment and proper and sufficient food for his nineteen cats and dogs.

On 14 October 2011, RSPCA Inspectors visited a property in Bringelly in response to a complaint. Dog and cat pens were found caked with faeces, kitty litter trays were full to the brim, some pens had no water and the animals were displaying behavior indicative of being housed permanently in cages. RSPCA Inspectors issued instructions to clean up immediately and provided the Codes of Practice for Breeding Dogs and Cats to be followed up on. After some further inspections, the animals were relocated by the owner and on 10 November 2011 no animals remained at the property.

On 9 February 2012 RSPCA Inspectors located the man and his animals at a property in Jamisontown. They found 16 dogs and 3 cats to be in very poor body condition. All of these animals were seized and taken for veterinary examination. The Veterinarian established that 14 of the animals were underweight. Nine of the dogs had inflammation and infection in the ear. Two female cats had abscesses on their heads. One of the cats died and one of the younger dogs was very weak and anemic. Each of the animals gained between 29% and 120% of their presenting weights after treatment and food.

The man was convicted of all four charges and fined $800 for each offence (total $3200). The RSPCA was awarded $1600 of these fines. He was ordered to pay the RSPCA $27,526.02 animal care costs and $9,900 in professional costs (total fines and costs $40,626.02). He was also prohibited from owning any animal for three years.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

RSPCA Agrees - Kill Rates Are Too High



Along with thousands of rescue groups, animal lovers and animal welfare organisations nationwide, the RSPCA believes the number of companion animals killed each year in Australia is appauling.  While the RSPCA does not classify itself as a no kill organisation, the not-for-profit animal welfare charity proactively, willingly and responsibly does its part to help ensure the number of unwanted companional animals being euthanased every year is reduced.

The RSPCA’s annual euthanasia statistics may appear high, but at closer glance the figures are quite telling.  Of the 4,862 dogs euthanased by RSPCA NSW last financial year, 62% were put down due to behavioural reasons; nearly 35% were humanely euthanased due to disease and other medical conditions. 

“Because of our open door policy, we take in animals that are sick, injured, abused, neglected and unwanted,” said RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman.  “A large majority of these animals are deemed dangerous or downright cruel to be kept alive.  As a result, our staff make difficult decisons to euthanase animals on a daily basis.” 

“We don’t take euthanasia lightly, and we don’t kill healthy animals uneccesarily.  Regardless, the RSPCA reluctantly accepts that — in certain circumstances — euthanasia is necessary. It would be unethical and socially irresponsible to rehome many of the animals that come through our doors.” 

Even still, the RSPCA continues to improve, invest and innovate in order to increase rehoming and reduce euthanasia statistics.

“Last year, RSPCA NSW euthanased less than 2% of dogs and less than 6% of cats due to space limitations.  While these figures continue to decrease year on year, there’s certainly still room for improvement,” said Mr Coleman. 

Mr Coleman said the RSPCA continually invests in improving behaviour assessments, which are based on scientific backing and internationally accepted approaches.  “We observe animals over time — some are put into foster care programs, while others are put under rehabilitation to assist with behavioural issues.”

In addition, the RSPCA has a robust volunteer network, dog training and rehabilitation programs, working relationships with rescue groups, government bodies, partnerships with Petbarn, Care Centres, marketing to promote animals, statewide animal transportation initiatives, subsidised and reduced-rate desexing and microhipping drives, community events and education programs in schools.  All have been established with the overarching goal of rehoming more animals, reducing the number of unwanted companion animals and decreasing euthanasia rates.

“The RSPCA follows a realistic and holistic approach to reducing euthanasia figures.  But we can’t do it alone — we need the community’s support and cooperation to make a difference."

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Houston, Male, Great Dane X Bull Arab


Giant hugs incoming! My name's Houston, and I like to give the biggest and loveliest hugs caninely possible!

I'm definitely a big boy, and sometimes I forget this and can get a little excited when I play. I think I will need to find a family that has had big dogs before, so they know that all this energy is just all the love I have bottled up. I think if we worked together, I could learn some manners and would know how to handle all this energy.

I love playing, with my friends, family and even by myself in the yard with my toys. I am definitely after a family that likes to get out and about, and be active on the weekends. I'm still getting used to walking on a lead, so need a special harness called a New Trix, but I'm getting the hand of it. As much as I love adventuring, I also love being at home and getting pats and cuddles from my family.

If you want a big bundle of love, energy and cuddles, then look no further! 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

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Caturday; Cake, Female, Domestic Medium Hair


Whoever said too much cake is a bad thing, clearly hasn't met me! My name's Cake, and I'm looking for my furever home.

I've been at the shelter for a little while, and as much as I love the volunteers here, I definitely want to find my own family. I'm a smoochie kind of lady that loves giving my humans head butts and purring leg rubs. I like being patted and brushed, but I'm not so keen on being picked up and man handled.

I will happily follow you around the house, keep you within patting distance, or find a warm spot in the sun to chill. I definitely prefer being indoors, besides from being safer, it just means I can be closer to you.

If you need more than a slice of cake 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

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bruiser's Best Buds; Cindy, Female, Terrier Cross Wirehaired Dachshund

 
It's Friday... Friday... fabulous fantastical Friday and today I get the great pleasure of introducing the charismatic, cute and charming Cindy!

She is my sweet as pie gal pal, and she is looking for a family to spend her days and nights with. Cindy came to the shelter as a pregnant stray and had her puppies with the help of the shelter staff. Now that her pups have all found their furever homes, Cindy is looking for a home and family of her own.

She has been living with two other dogs, and enjoys her times rumbling with them inside and outside. She isn't too sure of cats and pocket pets, so they probably can't live together. Cindy and I definitely like our daily walks, and of course a nice bubbly bath to keep us looking our best.

Cindy is just one sweet pea and I can't wait for her to find her furever home. If you think you have a space in your hearts for this special little lady, then you can find and adopt Cindy 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

Legally Blonde The Musical and RSPCA NSW have come together to help find homes for Bruiser’s Best Buds.  Chihuahua star Bruiser may be in the spotlight, but he’s hoping to use his stardom to help highlight RSPCA NSW shelter animals in need of homes.  Bruiser’s Buds are cute and affectionate – some are even blonde!  But all of them are looking for love and can’t wait to find their forever homes. Bruiser knows that adopting a pet is a long term commitment, and should be considered carefully.  Thankfully, expert staff at the RSPCA can help potential new owners find pets to match their lifestyle. For more information about RSPCA animals available for adoption, visit:www.adoptapet.com.au or call (02) 9770 7555.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Scruffy, Female, Silky Terrier Cross


They may call me Scruffy, but it's definitely just a name and not a description! Beneath these feathery locks is a fine little lady looking for a family to call her own.

I've been at the RSPCA for a little while now, and I am definitely ready to go home and live with the right family. I could think of nothing better than taking long walks with my family to explore the neighborhood and sniff all the glorious smells.

I'm not too sure of other dogs, so would hope to be the only dog in the house. I do have plenty of love to give, so could provide the love of at least 3 other dogs, maybe 4! Hopefully you can give me just as much love in return.

If this little smile has brightened your day, 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

RSPCA Warns to Check Pets for Ticks


RSPCA NSW Vets have already started seeing cats and dogs with tick paralysis on a daily basis. With tick season here, RSPCA NSW is urging pet owners to ensure their pets are given tick prevention treatments and are regularly checked for ticks to avoid serious illness or death – a common issue for pets on the eastern coast of Australia.

The Paralysis Tick can pack a deadly punch. They inject toxins into the animal as they feed, leading to a condition known as tick paralysis. RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad said there are many symptoms to look out for.

“Early warning signs include lethargy and vomiting. They might pant rapidly; have a loss of appetite, cough or are unable to bark properly,” said Dr Awad. “As symptoms progress, they become weak on their hind legs and have difficulty breathing. If you see any of these signs contact your vet immediately as animals can die within hours if left untreated – early treatment provides the best chance of survival.”

Every pet owner should check for ticks on their pets during the tick season, generally between spring and autumn, as tick prevention products such as collars, spot-ons, sprays or medications are never 100% effective. It’s common for people who take their pets on holidays to the coast to pick up a tick without realising it, so it’s important for everyone to be aware of ticks and plan ahead.

“You can check for ticks by combing through your pet’s fur down to their skin with both hands feeling for anything unusual. Pay particular attention around the head, neck and forelimbs or in other crevices around the body such as the toes where ticks might hide.

“Owners should remove the tick immediately after locating it. Grasp the tick close to its head with tweezers and gentle pull out without twisting it. Check for more ticks because there could be more than one. It’s also important to keep your pet cool and calm and monitor your pet for 24 – 48 hours after removing the tick as signs can still develop. 

If you need further assistance or veterinary treatment for your pet, please contact an RSPCA Veterinary hospital near you by calling 9770 7555. RSPCA Veterinary Hospitals are located in Sydney – Yagoona, Rouse Hill, Broken Hill, Hunter – Rutherford and Newcastle – Tighes Hill.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Caturday; Betty, Female, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Hello there my Saturday morning friends. Is that bed a bit too chilly for you this morning? I think you need a Betty in your lives to warm your bed and your hearts.

I've been at the shelter for a little bit looking after my kittens until they were big enough to go to their own homes, and now I am looking for a quiet family of my own. I absolutely adore humans after all the help they gave me over the past few weeks at the shelter, and I show this with nudges and purrs. I definitely love pats and cuddles, but I don't like being picked up much.

I like exploring high and low, so if you have a tall scratching post, you will find me up there most days surveying the home around me. I'm definitely not a recluse though, as I like spending my time with my family.

If you need a purring friend for 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

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bruiser's Best Buds; Bonnie, Female, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cross / Terrier



Hurray! It's Friday, and you know what that means... You get to meet another of my Best Buds! Introducing my fabulous friend, Bonnie.

Bonnie had a little bit of a bumpy start to life, coming to the shelter with a fractured tibia and a broken heart. The fantastic staff at the shelter worked around the clock to get her all better and ready for a loving family.

Bonnie and I absolutely adore hanging out, frolicking in the garden or napping together on a lazy afternoon. She does get a long with other small and medium dogs, and needs to go to a new home where she will have another furry friend to keep her company when you're away.

She definitely knows how to turn on her doggy charm and get her own way. She will need a older family that will continue her training; she can sit at the moment, but she's a smart cookie and I know she can do so much more.

If this sweet little face is just melting you heart, like my face does to Elle, then  you can adopt Bonnie from the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona; 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, (02) 9770 7555.

Please call the shelter to meet Bonnie as she is located in foster care and available by appointment only. You can also email ldovey@rspcansw.org.au Mon - Thurs or volunteer@rspcansw.org.au Friday and weekends.

Legally Blonde The Musical and RSPCA NSW have come together to help find homes for Bruiser’s Best Buds.  Chihuahua star Bruiser may be in the spotlight, but he’s hoping to use his stardom to help highlight RSPCA NSW shelter animals in need of homes.  Bruiser’s Buds are cute and affectionate – some are even blonde!  But all of them are looking for love and can’t wait to find their forever homes. Bruiser knows that adopting a pet is a long term commitment, and should be considered carefully.  Thankfully, expert staff at the RSPCA can help potential new owners find pets to match their lifestyle. For more information about RSPCA animals available for adoption, visit:www.adoptapet.com.au or call (02) 9770 7555.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Mt Druitt Local Court

  Photograph taken on day of seizure 4 June 2012.

A Sydney woman appeared at Mt Druitt Local Court for sentencing on 23 August 2012. She pleaded guilty to three charges of animal cruelty to her male Bull Arab dog.

On 4 June 2012, RSPCA Inspectors investigated a complaint in regards to a dog at a property in Blackett. Inspectors seized a male Bull Arab dog in very poor body condition. Veterinary examination confirmed the dog was emaciated, with profound loss of muscle. The dog had little vision, an ulcerated wound on the right ear and wounds on his flanks and genitals. He also had an internal worm burden and was anemic.

After veterinary treatment and feeding of proper and sufficient food there was marked improvements to the dog’s body condition. By 30 July 2012 the dog had gained 32% of his original body weight from when he arrived at the RSPCA. The dog was also resolved of anemia after treatment for internal parasites.

The woman was convicted and fined $500 for failing to provide proper and sufficient food, $500 for failing to provide vet treatment for a worm burden and $500 for failing to provide vet treatment for fly bitten ears. RSPCA was awarded $2549.76 veterinary costs, $1027.50 boarding costs and $83 court costs (total fines $1500; total costs $3660.26).

RSPCA received a total of $4410.26 and custody of the dog. The woman was placed on a Section 9 Good Behaviour Bond for two years and was prohibited from owning any animals for three years.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Diesel, Male, Australian Cattledog


Whoever said life was boring clearly hasn't met me! My name's Diesel, and I'm about to bring a whole lot of excitement and fun into your lives!

I'm a very active guy looking for an equally active family to spend my summers, running a long the beach, and winters trekking through forests to our cabin. I really enjoy getting out and about every day, either a daily run, or if you aren't up to running (yet!), then two daily walks.

Now I may not know what e=mc2 means, but I can probably learn. I've been told I'm super smart; I already know how to sit, and I really want to learn more. I love learning and getting the ol noggin a ticking, I think it has something to do with my ancestry of working dogs. We just want to work alongside our family so much and make them happy.

With all this energy, I can get a little excited so will need to learn manners as well. Also, any pocket pets and cats can get a little scared of my exuberance, so we can't live together. I can live with other dogs, but we will need to meet at the shelter first to make sure we get a long.

If you want a smart, funny and full of energy friend in your lives, 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

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Caturday; Button, Female, Domestic Short Hair


Hi there my sweet Saturday morning friends! My name's Button, and yes, you guessed it, I'm as cute as a button! Sorry couldn't resist :3

I've been told I'm definitely still a kitten, doing all the things that kittens do.... Wait, is that a toy? Oh my gosh! Throw it! Yay, chase it, catch it, throw it, catch it again... sorry, got distracted there. I definitely love my toys, fluffy ones, small ones, sparkly ones, you name it, I love it. I also like a good scratching post too, hopefully my new home will have one.

As well as loving my toys, I want to love my new family, and will show it everyday with kitten smooshes and lots of purrs. I like being near my family throughout the day, and, if they like it too, sleep on their bed at night.

If your shirt, or house, is missing a much needed button, 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

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bruiser's Best Buds; Tippy, Female, Chihuahua cross Corgie



Good bark-ternoon everyone! Hope your day is treating you sweetly, and if it's not, I know someone that can sweeten it for you. Introducing Tippy, my sweet as sugar gal pal.

Tippy is a gorgeous little lady looking for a fabulous home and family to call her own. She had a little bit of a rough start to life, but she hasn't let that affect her sweetness one bit. She will happily spend her days trotting around the house and garden with her family, or find herself a comfy spot to catch some zzz's.

Tippy gets along with just about everyone we have met, dogs, cats and well behaved children. Although she has lived with them all, I think she deserves to be in a house where she gets all the attention, and when you meet this little lady, I think you will totally agree with me.

If you need a little sweetness in your life, then you can find and adopt Tippy 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

Legally Blonde The Musical and RSPCA NSW have come together to help find homes for Bruiser’s Best Buds.  Chihuahua star Bruiser may be in the spotlight, but he’s hoping to use his stardom to help highlight RSPCA NSW shelter animals in need of homes.  Bruiser’s Buds are cute and affectionate – some are even blonde!  But all of them are looking for love and can’t wait to find their forever homes. Bruiser knows that adopting a pet is a long term commitment, and should be considered carefully.  Thankfully, expert staff at the RSPCA can help potential new owners find pets to match their lifestyle. For more information about RSPCA animals available for adoption, visit:www.adoptapet.com.au or call (02) 9770 7555.

RSPCA Senior Pets Need Love Too

Twelve-year-old Jack Russell Terrier crossbreed Abby was adopted on Thursday 30/8/12. She has settled in wonderfully and her owners are happy they chose an older dog from the RSPCA.

Too often, older animals end up in the RSPCA’s care that are unwanted, surrendered by their owners or sometimes even abondoned or injured. Older pets at the shelter are usually more difficult to rehome, but they make loving companions. Providing an older animal with a happy and comfortable home for their final years can be a rewarding experience.

RSPCA NSW staff think adopting an older animals is great as they have established their behviours, require less training and — despite their age — can still be very playful and energetic.

“Older pets make great companions — they are usually calm, gentle and love spending time with the family,” said RSPCA NSW Shelter Manager Adam Farrugia.“They are more settled in their behaviours and you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks!”

“It is more difficult to rehome older pets as a lot of people are concerned about getting attached to the animal and them passing soon after,” said Mr Farrugia. “It takes a special someone to acknowledge that the animal deserves to spend their last years being a happy and loved family member — rather than waiting in a shelter environment.”

Twelve-year-old Jack Russell Terrior crossbreed Abby is an example of a “Golden Oldie” who was recently in need of a good home. She came to the RSPCA Hunter Shelter in Rutherford as a stray and was tranferred to the RSPCA Sydney Shelter in Yagoona to increase her chances of being rehomed. Her original owners surrendered her, but she was lucky enough to get another chance with a new owner.

“I just can’t get over how energetic Abby is at twelve years old!” her new owner said. “We wanted to adopt an older dog to keep our four-year-old Jack Russell company whilst we are at work. She fits in so well and we all love her to pieces.”

“Older dogs are great for older people who don’t want to worry about the puppy stage — where they pull everything off the clothes line, aren’t toilet trained and take up all of your spare time.”

Smaller breed dogs can live up to 18 years old so have many years to give to their new owners. Animals over eight years old are Golden Oldies and they are $100 to adopt.

There are currently 13 senior pets available for adoption in NSW. To know more, please visit www.adoptapet.com.au

Thursday, September 6, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Fairfield Local Court

 Black Baldy cow with lame right hind leg. Photograph taken on 29 February 2012.

A local Horsley Park man was sentenced at Fairfield Local Court on 4 September 2012 for two charges of animal cruelty. The man's son was present at court on his behalf. His solicitor formally entered a guilty plea for the man for two counts of animal cruelty towards his Black Baldy cow.

The man had previously faced animal cruelty charges in 2011 when he pled guilty to 22 charges of animal cruelty relating to over 40 cattle. This case resulted in two charges of aggravated cruelty in regards to a cow suffering from a cancerous tumour of the eye and a calf found barely alive. He paid fines and was ordered to possess a maximum of 85 animals.

On 29 February 2012, due to another complaint received, RSPCA Inspectors revisited the property in Horsley Park to inspect a large herd of cattle. One Black Baldy cow was found to have a lame right hind leg. The RSPCA issued a written notice to have a qualified veterinarian examine the cow by Monday 5 March 2012.

On 6 March 2012 RSPCA Inspectors returned to the property to inspect the cow’s condition. The man did not arrange veterinary treatment for the cow and it was found to still be lame. RSPCA Inspectors called a qualified vet to examine the cow at the property. The Veterinarian confirmed that the cow was extremely lame on her right hind leg due to a rubber band which was found embedded in the flesh of the foot causing a lesion, swelling and foot rot. Another cow and steer were inspected and treated by the veterinarian on site and the RSPCA and vet returned to treat a lame Black Angus Bull. RSPCA identified that the man had approximately 120 cattle, five Terrier dogs and several chickens on his property.

The man was found guilty of failing to provide vet treatment and failing to exercise reasonable care for his cow. He was fined $800 and ordered to pay the RSPCA’s costs of $2215.52. Moiety was granted to the RSPCA.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Sutherland Local Court

Photograph taken on day of seizure, 24 May 2012

A local woman from Sydney failed to appear at Sutherland Local Court for sentencing on Wednesday 29 August 2012. In her absence she was found guilty of two counts of failing to provide vet treatment to her female Golden Retriever.

On 17 April 2012, RSPCA Inspectors responded to a complaint about a dog with a severe ear infection in South Hurstville. The officers saw one female Golden Retriever in poor body condition, with live adult fleas on her body, fur loss and a white thick discharge coming out of both ears and down the side of the dog’s face. The woman was instructed to seek veterinary care for her dog within the week. She advised RSPCA Inspectors that the dog had seen a vet. She failed to carry out instructions from her vet to seek further veterinary treatment after administering ten days of medication to her dog.

RSPCA Inspectors returned to the property on 24 May 2012 to inspect the dog’s condition. They found that the dog still had a serious infection in both ears and still had fleas on her body. Subsequently the animal was seized and taken to the RSPCA Shelter for further veterinary examination. The RSPCA veterinarian confirmed that the dog was suffering from a severe bacterial infection in both ears, suffered from chronic skin disease and had a live infestation of fleas.

The woman was fined $600 for failing to provide veterinary treatment for an ear infection and $600 for failing to provide veterinary treatment for a flea infestation. Moiety was granted to the RSPCA. She was ordered to pay $3310 in animal care costs, $175.18 in professional costs and $83 in court costs. She was also prohibited from owning any animal for a period of two years. Custody of the dog was awarded to the RSPCA.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Banjo, Male, German Shepherd Cross


Everybody needs a bit of music in their lives, and I couldn't think of a better way to introduce it into your lives than me! Banjo!

I may not actually be that musical, but I'm just as loveable and looking for a family to call my own. I'm a super friendly boy looking for a family that likes to get out and about and see the world. With all this energy I need to go for a daily walk, although we will probably need to work on my manners. I'm just so dang excited to get out there and sniff everything!

As well as being friendly with everyone I meet, I'm also friendly with my fellow canine companions. If your family has another furbaby, I'm sure we will be the best of friends, although we need to meet first to make sure.

If you're after a friendly fellow, who is seeking a friendly 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

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Caturday; Dennis, Male, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Hello there chaps! The name's Dennis, but I am the furthest thing from a menace.

I'm a fairly laid back sort of cat, that couldn't think of anything better then sitting down, chilling out, and being close to my loved ones. I love afternoon snuggles with my family as much as I love the afternoon sun on a quiet Sunday.

I've done the whole kitten thing, so toys don't interest me as much as they used to. I'm probably better off with a mature family or older couple looking for cat smooches. I can be a little finicky with other cats, so would prefer to be the only cat at home.

If you are looking for a chilled out chap that has all the time in the world for hugs, 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