Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dogs and decibels don't mix

RSPCA NSW is reminding animal owners to keep their pets safe during New Year’s Eve fireworks tonight. Fireworks typically explode at a staggering 145-150 decibels, but to animals such as dogs, who have hearing ten times as sensitive as humans, these explosions can be terrifyingly loud and distressing.

With many animals having a fear of fireworks, they often injure themselves trying to escape the noise. In a frantic bid to flee, dogs often jump or dig under fences and find their way onto busy roads and highways and can be struck by vehicles and fatally injured.

If you can, it’s best to stay home with your pet and provide them with a comfortable environment and engage them in normal activities.  If you won’t be home, make sure your pets are safe, secure and comfortable; bring them indoors, if possible.

Here are RSPCA NSW’s five simple steps to minimise fireworks stress in pets:

  • Ensure your pets are exercised and well-fed before fireworks commence.
  • Keep your animals indoors in a safe and comfortable environment.
  • Leave the TV or radio on to mask out the sound of fireworks.
  • Wherever your pet may be, remove any sharp objects that might cause injury to a panicking animal.
  • If your pet is particularly prone to fireworks panic, stay at home with them.

Always make sure your pets are wearing ID tags and their microchip details are up-to-date in case they do flee the noise.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Will you adopt our 3000th animal?

RSPCA NSW’s Sydney Shelter at Yagoona is seeking 25 homes for animals in its care before the end of 2013 to reach a significant 3,000 adoptions for the calendar year.

The person who adopts the 3,000th animal will receive a special 12 month veterinary and care package for their new pet as a way of RSPCA NSW saying thank you for the generosity of the community in helping it reach this milestone. The package includes a veterinary consult at adoption, free six and 12 month health checks and free worming, flea and heartworm prevention for the first 12 months.

“2013 has been a milestone year for RSPCA NSW’s Sydney Shelter in so many ways, so we’d like to see the year out with our 3000th animal finding its new fur-ever home before we ring in the new year and reset the adoption tally for 2014,” said Brendon Neilly, Executive Manager, Animal Care Services, RSPCA NSW.

The holidays are a great time to adopt a new family member with most people taking time off work and kids on school holidays providing the perfect time to bond with your new pet.

Those thinking of adopting are encouraged to visit the RSPCA NSW Sydney Shelter at Yagoona or log on to www.adoptapet.com.au

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Festive foods far from pet friendly

On Christmas eve, RSPCA NSW is reminding pet owners around the state of the perils of festive foods for animals with common Christmas fare among some of the most dangerous for pets to consume.

“Pet owners could find themselves spending Christmas at a veterinary emergency hospital if their animal overindulges in festive foods,” said RSPCA NSW Chief Veterinarian Dr Magdoline Awad.

“Don’t share human food and drinks with your pets at Christmas, as what may not affect you may be toxic to your pet,” Dr Awad added.

Festive foods to avoid feeding your pets:

  • Pork/ham can cause pancreatitis, intense pain and shock.
  • Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhoea  and seizures in dogs.
  • Macadamia nuts can cause severe abdominal pain, increased heart rate and inability to walk.
  • A fruit cake's raisins, currants and grapes are toxic to dogs' kidneys and can make them lethargic, and cause vomiting and increased thirst. Fruit cakes also often contains alcohol which can also be toxic.
  • Alcohol can cause intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing and even coma and/or death in pets.
  • Onions can cause red blood cells to burst, leading to anaemia.
  • Avocado can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and heart congestion in dogs.
  • Coffee can be fatal to dogs, causing vomiting and seizures.
  • Paracetamol can be fatal to pets, especially cats. 
  • Xylitol, a common ingredient in sugarless gum, is poisonous to dogs and can cause weakness, lethargy, vomiting, seizures and liver failure.

Handbags can be a big danger for pets as many contain sugarless gum, pain medication and antidepressants. 

All recreational drugs should also be kept out of reach of pets.

You can purchase a variety of pet-friendly food and Christmas treats including festive biscuits at RSPCA NSW partner organisation Petbarn.

Monday, December 23, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Bulldog breeder sentenced to 400 hours community service after three-year legal battle

A Mt Pritchard man appeared in Ryde Local Court last Thursday to face seven charges of animal cruelty relating to one horse, two cats and 16 Bulldogs in his care. He pleaded guilty to six out of the seven charges and was found guilty of the final charge (for failing to provide veterinary treatment for a horse) and was convicted. He was ordered to serve 400 hours community service, placed on two separate five-year Good Behaviour Bonds and banned from owning more than eight animals for five years.

RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended a property in Mt Pritchard on 24 December 2010 in response to a complaint about the condition of a horse.  In addition to the mare, RSPCA NSW Inspectors found kennels housing British Bulldogs and French Bulldogs.

A veterinarian was called to the property to immediately examine several animals.  The horse, two cats and sixteen Bulldogs were seized and transported by Inspectors for further veterinary treatment.

The dogs suffered a range of conditions including dry eye, cherry eye, glaucoma, ear infections, fly bitten ears, skin problems and overgrown nails.  The cats had matted coats, flea burdens and one had conjunctivitis.  The mare failed to respond to treatment for extreme   starvation, multiple wounds and lameness and was euthanased on humane grounds.

During a recorded interview, the man made admissions that he was the person responsible for the care of the animals.

He was convicted of seven charges of animal cruelty: Failure to provide veterinary treatment for a horse (one charge), Failure to provide veterinary treatment for two cats (one charge), Failure to provide reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty for two cats (one charge), Failure to provide veterinary treatment for 16 Bulldogs (two charges), Failure to provide reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty for 13 Bulldogs (two charges).

The man was placed on two Section 9 five-year Good Behaviour Bonds and a prohibition order was enforced banning him owning more than eight animals for a period of five years. He was ordered to pay $70,000 in costs and $44,000 in vet/boarding costs.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tips for surviving the Christmas season

Christmas is a time of cheer for humans, but for pets it can mean a change in routine, new and potentially dangerous objects around the house, more visitors entering the house, higher noise levels, not to mention all those great smells wafting from the kitchen.

Many of the things that make Christmas a time of cheer can impact and pose a threat to the health of our pet. Read our tips below to prevent your pet from requiring a visit to the vet these holidays. Additionally, keep an eye on your pet and if it exhibits any abnormal behaviour which could indicate a health problem, take it to the vet immediately.

My pet loves playing with Christmas decorations. How can I decrease the risk of illness or injury?

Christmas trees, decorations such as ribbon and tinsel, and presents all pose a risk to the health of many pets if consumed.
  • Some pets are attracted to sparkly items and will paw them or chew them. Keep an eye on your pet for such behaviour and put any sparkly items well above its reach. Things to beware of are flickering tree lights, tinsel, sparkly ribbon or wrapping paper and small and sparkly ornaments.
  • Round ball-like decorations may seem similar to a tennis ball to your dog, however, if broken in the mouth, the shards of plastic or glass can cause lacerations to the tongue and intestines and require surgery. Avoid hanging such ornaments or locate them only towards the top of the tree where your dog can’t reach them.
  • Beware of what you hang on your tree. Edible treats such as candy canes or chocolate may be attractive to your pet and harmful if consumed.
  • Cats in particular love string, and tinsel can seem like a very attractive toy. If dogs or cats eat tinsel it can pose an extreme risk to their health, obstructing the intestines and often creating a surgical emergency. Symptoms may include: decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, listlessness and weight loss.
Can I feed my pet Christmas food scraps?

You should always remember that pets are not humans and have different digestive systems to us. Make sure any food that you give your pet is in keeping with its standard diet.

Christmas is a time of giving, but some of us tend to get carried away when it comes to providing our pets with treats. Many human foods can cause serious illness to our four legged friends, take caution when choosing what treats to give your pet.

Turkey, ham, and all meats
  • Most cooked meats are ok to feed to dogs and cats in small quantities
  • Do not feed your dog or cat cooked bones (they can splinter easily and damage your dog’s throat and intestines).
  • Keep the meat scraps free of gravy and marinades (while we enjoy pepper, chilli, soy sauce and fats, these items may upset your pets stomach).
Chocolate, Lollies and Christmas Pudding
  • Chocolate: The ingestion of chocolate by pets can result in vomiting, diarrhoea and hyperactivity, as well as muscle twitching, increased urination or excessive panting. Chocolate contains a naturally occurring stimulant called theobromine; extreme poisoning can kill your pet.
  • Christmas Pudding: Many pets have intolerances to dairy foods so Christmas pudding is not safe to feed your pet. Grapes and raisins can also be toxic to pets; so reach for a pet-food treat instead.
  • Lollies: and sugar-free sweet products can contain Xylitol which is highly toxic to pets. Just a small amount can cause lethargy, loss of balance, permanent brain damage, liver failure and death.
If you want to give your pet treats, purchase specially made treats for pets such as gourmet biscuits or check the pet food section of your supermarket.

What else should I be cautious of around the festive season?
  • Christmas Plants and Flowers such as Poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe and holly are poisonous to your pets. Make sure they are out of their reach, as consumption could result in illness or death
  • Fireworks: Many pets experience distress and anxiety during fireworks displays and as a result try to escape. Events such as Carols by Candlelight and New Years Eve often include a fireworks display, so caution should be taken during this period.
How can I make Christmas safe and comfortable for my pet?
  • After unwrapping the presents, quickly clean up any plastic, ribbons and bows that could strangle or be swallowed by your pet.
  • If you are going out or expecting visitors, exercise your pet before they arrive so that it is restful and happy to nap once the festivities start
  • Let your pet have a quiet spot to itself if you have visitors or the house gets noisy; pets need a rest and some quiet time too or they can become stressed and anxious.
How can I make Christmas special for my pet?

We love our pets, and during Christmas time you may experience the urge to make them feel extra special. Here are some tips on treating your pet in a safe and healthy way:
  • Change the way you feed your pet: On Christmas day create a treasure hunt through the house or garden for its regular dry food.
  • Mix its regular food with a treat: small treat food such as mixing dry biscuits with some tinned food
  • Recipes for making edible treats and meals for many varieties of pet are widely available on the internet. Use your common sense to make sure there is nothing in the recipe that might upset your pet’s stomach.
  • Games: Spend extra quality time with your pet by playing games or going for extra walks.
Source: http://www.rspcavic.org/health-and-behaviour/seasonal-health/christmas/

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hot enough for you?

While today may seem pretty warm, the temperature is going to keep climbing over the next few days. Here are our top ten tips to keep your pets cool and comfortable during the coming hot weather:
  • Water — ensure your pets have plenty of fresh water, kept in a cool place. Place an extra bowl out during hot temperatures, in case one gets knocked over
  • Shade — make sure that your pet has access to some form of shade, for example a veranda or patio if there is no shade in the backyard
  • Tasty treats — freeze some of your pet’s food in a take away container to make a delicious doggie ice-block and leave it to gradually defrost during the day
  • Fight fleas — keep your pet’s flea treatment up to date and for dogs with hairless ear tips (like German Shepherds), apply fly ointment to prevent fly bite
  • Terminate ticks — a particular problem in hot weather, search your pet daily and apply preventative treatments or a tick collar
  • Vaccinations — ensure that your dog is vaccinated, parvovirus is activated in warmer weather
  • Sunscreen — don’t allow white, fair-skinned or pets with pink noses, to sunbake in the yard during the middle of the day. Apply zinc to the noses and ears of pets prone to sunburn
  • Grooming — clip/trim long-haired dogs to keep them cool
  • Chill out — if you have air conditioning, but your dog or cat is usually outside, consider bringing them inside
  • Wait to walk — do not exercise dogs in the middle of the day as this can lead to heat stress. Wait until later in the evening when temperatures drop. After all you wouldn’t go for a run if it was 45 degrees!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No room at the Inn. RSPCA's three wishes this christmas as shelters near capacity

This weekend all RSPCA NSW shelters and Care Centres around the state will reduce the adoption price for ALL animals by 50 percent in an attempt to find new homes for as many animals as possible before Christmas. The reduction is in response to a significant pre-Christmas influx of animals that is already putting a strain on RSPCA NSW resources.

An additional 4,000 animals arrive at RSPCA NSW shelters over the Christmas and New Year period. Many of these animals have been part of the family for years and — through no fault of their own — are surrendered because the owners are going on holidays or no longer want them around.

As a result of this influx, RSPCA NSW has three simple Christmas wishes this year:
  1. Adopt — come in to one our shelters or Care Centres and adopt one of the many animals we have waiting to find their fur-ever homes before Christmas
  2. Donate — visit http://rspcaguardianangel.com.au and make a donation to the RSPCA’s annual Christmas appeal. You can also make a donation on someone else’s behalf
  3. Fosterbecome an RSPCA NSW foster carer and temporarily take care of some of our youngest and most vulnerable animals until they are old enough to find new homes
RSPCA NSW is already experiencing a significant increase in the amount of kittens being brought into shelters with the onset of cat breeding season due to the warmer weather and urgently needs additional foster carers.

“Along with the increase in surrenders that happen over this period, we are currently also in the middle of cat breeding season, which causes even more strain on our busy shelters,” said Brendon Neilly, Executive Manager, Animal Care Services, RSPCA NSW.

“We have already experienced a 306% jump in incoming kittens between September and October and the numbers continue to rise as the weather gets warmer,” Neilly added.

The 50 percent discount on adoption animals is valid this Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December 2013 at all RSPCA NSW shelters and Care Centres around the state. To find your nearest shelter or Care Centre visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au. Animals will also be available for adoption through select Petbarn stores around NSW.

Donations to RSPCA NSW’s Guardian Angel Christmas appeal can be made at: http://rspcaguardianangel.com.au.

To find out more about become an RSPCA NSW foster carer, visit: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/get-involved/become-a-foster-carer.

Animal (onesie) lovers

The Commonwealth Bank’s new vision encourages staff to consider the wellbeing of people and communities, and recently this extended to the animals and wildlife that had been affected by bushfires.

Animal lovers Silvia and Rabia came up with the idea of raising funds through wearing animal onesies for a day, with the bonus being that if the team raised over $500, their Executive Managers had to wear one too. Naturally this was a big driver for them to get as much money as possible!

The event raised $715, and CBA’s subsidiary company, Count Financial, also donated $500 for the cause. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Patches, Female, Australian Cattle Dog crossbreed


ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: 20-year ban for Mt Warrigal woman for aggravated animal cruelty


A Mount Warrigal woman appeared in Wollongong Local Court on Thursday to face one charge of aggravated animal cruelty against a female Staffordshire crossbreed dog in her care. The woman pleaded guilty and was convicted. She was fined and ordered to report to Wollongong Police for fingerprinting and a 20-year prohibition order was imposed.

On Thursday 15 August 2013 an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Mount Warrigal in response to a complaint about a dog. The Inspector had attended the property on a previous occasion regarding the same dog.

Upon arrival the Inspector observed the dog lying fully stretched out against the rear fence. The dog had a large amount of pus and blood oozing from a lump on the bridge of its nose, between its eyes; that was running down the side of its face into its mouth.

The dog was also in an emaciated body condition, with hair loss and around its rump and thickened skin around its tail and rear legs. As the dog struggled to breathe, fresh pus could be seen purging from the abscess on its face as the dog struggled to exhale air, with a foul putrid smell emanating from the dog.

The dog was immediately seized and taken for veterinary treatment.

On Friday 23 August 2013, the RSPCA NSW Inspector returned to the Mount Warrigal property and interviewed the owner. During the interview the woman stated reluctance to take the dog to a vet as she feared being told it required euthanasia. She also stated that she felt the dog wasn’t suffering and was attending to its wounds herself.

Veterinary records obtained by RSPCA NSW showed that the Mount Warrigal woman had attended for a consult on 9 January 2013 and antibiotics were prescribed for the dog with a re-assessment recommended in seven days. The woman did not return the dog to the veterinary hospital for further treatment.

The dog was humanely euthanased as it was deemed too cruel to keep her alive due to the severity of her medical conditions.

The Mount Warrigal woman was convicted of one charge of aggravated animal cruelty, fined $5,000 and $456 in court fees and placed on a 2-year Good Behavour Bond. The woman was ordered to report to Wollongong Police within seven days for fingerprinting and she was also banned from owning, purchasing, acquiring or caring for any animal for 20 years

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank you Bayer

In September, Bayer offered us a large quantity of the antibiotic Clavubactin – representing a saving for us of over $40,000. The antibiotic will help ensure the animals we look after receive the best possible medical care and has been distributed to our four veterinary clinics across NSW.

Bayer also supported us during the recent NSW bushfires by donating antibiotics and worming treatments which our staff had on-hand at the evacuation centres.

A big thanks to Bayer and their continued support of our shelters, clinics and animals.

Game of musical chairs goes awry for cow on Appin property!

RSPCA NSW Inspectors responded to a call yesterday regarding a cow on a property in Appin, in Sydney’s South West. On arrival Inspectors found a female cow precariously imprisoned in a plastic patio chair.

The chair was inhibiting the cow’s ability to eat and drink and required immediate removal.

RSPCA NSW Inspectors tranquilised the cow before moving in to delicately remove the piece of furniture from around her neck.

“We’re not sure how the cow came to be imprisoned by the plastic chair, but left unattended she would have become severely dehydrated,” said Aaron Purcell, RSPCA NSW Inspector. “Other members of the herd were also visibly distressed by the cow’s predicament with several of them trying to remove the chair with their noses,” Purcell added.

Check out the GoPro video of the rescue below:


This is the second incident in which RSPCA NSW Inspectors were required to remove an item from the head of a cow. In June 2013, Inspectors had to free a cow from a fibreglass toilet on a property in Bringelly.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents on, or near rural properties, to take care with the disposal of household items as they can become hazardous to livestock and pets,” Purcell concluded.

The cow is expected to make a full recovery.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Scottish Terriers left in terrible condition by Inverell woman

An Inverell woman appeared in Inverell Local Court on Friday to face four charges of animal cruelty against two dogs in her care. The woman pleaded guilty and was convicted on all charges, fined and ordered to report to local Police for fingerprinting.

On Wednesday 17 October 2012, RSPCA NSW received a complaint about two Scottish Terrier dogs in a laneway in Inverell. The complainant was so concerned about the welfare of the two dogs that they took them to a local veterinarian for immediate treatment.

On Thursday 18 October, an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property adjoining the laneway and spoke with the woman. During this conversation the woman admitted ownership and responsibility of the two dogs.

The Inspector then attended the veterinary clinic where the two dogs were being treated and found them both to be severely dehydrated, emaciated, anaemic, matted and itching with hairless areas all over their bodies due to the dogs chewing their own skin.

The two dogs were temporarily delivered to the Gwydir Park Animal Refuge before the woman surrendered them to RSPCA NSW on Friday 19 October.

The Inverell woman was convicted of four charges of animal cruelty, fined $400 and placed on a 12-month Good Behavour Bond. She was also ordered to report to Inverell Police for fingerprinting and banned from owning more than one dog for a period of five years.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Woolworths, the good dog people


Woolworths distribution centre at Yennora recently donated 33 pallets of Woolworths Select dog chews to us.

As we don’t have the capacity to be able to store such a huge amount of stock, Woolworths has agreed to store the chews, and our neighbour, Masters at Chullora, will collect and distribute the pallets to our Sydney shelter as we need them.

The chews will be used by behavioural team as part of their dog rehabilitation training , by our Inspectors, and distributed to our shelters and branches across the State.

Thanks to Woolworths and Masters, the dogs in our care can look forward to yummy treats!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Discount Desexing and Health Checks - Walgett Shire Council


RSPCA NSW, in conjunction with the Walgett Shire Council and local Walgett and Lightning Ridge veterinarian Dr Enid CoupĂ©, will this week offer reduced-rate veterinary services to pensioners and lower income earners as part of RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS). The program will be available to eligible residents from today until the 28th November.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have had the ongoing support of both Walgett Regional Council and passionate local vet Enid CoupĂ©,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW Programs Veterinarian. “This is the second time this year that the program has visited Walgett and Lightning Ridge and we continue to see a decline in the dogs impounded in the Shire,” Withers added.

Walgett and Lightning Ridge residents can contact one of the participating veterinary clinics for more information:
  • Walgett Vet Clinic: 02 6828 1090
  • Lightning Ridge Vet Clinic: 6829 2199
RSPCA NSW’s CAWS will also visit the indigenous communities of Namoi and Ginsie, and will provide free vaccination services for animals of local residents. The program’s aim is to improve the health and safety of indigenous children and families by providing essential companion animal health services in rural indigenous communities that may not otherwise be able to attain them.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hunter Shelter to go 'FEE-FREE' this friday

Rosie is one of the many animals looking for their furever home
This Friday, RSPCA NSW Hunter Shelter in Rutherford will hold a ‘Fee-Free Friday.’ The day will offer free health checks and vaccinations for puppies and dogs of Hunter residents that hold a valid pension or concession card. The day will also be open to all of RSPCA NSW’s partner rescue groups in the Hunter who would like to take advantage of free vaccinations.

Residents of the Hunter who are looking for their next fur-baby are also encouraged to visit the shelter and take advantage of half-price adoption rates on all adoption dogs until Sunday afternoon and new ‘purr’manently reduced cat adoption prices.

‘Fee Free Friday’ continues RSPCA NSW’s work in the Hunter region to combat parvovirus, which is at epidemic levels in and around the area. Virbac Disease Watchdog reports the current outbreak of parvovirus in NSW to be the worst in ten years.

“Recent heavy rainfall in the Hunter region, coupled with the early onset of summer conditions, has created a perfect environment for the activation of the virus,” said Dr Magdoline Awad, Chief Veterinarian, RSPCA NSW. “The virus can live in the environment for up to a year and the only way that it can be prevented is through vaccination,” Awad added.

Residents of the Hunter who would like to have their puppies and dogs vaccinated are encouraged to visit RSPCA NSW’s Hunter Shelter this Friday 22 November between 10am and 3pm. Each vaccination includes a free health check and other freebies such as dog treats, flea control and toys.

Executive Manager of Animal Care Services, Brendon Neilly has also extended the invitation to all of RSPCA NSW’s Hunter rescue partners, “We will be inviting our partner rescue groups in the Hunter to come to the Rutherford facility on Friday to take advantage of this free vaccination service.”

RSPCA NSW recently formalised its relationships with several animal rescue groups in the Hunter in an effort to increase the amount of animals that are rehomed in the region.

RSPCA NSW will also have its ‘Snaggin Waggin’ on site providing a free BBQ lunch to all who visit the Hunter Shelter in Rutherford on Friday.
  • WHAT: Fee-Free Friday
  • WHERE: RSPCA NSW Hunter Shelter 6-10 Burlington Place, Rutherford
  • DATE: Friday 22 November, 2013
  • TIME: 10am - 3pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Odin, Male, Siberian Husky Crossbreed

Roof roof! My name's Odin and I'm looking for a furever friend and family.

I really like making lots and lots of friends, especially when I'm out and about in the dog park or on my afternoon walk. Most people call me handsome and give me a good ear scratch which I like, but I really like saying hi to their canine companions.

I would love to go home with a super active hooman, as I like using all of this husky energy on adventures. I do like lounging around the house as well, but after we have played in the yard or come back from a day full of exploring and sniffing all the fun things.

Think you have some time, love and energy to spend on me, the come visit me at the RSPCA Hunter Shelter in Rutherford.


Monday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday to Sunday: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

You can make a real difference to animals in need this season, and help us through the Christmas crisis.

In making a donation or a gift donation for a friend, you become a Guardian Angel, watching over an animal in need this Christmas.

Become a Guardian Angel today

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Santa Paws is coming to town!

You better not scratch, you better not whine. You better not bark, I'm telling you why. Santa Paws is coming to town!

Each year Santa Paws stops by our shelters and care centres to bring a little Christmas cheer and pose for a photo or two. Whether you want to snap a happy Christmas photo with your furry friend or want to come spread the Christmas cheer among the shelter animals, we have several locations for you and the family to join in the fun.

Santa Paws has plenty of experience handling animals, from dogs, puppies, kittens and cats. He even has posed with a chicken and a of course, a horse! If your animal does get stressed in different surroundings or cannot be kept on a lead (cats/ birds/ pocket pets), please speak with the shelter staff. When booking at each of the shelters, please let them know who your furry or feathery friend will be in the photo.

To make sure you don't miss out on a fun day and festive photo with your furry friend, give the shelter or care centre a call to book your spot next to Santa Paws now.

Saturday 16th November
9am to 4pm
Dog Overboard - 10 Williams St Adamstown
Book through the Hunter Shelter: 02 4939 1555

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November
9am to 4pm
Hunter Shelter - 6-10 Burlington Place Rutherford
Book through the Hunter Shelter: 02 4939 1555

Saturday 30th & Sunday 1st December
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December
10am to 3pm
Rouse Hill Care Centre - Rouse Hill Town Centre Windsor Rd Rouse Hill
Book through the Rouse Hill Care Centre: 02 8883 0622

Saturday 30th November & Saturday 7th December
10am to 3pm
Tuggerah Care Centre - Tuggerah Homemaker Centre Cnr Bryant Drive and Wyong Rd Tuggerah
Book through the Tuggerah Care Centre: 02 4351 3444

RSPCA Corporate Supporters

Lend Lease Community Day

Converting overgrown fields into three dog exercise yards is all in a day’s work for Lend Lease.

A team of twenty came to create, armed with all the materials, including fencing, kennels, shade cloths, sand and dog baths. It was a massive project, in very hot conditions. The project was not quite finished at the end of the first day - some shade cloth and fencing remained – so a team of six returned to the shelter to complete the job.

A huge thanks to all involved and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2014.

Bushfire support

The recent NSW bushfires showed just how much the community rallies around the care and protection of their animals.

RSPCA NSW put out a call for donations and was overwhelmed by the support received. Relief efforts were coordinated from the Sydney Shelter with our inspectors, vets, nurses and education team on the ground at the evacuation centres. We received collapsible cages, bowls, collars, leads, medications, food, enrichment toys, blankets, litter, poo bags, harnesses, treats and chews – you name it, we had it!

Thank you to:  Bayer Animal Health, Canobolas Family Pet Hospital Orange, Cenvet Australia, Hills Pet Nutrition, Hollard  Financial Services, IDEXX laboratories, Kong Company, M.I.A. Rural Services, Masterpet, Merial, Novartis Animal Health, Orange Couriers, Petsure, Procter & Gamble Pet Care, Provet NSW, Nestle Purina PetCare, Rogz, Thrifty Griffith, Troy Laboratories, Woolworths, Yenda Producers Co-operative, Virbac Animal Health, CopRice, Leeton, Elders Rural, Griffith and Rawlinson & Brown, Griffith

Legal eagles

International law firm Allen & Overy approached us in mid 2012 offering pro bono support, and the wheels really started turning in this relationship a few months later when our General Counsel started with us.

Allen & Overy have put in a phenomenal amount of hours overhauling our adoption agreements, and reviewing many more legal papers and contracts.

Thanks guys – your support means the world.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fires fill up RSPCA Hunter Shelter with stray and lost animals

Geo is one of the many animals looking for a home.

RSPCA NSW’s Hunter Shelter is calling on residents of the Hunter who may be looking for a new pet to consider adopting this weekend. This comes as a result of a recent influx of animals that have come into the RSPCA’s care following the bushfires and severe storms that have swept the region.

“We’ve literally encountered a perfect storm here in the Hunter,” said Brendon Neilly, Executive Manager of Animal Care Services. “We have 84 animals currently looking for new homes ― some of these as a result of the fires and the recent storms,” Neilly added.

RSPCA NSW is also encouraging Hunter pet owners that may have lost an animal during the recent fires to check with the Hunter Shelter, as it provides stray animal services to Maitland, Cessnock, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie councils.

“We’ve been working with many of the local rescue groups to relieve some of the stress on the Shelter, but we still have many wonderful animals here that are seeking new homes,” Neilly concluded.

The Hunter Shelter recently surpassed an adoption milestone, breaking its all-time record for the most number of adoptions in a calendar year with 1225 animals adopted so far in 2013.

Those who can’t adopt an animal can still support RSPCA NSW’s bushfire appeal by visiting the bushfire appeals page.

RSPCA NSW to formalise partnerships with rescue groups through MOU

As of the October, RSPCA NSW is beginning a process to formalise partnerships with animal rescue groups around the state. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been made available to all rescue groups who are interested in partnering with RSPCA NSW to assist with the rehoming of companion animals.

“For many years we have worked with over 30 animal rescue and welfare groups around the state,” said Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW CEO. “This process seeks to formalise those partnerships and help facilitate a uniform transfer process of animals from RSPCA’s care to the care of these groups. We also hope to form new partnerships and expand our network, increasing the number of animals that can be rehomed in NSW” Coleman added.

Rescue groups signing the MOU will have access to RSPCA NSW animals for a nominal fee and ownership of those animals will be transferred to the rescue group who are then at liberty to use their own networks and resources to find the most appropriate home for the animal.

All animals transferred to rescue group ownership will leave the RSPCA desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and with a full veterinary health check.

In the last financial year RSPCA NSW cared for 30,080 animals that came through its doors. Of these, 10,799 animals were rehomed and 1,246 were reunited with their owners. RSPCA NSW hopes to increase these figures with the formalisation of these partnerships with rescue groups.

Interested animal rescue groups who would like to receive and review a copy of the MOU are encouraged to contact Executive Manager of Animal Care Services, Brendon Neilly on 02 9770 7555 or email: communitypartners@rspcansw.org.au

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Caturday; O'Mally, Male, Black and White short hair

Helloooooo there! Are you my new play mate? My best friend furever?

I hope so as I would love to go home with a new family soon. I'm hanging out at the Care Centre and as lovely as the staff and volunteers are, I want to find a permanent play mate. I love to play around with both humans and cats (not dogs, yuck!) and couldn't imagine being any happier then when I'm playing.

After play time I always snuggle up in the closest lap, stretch my paws out and pull an arm over me to give me cuddles. I'm also quite good at kitty hugs by nudging my head into your chest or leg to show you how much I love you.

If you want a furry friend fur life, come adopt me from the RSPCA Tuggerah Care Centre,;T35 Tuggerah Supa Centa, Cnr Bryant Drive and Wyong Road, Tuggerah (02) 4351 3444


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

You can make a real difference to animals in need this season, and help us through the Christmas crisis.

In making a donation or a gift donation for a friend, you become a Guardian Angel, watching over an animal in need this Christmas.

Become a Guardian Angel today

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Milo, Male, American Staffordshire Terrier cross Mastiff

Woof woof! Hi there! My name's Milo and I'm looking for my furever family.

I came to the shelter as my last family could no longer look after me. I loved playing with the kids in the yard so hoping to find a family with kids that love to play. People think us staffys are super energetic and bouncy, but I'm pretty chilled out and know when to be calm.

Actually, I learnt some manners that seem to have people going gah gah over me! When I hear the words sit or shake I know exactly what to do, although maybe because I know a treats not far off ;) I also lived with a cat at my old house and know to be gentle or when he needed space, so wouldn't mind a new feline friend.

If you would love a dog that the whole family will get along with, come adopt me 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

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

You can make a real difference to animals in need this season, and help us through the Christmas crisis.

In making a donation or a gift donation for a friend, you become a Guardian Angel, watching over an animal in need this Christmas.

Become a Guardian Angel today

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Caturday; Donni, Male, Black and White

Hello there. My name is Donni and my brothers name is Danni and we are looking for our furever homes.

We came to the shelter together as our last owner passed away and no one was able to take us in. Danni and I have been together since we born over 12 years ago, and would love to go to a new home together. You may think 12 is old, but we have plenty of years of playing, snoozing and chilling out ahead of us.

We used to be allowed to hang out in the garden during the day, but we always came in for dinner in the night. We aren't really night owls anyway, and prefer to be sitting on a comfy bed or couch.

If you have the room in your home and heart for two older gents, you can find us at the RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter at 114 Flatrock Road, Mundamnia, (02) 4429 3410.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am to 12.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am to 11.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

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

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Donni and Danni a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, October 25, 2013

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

Huroo!!! My name is Chocolate and oh my golly are you my new family?

I absolutely love people, meeting people, making friends, young and old. Sometimes when I'm at the dog park, I forget about the other dogs and just go meet all the people hanging out. That's not to say I don't like other dogs, I just love people oh so much.

I would love to be a part of an active family that goes on weekend walks or spends their days at the dog beach. I am still learning it's not very nice to pull on the lead, but I promise I am getting better and better each day.

If you love the sweeter things in life, then you will love me, Chocolate! Come adopt me from the Central Coast shelter RSPCA Central Coast Shelter in Somersby; Lot 455 Reeves Road, Somersby, 2250, (02) 4372 2044


Monday to Tuesday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

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

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Chocolate a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: 57 dogs and two birds seized from squalid conditions in Penrose

A local Penrose woman appeared in Wollongong Local Court last Wednesday to face two charges of aggravated animal cruelty. 57 dogs and two birds had been seized from the woman property. The woman was convicted, placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond and banned from owning animals for a period of five years.

On Tuesday 27 November 2012, RSPCA Inspectors attended a property in Penrose after receiving a complaint about animals on the property.

The woman granted Inspectors access to her property and inside they observed 30-40 small breed dogs. The atmosphere in the house was stifling with a highly toxic smell of ammonia and the wooden floor was covered with a sludge of combined urine and faeces.

A total of 57 dogs and two birds were removed from the premises and subsequently surrendered to the RSPCA.

The animals were suffering from a variety of medical conditions including chronic skin conditions, ear infections, dental disease and several were in very poor body condition or were emaciated, with three dogs requiring euthanasia as they were in a condition that was cruel to be kept alive.

It was the opinion of the veterinarian that the animals had been in this condition for more than four weeks.

The Penrose woman was convicted of two charges of aggravated animal cruelty. She was placed on an 18-month Good Behaviour Bond and banned from owning animals for a period of five years.

CAWS kicks off in Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo

 RSPCA NSW and Lachlan Shire Council will again be offering reduced-rate veterinary services to pensioners and lower income earners as part of RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS). The program will be available to eligible residents between 29 – 31 October.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have had the ongoing support of Lachlan Shire Council,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW Programs Veterinarian. “This contact with the local community continues to build a culture of care and responsible pet ownership in Condoblin and Lake Cargellico regions and make a difference to people with living with animals in regional communities.” 

CAWS also advocates increasing awareness amongst community members and school-aged children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention.

“This program enables many residents of the district to have their pets desexed, vaccinated (dogs only) and microchipped at a very reduced price. This helps to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that are seen in the shire,” Dr Withers said.

To book in to see the RSPCA vets, call Willy Cunningham on 0427 952 547.

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Starving, flea-infested dogs awarded a second chance

Photo left: Dogs when seized from property. Photo right: One of the dogs after two months in RSPCA care.

A local Schofields man failed to appear in Blacktown Local Court on Friday 11 October and was found guilty of four charges of animal cruelty against two dogs. Custody of the dogs was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

In April 2013, an RSPCA Inspector attended a premises at Schofields in response to a complaint regarding two dogs in poor condition at the property. The Inspector saw a male brindle Mastiff crossbreed and a female red boxer, both in poor body condition with its hips and ribs clearly visible. The boxer was tethered to a post under the awning of the house. There didn’t appear to be any water available.

Closer inspection of both dogs revealed they were both carrying a heavy flea burden. After there was no answer at the house, both dogs were then seized under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act Section 24J.

Examination by a vet revealed both dogs to have a body condition score of 5 (where 1 is an ideal body condition and 5 is the most underweight), heavy flea infestation, mild dehydration and possible anaemia. The vet concluded it would have taken at least 21 days for the dogs to have reached such a poor condition.

The Inspector returned to the house on 19 April and spoke to the man who claimed ownership of the dogs and he refused to surrender them on that day, and again several days later.

By June both dogs had showed significant improvement under the care of RSPCA NSW.

The local Schofields man was convicted of two charges of failure to provide veterinary treatment of an animal and two charges of failure to provide proper and sufficient food to an animal. He was fined $6,000 and $6,945.37 in vet / boarding fees. Custody of the two dogs was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

Magpies attacked in Auburn, as the RSPCA call on help from Auburn residents for information

RSPCA NSW is calling for assistance from local Auburn residents following a spate of incidents involving Magpies in a local park.

Several birds have been found with their feet and bodies bound with string, hanging from trees in Grey Box Gum Reserve, on the corner of St Johns and Park Roads.

RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy reminded people that as a native species, magpies are protected throughout New South Wales and it is illegal to harm or kill the birds.

“Inflicting pain or distress on any animal or bird is an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and if convicted the guilty party can face a fine or even a jail sentence,” Chief Inspector OShannessy said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact RSPCA NSW on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) or visit the website: http://www.rspcansw.org.au/contact/report-a-cruelty-case

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NSW Bushfires - Caring for your pets during the fires

Picture: Wolter Peeters. Source www.smh.com.au
Smoke Inhalation:
Exposure to hot air and smoke will cause dehydration and will often damage your pets airways. If your pet is wheezing, coughing, or having difficulty breathing there is a high risk of developing pneumonia so if any of these signs are present owners should always have their pet examined by a veterinarian. Owners can minimise the risk by removing their pet from the smoky environment into fresh air where this is possible. Make sure your pet has access to cool water to drink as this will rehydrate them and will ease any irritation in the mouth or throat. Ice cubes are useful to cool the water. You pet should be kept in a calm and comfortable environment - confining your pet in a safe enclosed room of the house (for example a laundry or bathroom) is advised.

Transporting fire affected pets:
You pet should be confined preferably in a pet carrier. Air conditioning should be on as this will aid breathing. Make sure you have a supply of drinking water and a bowl in case you are held up along the way.

If you need to evacuate, take your animals to prearranged kennels or animal shelters outside the danger zone, or to family friends. If possible let your neighbours know about your evacuation plans and provide them with contact details.

If you need to leave your pet in the home for any reason ensure there is plenty of non-perishable food (for example dry food) and water in a spill proof container available. Make sure that your pet can access these easily. Put a notice in an obvious place saying that your pet is in the property.

If you are unable to leave (e.g. because of road blocks) a humidifier and/or fan can be used to provide moist, cool air to soothe your pet airways. If your pet is suffering from heat stress draping a loose, moist towel around the neck and across the back of your pet may also help. Be aware some animals will not tolerate this and if so do not do it as it will distress them further.

After the emergency:
Check your pets for any injuries and keep them indoors until you are satisfied the areas outside are safe. Dogs should be on a lead when they are allowed out to urinate or defecate.  Remove any hazards such as sharp objects, dangerous materials, live wires and contaminated water from around your house and yard prior to allowing pets outside off lead. Be aware that familiar areas and scents have changed which may confuse your pet causing some changes in its behaviour. Keep a close watch on your pet’s health and behaviour for the next few days and take them to your veterinarian if you have any concerns.

If your pet is lost:
Have the contact details for your local shelters, pound and veterinary practices handy and contact them daily.

For up to date information, please visit:

NSW Rural Fire Service: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
RSPCA Animal Evacuation Points: https://www.facebook.com/RSPCANewSouthWales
WIRES Wildlife Information: http://www.wires.org.au/
Department of Primary Industries: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/emergency/bushfire/current-situation/current

Busfire evac centre at Penrith Panthers 23/10/13

Monday, October 21, 2013

Emergency Planning

An emergency could happen at any time. It's critical you prepare now to ensure your animals are protected from disasters that may place your animals in danger, including bushfires, extreme weather and storms. We hope the information below is helpful and encourages you to not only prepare for an evacuation now, but implement a practice run through of your emergency evacuation plan before it's needed.

To find more useful information about planning for and responding to emergencies, evacuating with animals, recovering from emergencies, emergency animal disease and other useful articles, please visit the DPI (Deparment of Primary Industries) website.

In the event of a disaster, you will need to act quickly so a strategic plan for your animals is critical.

Preparing your pets for evacuation


Does your pet’s microchip details have your current contact information including your mobile phone number? If the disaster affects your local area, is your microchip alternative contact in a different suburb? Microchips will help reunite you with lost dogs, cats and horses if you become separated - confirm your pets' details are up-to-date.

Does your pet have clear identification including name and council registration tags? Fear may cause your animal to behave differently in an emergency situation, particularly if it can smell smoke or hear a disaster approaching. It may escape despite your best efforts, so clear identification with your pet’s name and your mobile number is critical.

Preventative medication
Is your pet fully vaccinated and wormed? Many boarding facilities will require proof of vaccination before accepting your pet for temporary accommodation.

Temporary accommodation
Where will you evacuate your pet to? Determine where you will evacuate your pets to now, whether that is a friend’s property or a boarding facility at an animal welfare shelter in a low risk area. When considering a shelter as a refuge for your pet, it's important to keep in mind summer is the busiest time of year for stray and abandoned animals and they may have limited capacity to assist. Contact your local RSPCA for more info.

Relocating your pet before a high risk day
Ensure your pet is contained when there is a high risk of emergency and consider relocating it as a precaution. It is safer to relocate your pet to temporary accommodation early rather than risking its safety.

Determining an emergency guardian
Identify someone close by who can action your evacuation plan if you are not home. This person may be a neighbour who is home during the day and a trusted person who you can leave keys with.

How will you transport your animals? Do you have a carry cage that is suitable for your small animals? Dogs and small animals should be kept with you (dogs on leads at all times) but cats are best relocated to temporary emergency accommodation for their own safety, such as a veterinary clinic, boarding facility or shelter. Transporting your horses will require more preparation so it is best to temporarily relocate or agist them on another property during high risk seasons.

Evacuation route
What route will you take to drive there and what if that route is blocked? Consider various access routes to exit the dangerous zones in your suburb.

Assembling a pet emergency kit

Ensure you have an emergency kit packed to provide for your pet’s needs. Refer to our emergency check list for a list of items you should pack in preparation.

If you have been advised by emergency services to stay in your home, it is crucial that you keep your pets with you and ensure your pet emergency kit is close at hand.

Preparing livestock and horses

Wherever you choose to evacuate livestock and horses, it is critical you do so early, use suitable transport and gather all the items needed for your animals’ stay including temporary fencing.

If you are unable to evacuate your livestock or horses, it's important you prepare a safe place for them to reside. This area should be large, have minimal vegetation, preferably contain a dam and have room for the animals to move freely. Confining livestock and horses or giving the animals access to roads may compromise their safety. If possible, please tag the side of your livestock or horses with an identification number.

Prepare your animals before leaving the property by providing access to food and clean water in containers that are resistant to fire. Remove any equipment that may cause discomfort or pose a greater risk during the emergency, including horse rugs.

Helping wildlife

For more information on assisting wildlife during a disaster, please contact WIRES.

For more information on disaster readiness, please contact the RFS, DPI, Australian Emergency Management and the Australian Red Cross.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Caturday; Chelsea, Female, Tabby / Tortoiseshell

Meow! My name's Chelsea and I'm looking for my furever home.

I came to the RSPCA pregnant and homeless. I was scared for my kittens and wanted to make sure they would be healthy. Thanks to the vets and foster carers at the RSPCA, I had my kittens and helped them grow up strong and healthy and they have now found their furver homes. Now it's my turn.

Even though I am a mother cat, I am still only 9 months old and very much a kitten. I love people and am happiest when I get to spend time with my family. I'll happily play with toys by myself, but my favourite thing is to curl up on a lap for cuddles.

Make me a part of your family now. Come adopt me from the Petbarn at Castle Hill. My address is: Unit 20, 13 Carrington Rd, Castle Hill NSW, or call (02) 9899 7122.


Monday , Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8.00am to 6.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Public Holidays: 9.00am to 5.00pm

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

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

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Chelsea a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween brings 'Tricks for Treats' to the RSPCA

RSPCA NSW Tricks 4 Treats at the Sydney Shelter 2012

Our RSPCA Shelters are currently experiencing a shortage of toys and treats for the animals in our care. With Halloween just around the corner, we hope our annual ‘Tricks for Treats’ initiative will encourage the public to donate pet-friendly treats and toys in the lead up to 31 October.

“Treats are a very important part of our positive reinforcement training methods with the animals,” said RSPCA Sydney Shelter Manager Adam Farrugia. “Shelter staff and volunteers practice obedience training with the animals on a daily basis, so treats are consumed quickly.”

While treats are used as a reward system for training, toys provide comfort and stimulation for animals staying in an unfamiliar environment. 

“Animals up for adoption at the RSPCA stay with us as long as it takes for them to find a new home,” said Mr Farrugia. “This means some animals are with us for quite a while, so we like to ensure they’re provided with toys that offer enrichment and comfort while they’re here.”

All donated dog and cat items can be dropped off at each of our shelters across New South Wales. If you would like to donate any toys or treats, you can drop them off at the following shelters:

Blue Mountains
121 - 125 Mort St
Katoomba NSW 2780
Broken Hill
South Rd
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Central Coast
Lot 455 Reeves Road
Somersby NSW 2250
Coffs Harbour
Dowsett Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Boothenba Road, Cnr Yarrandale Rd
Dubbo NSW 2830
6-10 Burlington Place
Rutherford NSW 2320
54 Industrial Road
Unanderra NSW 2526
114 Flatrock Road
Mundamia NSW 2541
71 William Street
Orange NSW 2800
Port Macquarie
10 Karungi Crescent
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
201 Rookwood Road
Yagoona NSW 2199
Tweed Heads
48 Boyd Street
Tweed Heads NSW 2485

NSW Bushfires 2013 - RSPCA assists animals of those affected by bushfires

RSPCA NSW is providing assistance wherever possible to assist the pets, livestock and wildlife that have been affected by the current bushfires throughout the state.

RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy said the RSPCA acts as a support agency to the Department of Primary Industries in these crises.

“Our Inspectors’ involvement has been liaising with people in fire-affected areas who haven’t been allowed back to their properties.  We’ve been allowed into the areas and have been checking on people’s animals, ensuring they’re safe and providing food and water where required,” Chief Inspector OShannessy said.

The RSPCA is also assisting pet owners at evacuation centres. For example last night at the Kings Park evacuation centre at Raymond Terrace, local RSPCA shelter staff assisted 56 animals on-site with health checks, veterinary assistance, blankets, water bowls, leads and food, as well taking in another 20 animals via the RSPCA Ambulance for emergency boarding.

RSPCA NSW has launched an appeal for donations to help it continue to assist animals throughout the bushfire crisis. To donate visit our donation page here or call 1300 777 221.

Friday Find-A-Friend; Simba, Male, Alaskan Malamute Crossbreed

Hurro there! Are you my new best friend?

My name's Simba and I'm looking for a best friend, a home and a family. I really like meeting new people and even shake hands with all the people I meet. Whenever I get to meet someone new, I can't help but smile and dance until I can give them a hug.

I really love going on walks on the cooler days and during the cooler times of the day. With all this fur it can get a little warm, so I need to keep my cool. If you could brush me a little too, it helps thin my coat and keeps me looking handsome.

Come give me a hug, shake my hand and make me your new best friend! I'm at the RSPCA Central Coast Shelter in Somersby; Lot 455 Reeves Road, Somersby, 2250, (02) 4372 2044


Monday to Tuesday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday to Sunday: 10.00am to 3.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-a-pet page here

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

Your gift of whatever you can afford will give animals like Simba a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Corporate Supporters - Bunnings & Colette

RSPCA shelters had a spring makeover recently, thanks to Bunnings. Almost $10, 000 worth of plants have brightened six of our shelters throughout the state: Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Hunter, Orange, Somersby and Sydney. When fully-grown the plants will provide a wind-break and shade for dog runs as well as improving the overall appearance of the shelters.
Sydney Shelter was also the lucky recipient of a table, chairs and a new gazebo top. Thank you Bunnings!

Fashion retailer Colette recently helped RSPCA cash in on the very popular trend of charity friendship bracelets. Made from blue and gold thread, highlighted by a gold ‘love’ charm, the bracelets were a popular choice with shoppers, who bought over 1,300 bracelets nationwide.
All profits from the sale of the bracelets were donated directly to RSPCA, with over $10,000 raised throughout Australia. NSW’s share came to $3,405. Colette’s campaign also raised funds for Canteen, McGrath Foundation, Autism Spectrum, Young Care, and ACT for kids with different coloured-bracelets.

Exchange your chains

RSPCA’s Chain Exchange was launched this year at the Million Paws Walk – perhaps you saw the box where people could drop in their chain collars and receive a free flat collar in return. The campaign relies on the generous donation by Rogz of over 500 collars, in differing sizes and colours to suit all.

So far this year, through our Chain Exchange stations at our Sydney Shelter, Tuggerah Care Centre, Rouse Hill Care Centre and one roving station, we have exchanged 174 chains.

The aim of The Chain Exchange is to raise awareness regarding chain, or correction, collars. Correction collars are a type of aversion training; most people are unaware that it is a form of punishment. Aversion training uses pain, fear or discomfort as a motivator to change behaviour.

There is significant evidence to show that uses of these chains harm our dogs, causing neck damage, increased anxiety and aggression. Unfortunately due to their price tag, and longevity they are used by many novice dog owners and aspiring trainers.

As an alternative, RSPCA NSW recommends reward-based training, where the dog has the power to make its own decisions to self motivate. If you would like tips on how to train your dog using this method see Tanya’s Training Tips.

Pets jetsetting to new homes

Jet Pets is a consistent and highly-valued supporter of RSPCA NSW, and in the last couple of months have helped to rehome at least three dogs.

Cupcake the Pomeranian caught the eye of her new owner on our Adoptapet website, but how could her new Mum adopt her if she lived on the Gold Coast? Enter Jet Pets, who not only flew Cupcake from Sydney to Coolangatta, but also drove her to our Miami adoption centre as RSPCA Queensland didn’t have the facilities to collect her from the airport. Cupcake has certainly come a long way from being found on a puppy farm.

Jet Pets also stepped in to help Bumbles, a 16-week-old puppy who was surrended to our Broken Hill Shelter with a broken leg. Bumbles flew to our Sydney Shelter for treatment, and was adopted just over a month later.

Angel the Boxer also received a second chance at life thanks to Jet Pets. Two-year-old Angel was flown from Sydney to Melbourne to meet her new human Penny Jenkins. “She has a beautiful soul and  I know we will be happy together,” Penny said.

Visit the Jet Pets website if you need help transporting your animal: http://www.jetpets.com.au/