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