Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Bubbles, Male, Fox Terrier (Smooth) Cross



Hurroooo! My name's Bubbles, the bubbly little foxy.

I am definitely one of the more bubbly boys here at the shelter. Although I am 8 years old, I have tons and tons of energy and absolutely love playing and running around the yard here. I love meeting the other dogs here, and hoping I have a new four legged friend waiting for me at my new home.

I would love to go to a home that does nightly walks around the neighbourhood, and weekend adventures filled with new smells to discover. I don't mind if my new home has a cat either, I know a family can share the love and promise not to get jealous.

If you want a bubbly boy, 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

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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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 Bubbles a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Red, Male, Australian Cattle Dog


Harooooooooo! My name's is Red, and I'm a red cattle dog.... original I know!

I'm so so so excited that I might be meeting my new family soon. I'm practically dancing every time someone walks past my pen here at the shelter. I wasn't always so confident though, I was a little scared at first. The staff and volunteers have been so nice in helping me get my confidence back and now I'm a bright happy boy.

I really hope my new family has lots of time for me! I know I can get a little excited when I first see someone, and sometimes I forget it's not really polite to jump. I'm sure if we work on this manners thing together, I could be the sweet happy boy of your dreams. Actually, I kind of like this learning thing; It's like running and exercising, but all in your mind!

If you need a happy boy to keep your lives exciting, 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

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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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 Red a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Monday, April 8, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Hornsby Local Court

All photographs taken on day of seizure – 15 October, 2012

A local Galston man appeared in Hornsby Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated animal cruelty and one charge of failing to alleviate pain regarding a male Jack Russell Terrier.

An RSPCA NSW Inspector was called to a veterinary clinic on 15 October, 2012 to collect a stray dog that had an elastic band on its tail. Upon arrival the Inspector was shown an eight month old male Jake Russell Terrier with an elastic band around his tail – similar to the elastrator rings used for the castration and tail docking of lambs. The dog was immediately transported to an RSPCA veterinary clinic for assessment. Information on the dog’s microchip indicated the owner's address.

The examining veterinarian found that the elastrator ring was cutting into the skin of the tail and the section of tail in front of the ring was swollen, red and painful to touch. X-rays of the dog’s tail confirmed the ring was around the middle of the tail bone and as a result the tail had to be surgically amputated. Following the surgery, the dog’s appetite and demeanour noticeably improved.

On 16 October an RSPCA Inspector spoke with the owner and he claimed that he was not aware of the elastrator ring on the dog’s tail, nor how it came to be on his tail. In court however, he admitted that he had in fact put the band on the dog’s tail and was “showing off to his friends” and had no intentions of removing it.

In court the Galston man pleaded guilty to committing an act of aggravated cruelty by placing the elastrator ring on the dog’s tail, he was sentenced to 50 hours of community service for this offence. He was also fined $500 for failing to alleviate pain and ordered to pay $2010.50 in veterinary fees and $83 in Court costs.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Caturday; Phoenix, Male, Domestic Short Hair Cross


Purrrrrrrrrr... oh hi. My name's Phoenix, how about some smooches? Purrrrrr

I really love getting all smoochy and cuddly with my hoomans, actually make that with all hoomans! I could cuddle for hours, and just sit there and purr purr purr. If you want a cuddly boy, then I'm the cat for you and your family!

I also still like a little play time, so if you don't mind throwing my favourite toy around for me to chase when you first come home, I would love you forever! While you're at it, could you also give me a brush once a week, it feels amazing and I look my finest.

If you like lots of smooches, 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

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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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 Phoenix a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Ronaldo, Male, Jack Russell Terrier


Rawf! My name's Ronaldo and I'm ready to find a loving family all for me!

I had a really sore leg when I came into the shelter, and after a snooze I woke up and the pain was gone. I feel much better now, and I'm already chasing after my toys. Whoever said you should stand on your own two feet, should meet me. Three is where it's at!

I really love playing with squeaky toys actually. I love a good game of fetch, although I sometimes chase after the toy but don't bring it back. Nothing personal, I just want a fresh one thrown for me. I'm hoping I'll be the number one furbaby in the house, as I don't have an interest in other dogs.

If you want a friendly furbaby 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

View my Adopt-a-pet page here
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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 Ronaldo a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

RSPCA NSW announces support for Companion Animal Task Force recommendations


RSPCA NSW today announced its support of all the recommendations delivered in the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce’s report to the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Primary Industries.

The report outlines 22 recommendations which are designed to reduce the number of cats and dogs that are impounded and euthanased, improve the current regulatory framework around the breeding, sale and management of cats and dogs, and promote socially responsible pet ownership to the whole community.

“We are supporting all of the Companion Animal Taskforce recommendations which include annual registration of dogs and cats for the sole purpose of encouraging people to update their details so that pets can be reunited with their owners,” said Steve Coleman, RSPCA NSW CEO.

“When people fail to regularly update their pet’s details it makes it nearly impossible for organisations such as the RSPCA to reunite these animals with their families. Pet owners need to consider the value of a speedy reunion with their pet and when they do I’m sure they’ll agree that annual registration is a small price to pay for peace of mind,” Coleman added.

Key recommendations proposed by the Companion Animal Task Force include:
  • Registration of cats and dogs on an annual basis;
  • Reduced registration fees as an incentive for owners to desex their animals;
  • A new discounted registration category ‘desexed animal – purchased from a pound or shelter’ should be established to further encourage the purchase of desexed cats and dogs;
  • Responsible pet ownership education campaigns; and
  • Council funding for targeted microchipping, registration and desexing programs
The NSW Government has today opened a six-week consultation period to gather the opinions and feedback from the community on these recommendations. RSPCA NSW strongly encourages all interested groups and individuals to submit feedback by visiting: www.dlg.nsw.gov.au

All submissions will be published on the Division of Local Government’s website.

Submissions close on Friday 10 May, 2013.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

'Hare' Care Week; Furry friend for life


This little lady is looking for her furever home

Here at the RSPCA we will always promote the joy an animal can bring into your family. We also advocate that an animal isn't a decision that should be made lightly. You need to consider your home arrangements, your lifestyle and if you will be able to provide your animal with everything that they need to be happy and healthy.

During holiday times such as Easter, people can be tempted to buy an 'Easter Bunny' as a gift, but you need to consider that this furry baby will grow up. They will need a long term home and an owner who has the time and money to take good care of them.

With any animal that is adopted from our Shelters, Care Centres and Branches, we recommend that you do your research and make a responsible decision about buying a new pet. Bunnies make wonderful pets and live up to 8 years. They are relatively easy to care for, quiet and gentle, and perfect for people who don’t have the room, time or energy for a dog.

Please read the checklist before getting a new pet. To view what rabbits and other animals are available for adoption click here.

Just remember, a furry friend is for life.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

'Hare' Care Week; Missy, Female, Angora Cross

 

Ooh what's that? Ooh over there! Oh check out this corner!

Oops, pardon me. I just can't help but investigate every little noise I hear. My name's Missy.

I'm a curious little lady that needs a home and hutch with lots of nooks and cranies to investigate. I also like a house with kids as I love hopping through the tall grass, playing with the family.

Besides from plenty of fresh water and delicious leafy greens, I need a daily brush. I may only be half Angora, but my oh my, my coat definitely needs to be taken care of. A quick brush to get any dirt and knots out, and I'll be shining and playing outside in no time.

If you need a lovely lady rabbit in your life, then you can find and adopt me from the RSPCA NSW Tweed Heads Adoption Centre in Tweed Heads; 48 Boyd St, Tweed Heads, 2485, (07) 5536 5135.

Adoptions:
Open 7 days a week
9:30am to 4:00pm
Closed on Public Holidays

View my Adopt-A-Pet page here
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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 Missy a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

'Hare' Care Week; Fresh grass for our fluffy friends




Did you know that rabbits are in fact vegans? Well, in animal terms they are called herbivore, but it is enjoy the same cuisine. Rabbits do not eat animal products, flesh, dairy, eggs etc. Their delicate little stomachs just can’t handle anything other than most plant products.

Your sweet little rabbit needs a proper diet every day for his digestive tract to function correctly. In fact, ninety-five percent of all rabbit vet visits are related to improper diet. Diets for sick, geriatric, baby, and pregnant rabbits differ from the diets for healthy adult rabbits.

Like all animals, rabbits need plenty of clean fresh water that is available at all times. A good diet provides good nutrition and helps to maintain a good body weight. Below is a general guide to their fibre, calcium and carbohydrates intake:
  • High In Fibre - The fibre recommendation for companion rabbits is a crude fibre level of 13-20% with a level of 12.5 indigestible fibre.
  • Low In Calcium - The dietary level recommendation for companion rabbits of calcium is 0.6-1%.
  • Low in Carbohydrates - The overload of rapidly digestible carbohydrates (for example, sugars) in the large intestine increases the likelihood of digestive disorders
source - Rabbitwise

It is always important to make sure your fluffy friend maintains the correct body weight. If your rabbit already eats lots of grass or hay, you’ve taken a major step to help him (or her!) enjoy a long, healthy life. Rabbits not only benefit from eating plenty of greens each day, they love nibbling on a variety of grasses and vegetables.

If you have any leftover Easter Eggs or candy, don’t let you Flopsy tempt you for a bite. They contain no nutrients, encourage bad eating habits, and cause obesity and intestinal upset. Also, it's worth mentioning that chocolate in large amounts can be harmful to rabbits. However, most chocolate products (such as Easter eggs) are sugar-rich and thus, should be avoided. There is research to suggest these items may contribute to fatal cases of enterotoxaemia, a toxic overgrowth of "bad" bacteria in the intestinal tract.

If in doubt of what to feed you fluffy friend, then you can always speak to your local vet or check out this article on our Knowledge Base.