Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Kitchen Rules stars throw their support behind RSPCA Cupcake Day!



2013 My Kitchen Rules stars Jenna Marie Jaede (aka Little Miss Cupcake) and Bondi personal trainer Luke Hines have officially thrown their support behind the RSPCA’s annual baking fundraiser – Cupcake Day.

Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is the biggest bake-off in the Southern Hemisphere and involves Cupcake Hosts around Australia baking cupcakes and hosting a Cupcake Day Party to raise vital funds for the RSPCA.

This year’s Cupcake Day is being held on Monday 19 August 2013.

Dessert queen Jenna Marie Jaede, the owner and face behind Le Pink Petite, a bespoke custom cupcake, petit treat and cookie business was a natural fit for Cupcake Day and jumped at the opportunity to be involved and help out the RSPCA.

“Supporting Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is a marriage made in cake, being Adelaide's Cupcake Queen,” said Jenna.

“I believe animals should be treated no differently than humans. Our family dog Homer gets treated like a king in our house. He eats breakfast, lunch and dinner with us. He eats gourmet meals all the way; he is very special. No one in life should be deprived of great food, especially our beautiful animals. Even my chickens get a gourmet feed!” Jenna added.

Balancing great food with fitness is a lifestyle that Bondi personal trainer Luke Hines has down pat. A firm believer in sustainable, free-range and ethically sourced food that provides great nutrition, Luke has provided a healthy cupcake recipe to the RSPCA for this year’s Cupcake Day. Luke is also passionate about animal welfare and owns a beautiful black Labrador called Bailey.

“Supporting RSPCA’s Cupcake Day was an absolute no brainier for me,” said Luke.

“Being a lover of animals, great and small, the work that the RSPCA does is so important and any money to support the care, nurturing and safety of all animals is vital. Me and my black lab Bailey believe 100% in this all important work. So c'mon, bake a sugar free cupcake for me and get on board.”

Nationally, the RSPCA receives less than 3% of funding from government so fundraising initiatives like Cupcake Day are vital to increasing donations and awareness of the fight to prevent animal cruelty. Funds raised from Cupcake Day go back to help the shelters, clinics, Inspectors and animals in your home state. For example, if you are raising funds in Tasmania, your donations will help RSPCA Tasmania.

How cupcakes can change lives:
  • $10 provides an enrichment toy for a cat which assists in their behavioural development
  • $30 provides bales of hay to feed the farm animals in RSPCA care
  • $40 microchips a cat or dog to help ensure they find their way home
  • $50 subsidises the emergency boarding costs of the animals of victims of domestic violence
  • $60 provides warm bedding, heat pads and lamps to keep a puppy warm
  • $100 subsidises medical treatment for an injured dog or cat
  • $200 keeps an RSPCA Inspector on the road fighting cruelty

Getting involved is easy, simply visit www.rspcacupcakeday.org.au and register, personalise your supporter page and get baking! Don’t forget to show off your creations via Facebook!

Among other things, your cupcakes can help give a surrendered puppy a home, rescue a neglected pony, provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and save thousands of lives.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Friendly Ferret Rescued From Rangehood in Bondi Apartment



RSPCA NSW Inspectors yesterday rescued a friendly ferret from an overhead exhaust rangehood in a Bondi apartment building.

Inspectors were called to the third floor apartment in Ramsgate Avenue yesterday afternoon following a report from a resident that a possum had become stuck in the roof.

The resident originally called a pest removal company however when they discovered that it was a ferret they ‘refused to go near it’ so she called the RSPCA.

RSPCA NSW Inspector Flett Turner (pictured) was able to free the ferret from her precarious hiding place by removing the main exhaust pipe of the rangehood and gently prising her free.

“She’s just so friendly, so she’s obviously someone’s lost family ferret,” said Turner.

The resident of the apartment was surprised that the noise turned out to be a ferret as no one she is aware of in the apartment complex owns one.

“We really hope that her owners come forward so that they can be reunited with their missing pet,” added Turner.

The ferret was transferred to the RSPCA Sydney Shelter at Yagoona for veterinary examination, where she enjoyed a proper meal and a more comfortable night’s rest. 

The RSPCA is urging the ferret’s owners or anyone with information to contact the Sydney Shelter on 02 9770 7555 or NSW Ferret Welfare on 0451 117 653 (after 5pm).

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Caturday; Walter, Male, Domestic Medium Hair



Meow? Meow meow? Can you pick me up and cuddle me please?

My name's Walter and I'm ready to find my furever home this weekend.

I absolutely adore cuddles and would love to find a family that wants a friendly guy. When you come home I'll come greet you at the door and talk to you all the way up the hall until you put your bags down. That's about the time when you pick me up, give me a cuddle and forget about the stress of the day.

As much as I'm a good talker, I'm also a really good listener. I love sitting on your lap or at your feet and hearing about everything that has happened over the day. I can keep you company in bed on these cold nights too if you want.

Come down and chat to me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Walter a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Reece, Male, Labrador Retriever Cross Shar Pei


 Hurrooooooo there! My name is Reece the Regal Retriever cross Shar Pei.

I really really love people and would really really love to to find people that I can call my very own. I have made everyone fall in love with me here at the shelter, but haven't quite found the right match. You see, I'm a super energetic guy and all this energy can sometimes be a bit much for people.

If you give me plenty of toys to play with during the day and take me on evening walks when you're home, I would be so tuckered out afterwards. I also get tired after learning "manners", or whatever the hoomans here call them. I've already learnt to sit and stay and would love to learn more with my new family.

Come meet me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Reece a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY: Dog left in life threatening state of emaciation by Lethbridge Park woman


A Lethbridge Park woman appeared in Mt Druitt Local Court on Thursday and was convicted of five charges of animal cruelty relating to a dog and two cats in her care. The woman was fined, placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond, banned from owning animals for five years and ordered to report to police for fingerprinting.

On Thursday 8 March 2013, an RSPCA NSW Inspector attended a property in Lethbridge Park. No one was home however the Inspector observed two cats on the veranda of the property. One was thin and in poor body condition, the second was in average condition.

At the rear of the property the Inspector found an emaciated male red and black crossbreed dog. The dog was severely dehydrated and too weak to walk so the Inspector began to immediately administer subcutaneous fluids to him. He was then given a mixture of sugar and water orally to help increase his blood sugar levels.

The two cats on the veranda were collected and a seizure notice placed on the front door of the property.

Upon veterinary examination the dog was found to be in a life threatening state of emaciation and required an immediate blood transfusion. One of the cats was also in an emaciated state.

On 20 March 2013 the RSPCA received a call from a woman during which she informed the Inspector that she was the owner of the dog and had been caring for the dog although it belonged to her ex-partner.

Judgement and Charges

The woman was found GUILTY and was convicted of five charges of animal cruelty. Failure to provide proper and sufficient food to the dog, failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment for hookworm, failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment for fleas, failure to provide proper and sufficient food to a male grey and white cat and failure to provide proper and sufficient food to a male black and white cat. She was also placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond, banned from owning animals for five years and ordered to report to police for fingerprinting. She was fined $1,200 and $6,512.09 in professional costs.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY: Como man convicted for animal cruelty

All photos taken on date of seizure

A local Como man appeared in Sutherland Local Court on Monday 8 July and was convicted of two charges of animal cruelty against his 11 year-old German Shepherd dog. He was ordered to pay veterinary costs and professional fees.

On Thursday 29 November 2012, RSPCA NSW Inspectors attended a property in Como in response to a call about a man pulling and dragging a German Shepherd dog which appeared to have a problem with its back legs.

Inspectors met with the man and his 11 year-old German Shepherd in the street outside his house. The dog appeared to be having trouble walking. His back legs were weak and repeatedly giving way, causing his back end to collapse. The man stated that he was the owner of the dog. The dog was walking a few metres only, before resting. The man was ‘poking’ the dog and pushing him with his walking stick to get him to move. The RSPCA Inspectors issued written directions to the man for his dog to be taken to a veterinary clinic within 48 hours.

On 3 December 2012 an RSPCA Inspector spoke with the owner and during the conversation reminded him that he needed to take his dog to a veterinary clinic. Another call was made to the owner on 6 December 2012 during which he again stated that he had not taken his dog to see a veterinarian.

On 7 December 2012, RSPCA Inspectors attended the man's address with the intention of seizing the German Shepherd so that he could be examined by a veterinarian. The accused drove away from the address with the dog in his vehicle, preventing RSPCA Inspectors from seizing him. On 10 December 2012 RSPCA Inspectors attended the address again and seized the dog. He was transported for immediate medical treatment.

Veterinary examination revealed the dog to be severely ataxic (wobbly/uncoordinated gait) and had severe muscle atrophy. Failure to provide veterinary treatment resulted in the dog being in unnecessary pain, suffering and discomfort.  Whilst in care the dog’s condition deteriorated and he became unable to stand without assistance. His infected hygromas were also not responding to treatment. Due to his deteriorating condition, it was deemed cruel to keep him alive so a decision was made to humanely euthanase him.

Judgement & Charges

The owner was found GUILTY and was convicted on two charges of animal cruelty. Failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment to an adult male German Shepherd dog for ataxic gait (1 charge) and failure to provide necessary veterinary treatment to an adult male German Shepherd dog for infected hygromas (1 charge). He was fined $3,313.82 in veterinary fees and $500 in professional costs.

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Henry, Male, Mini Foxie cross Tenterfield Terrier


Hi there! My name's Henry and I really want to find a new home. I was hoping to retire with my previous family, but sadly they had to give me up when they moved. I was really sad to leave them, but I'm hoping to find a new home/ retirement shack to put my paws up.

I'm a little older than the other dogs here at the shelter, but I still know when you need a dog cuddle or a nuzzle when you're feeling down. I would really love a daily walk to keep active, but nothing too crazy as I am getting a little creaky.

If you want an old dog to keep you warm this winter, come meet me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Henry a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Caturday; Ebony, Female, Domestic Short Hair Crossbreed


Mew mew mew! My name is Ebony and I want to find my furever home!

I came into the shelter with my bestie Tevin after somebody left us behind. We were really scared of people, but thanks to our foster mum, we are now confident little kittens bouncing around the place.

We do sometimes get scared when we are alone, so would love to be adopted together or at least with another kitten to keep us company. I'm hoping to find a new family this weekend as it's a little scary and noisy here at the shelter.

Come and meet Tevin and I here at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Ebony a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday Find-A-Friend; Lucy, Female, Mastiff Crossbreed



Hurrroooo! Hey! Hiya! My name's Lucy and oh my golly, I am so excited and happy to meet you!

I really love meeting new people; bounding up to them, wagging my tail and saying hi anyway that I can. I have started to learn proper manners now and realise jumping up to say hi isn't really nice. People like a good sit and a waggly tail to say hello, plus it means I get pats and rewards!

I really like when I get to go out on a big walk or run with someone and we meet new people. I hope my new mum or dad wants a jogging companion, as I'm always up for walkies. I'm also up for some play time at the local dog park with my family.

You should totally come down and say hi to me! I'm hanging out at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Lucy a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Tatl, Female, Domestic Short Hair Crossbreed


 Meow.. meow meow? My name's Tatl the talkative tortie.

I came into the shelter with my friend Tael after we got lost and couldn't find our families. Tael has now found her new home, but sadly I have not. I would really love to find a family soon, it's really cold here in the nights.

I'm hoping to find a family that wants to hang out at home and let me snuggle up next to them on the couch. Also, if they are the kind of family to open the windows during the day just so I can sleep in the sun rays, that would be perfect.

If you are looking for a lovely lady cat that will repay your kindness with plenty of purrs, then come find me RSPCA Sydney Shelter. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Tatl a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Mt Druitt Local Court

Left: Photo taken when seized, cancerous growth clearly visible. Right: Post surgery.

A Hebersham local man failed to appear in Mt Druitt Local Court yesterday to answer one charge of animal cruelty against a male Rhodesian Ridgeback dog in his care. The man was convicted ex-parte, fined and prohibited from acquiring animals for a period of two years.

On Sunday 3 March 2013, an RSPCA Inspector was called to a property in Hebersham in response to a complaint about a dog. On arrival at the premises, the Inspector found no one to be home. 

The Inspector observed two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs in light body condition. A third male Rhodesian Ridgeback dog was also sighted and was observed to have a large ulcerated mass on the right side of his chest.

A short time later the man arrived home and confirmed he was the owner of the dogs. The man also admitted being aware of the dog’s condition but had not taken him to a vet. The dog was then seized and taken for immediate veterinary treatment.

In addition to the ulcerated mass, the dog was also found to be suffering from dental disease, arthritis and was lame on its foreleg. All these conditions were causing the animal significant pain.

On Monday 4 March the dog underwent surgery to remove the ulcerated mass. Veterinary analysis of the mass found it to be an aggressive cancer called a cutaneous fibrosarcoma.

Judgement & Charges

The Hebersham local man was charged with failure to provide veterinary treatment to a male Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. The man failed to appear in court and was therefore convicted ex-parte. An order was made prohibiting him from acquiring animals for two years. He was fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $3,258.50 in veterinary costs.

RSPCA Shoalhaven breaks record

 (RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter staff. Left to right: Courtney White (& Smurf), Kylie Ford, Sharon Johnson (& Murphy), Emma Booth (& Hardy).

The RSPCA NSW Shoalhaven Shelter is today celebrating its most successful year for animal adopts ever. The Shelter, located in Nowra, rehomed 550 animals during the last financial year (July 2012-June 2013) – a whopping increase of 102 animals from the previous year.

“We are greatly appreciative to the residents of the Shoalhaven for their continued generosity, both financial and for material needs such as blankets, bedding and toys,” said Sharon Johnson, RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter Manager.

“We also couldn’t have been this successful without the continued support of local media outlets that feature our Pets of the Week and regularly cover our news and events,” Johnson added.

Check out the animals currently available at the Shoalhaven Shelter or a shelter near you: http://www.adoptapet.com.au/

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Caturday; Jak, Male, Domestic Longhair Crossbreed


Mreoooww... Oh hello there. I didn't quite see you with all this fur in the way. My name's Jak the Cat.

If you really love cats then you are going to love me, as there is lots and lots of me to love. My last owners let me eat way too many sweeties treaties, so I am rather... ahh... portly. I'm trying to lose some weight and the staff here have given me a diet plan and everything.

Overlooking my love handles, I am actually a really nice guy that would love a family to hang out with. When I'm a bit slimmer, I would love to be able to sit on your lap and get a pat while you watch your favourite shows.

If you have lots of love to give, then come visit me at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter, I'm the big fluffy guy in the Cattery section. The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Jak a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Friday, July 5, 2013

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES: Kogarah Local Court

Grey headed Flying Fox - Photo: Vivian Jones

A Penshurst local man appeared in Kogarah Local Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated animal cruelty against a grey headed flying fox that was found buried in the backyard of his Penshurst residence. The animal was beaten to death.

On Wednesday 30 January 2013, RSPCA Inspectors were called to a residence in Penshurst to investigate a report of a bat being beaten to death and buried at the premises.

A netted fig tree and several thin wooden planks were observed in the rear yard. RSPCA Inspectors uncovered the body of a dead flying fox in a recently disturbed garden bed at the back of the rear yard. There was a dirt encrusted shovel near the burial site.

The body of the flying fox was seized and taken to Taronga Wildlife Hospital where an autopsy was conducted. The pathologist reported that the combination of lesions within the flying fox’s body was consistent with acute traumatic injury.

The man was interviewed by RSPCA Inspectors on Tuesday 5 February 2013, and admitted to finding the flying fox entangled in netting on a fruit tree. After attempts to free the animal he stated that be believed the animal to be near death and started hitting it with a stick.

The man admitted during the interview that the flying fox was “screeching” while he was hitting it. He stopped hitting the flying fox when it ceased moving and then proceeded to bury its body in the backyard.

Residents that are impacted by flying foxes are encouraged to refer to the Environment and Heritage website for advice and guidelines regarding the netting of garden fruit trees.

Judgement

The Penshurst man pleaded GUILTY and was convicted of an act of aggravated animal cruelty. He was charged with committing an act of aggravated animal cruelty against a grey headed flying fox and fined $800.

Friday Find-A-Friend; Cerci, Female, Jack Russell Terrier crossbreed




Rawf! My name's Cerci and I'm looking for a super fun and friendly furever family.

I'm just a little puppy, but I have tons of energy for play time. I love running around the yard and exploring everything that is in sight. I still don't know what is for chewing and what isn't, but if you show me what I can chew on then I'll try to only chew that.

Once I've grown some more, I would love to go on daily walks with my family. I can even come exploring with you and check out all the exciting things the outside world has to offer. I would probably need to learn the road rules at puppy pre-school first though, those car things are scary.

Come meet me and all my friends at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter.  The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Cerci a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Take-Me-Home Tuesday; Maxi, Female, Jack Russell Terrier (Smooth) Crossbreed



Hey there! My name's Maxi and I'm looking for my furever family.

I'm still getting used to this whole adoption thing and finding a new family. I sometimes get shy when I meet new people, so when people walk past me in the shelter I tend to stick to the back of the room. The volunteers that know me better here at the shelter, know I'm really a little superstar that has plenty of love to give.

Once I'm settled in, I'm hoping my family likes a furry friend that will stick by their side, through thick and thin. If you head out and I'm out in the backyard, I would love you for ever and ever if you leave some toys out for me to play with. I also love a meaty bone if you feel like giving me a treat.

If you want to come visit me, I'm at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter.  The address is: 201 Rookwood Road, Yagoona, 2199, or call (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 Maxi a happier, safer 2013 - and beyond!

Donate now

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES - Blacktown Local Court


A local Rooty Hill man failed to appear in Blacktown Local Court on Thursday to answer two charges of animal cruelty against two miniatures horses (ponies). The man was convicted ex-parte, fined and custody of one of the ponies was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

On Sunday 27 January 2013 an RSPCA Inspector attended a property in Rooty Hill in response to two female ponies.

Upon arrival the Inspector observed that both animals were in poor body condition and were shivering. The paddock in which they were kept was devoid of food and their only shelter was three trees. Both ponies were seized and taken for immediate veterinary treatment.

Veterinary examination confirmed that both ponies were in very poor condition, scoring a body condition score of 1 out of 5 (where 0/5 is very poor and 5/5 is obese). Unfortunately one of the ponies contracted severe colitis and had to be humanely euthanased.

During two weeks hospitalisation the remaining pony increased her body weight by 9.5kgs.

The owner failed to appear in court and was therefore convicted ex-parte on both charges (fines imposed are listed below) of failure to provide proper and sufficient food to a female horse. Custody of the remaining pony was awarded to RSPCA NSW.

Sentencing:
  •  Fines: $5,000
  • Vet Costs: $11,900