Friday, January 30, 2015

Animals from A to Zany

Kids have fun while learning about animals!

Does your child enjoy learning FUN facts about animals or entering competitions with awesome prizes? Our Animania Magazine may just be the perfect gift for the young animal lover!

RSPCA’S Animania Magazine is loaded with great animal facts, cool posters, and top pet care tips from our staff and veterinarians. There are loads of awesome prizes to win – and your child could be featured in the next issue, simply send in their letters and drawings to receive a special gift. 

Kids Animania Magazine includes: 
  • Educational articles about a wide range of animals
  • Pet care tips and advice
  • Competitions and giveaways
  • Puzzles and games
  • Breed features
  •  Behind the scenes at the RSPCA

Signup your child today!
Visit our website to download a subscription form or call (02) 9770 7583 to ensure your child receives the next issue.
You can also subscribe to Animania Magazine through iSubscribe or Magshop.

All proceeds from Animania go towards the work of the RSPCA. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Three top tips to keep your pet safe this Australia Day

Not all celebrations are fun for our pets

Australia Day is fast becoming a national day of beach cricket, picnics in the park, and backyard BBQ’s with family and friends. Our celebrations however, may not be so much fun for our pets.

Here are our three top tips to help keep your pet safe this Australia Day long weekend:
  • If hosting a backyard BBQ, make sure your pets aren’t fed food scraps. Don’t forget to remove the BBQ oil tray too as it is an extremely unhealthy doggy delight that can lead to pancreatitis if consumed in large amounts.
  • The loud noise of fireworks can frighten our pets! If your pet is going to be home alone during the fireworks, ensure they are in a safe place, ideally indoors where they cannot escape or hurt themselves. For pets with high levels of anxiety, it is recommended you stay at home, arrange a friend or pet-sitter, or consider speaking to your vet about treatment options.
Why not use the extra day to welcome a new family member. Visit to view our animals currently looking for their new home. Our shelters will be open this weekend but closed for adoptions on Monday. If you have an emergency, you can still contact us on 02 9770 7555.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Just six minutes. That’s all it takes.

As New South Wales experiences hot summer heat, now is the time to make the pledge to never leave your mate behind. Every year, our Inspectors receive hundreds of calls to rescue dogs and other animals left in hot cars. Even if your car is parked in the shade, or the windows are left down, the temperature in your car can rise to dangerous levels and can rapidly reach more than double the outside temperature even on mild days.

Spot the signs of heat stress
Animals suffering from heat stress may pant, drool and become restless. In just minutes, they can become weak and the colour of their gums may change; they may also start to stagger and experience vomiting, diarrhoea or seizures. It can take just minutes for your pet to die from heat stress.

Causing animals to suffer in any way is a criminal offence. If your dog suffers as a result of being left in a car, you could be fined or spend time in jail.

If you see an animal suffering in a hot car, contact your local police or our Inspectors on 02 9770 7555.

For more information download our Heatstroke Prevention Factsheet or
watch our YouTube clip and learn how quickly temperatures can rise in a parked car.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Get the kids out of the house these School Holidays!

Need to get the kids out of the house these school holidays? Does your child have an interest in animal welfare or want to learn more about animals?  Our School Holiday Program could be the answer, and is an opportunity for kids and teens to spend either a half or full day at our Sydney or Hunter Shelter.

Sessions are held for participants aged 8-11, 12-14 and 15-17 years old. Each group will have a chance to get up close and personal with many of our shelter animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, sheep and more!

There are five different information sessions your child can choose from:
  • Animal Care: Learn what it means to be a responsible pet owner by caring for the animals living at the RSPCA Shelter
  • Animal Health: Come meet our RSPCA Veterinarians and Vet Nurses and learn how to keep our animals happy and healthy
  • Animal Enrichment: Learn the tips and tricks from RSPCA Animal Attendants on how to keep our animals happy
  • Animal Careers (15-17 years old): If you've decided that you want to work with animals then this session will show you some of the possibilities that exist within RSPCA NSW to pursue your passion.
  • Animal Rescue: Come meet our animal police, the RSPCA Inspectors, who dedicate their time to rescue animals in need.

If your child would like to spend their school holidays making some new furry friends, book a course today! Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

To book, or for more information on each of the courses click here. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Avoid dog attacks: Learn body language

RSPCA NSW School Holiday Program teaches body language  

As school holidays approach RSPCA NSW is imploring parents to talk to their children about safety around dogs. The majority of dog attack victims are children, and with more kids out and about over the summer the risk increases.

“Any dog can become reactive to a situation, and the outcome can be tragic,” said Matt French, RSPCA NSW Community Development Manager. “The key thing is for children to learn to recognise the warning signs and act appropriately.”

Educating children in dog behaviour and bite prevention is one of the key messages in RSPCA NSW’s School Holiday Program. It’s one of a number of animal issues to be addressed, with five different sessions on offer.

“Ways to keep dogs happy and mentally engaged in their backyard is another focal point, as it’s the best way to lessen nuisance barking as well as reduce escaping and destructive behaviours,” Mr French said.

It’s not all about dogs though; children will also learn about cats, birds, pocket pets (like rabbits and guinea pigs) and some livestock.

“We’ll cover how your cat can live longer by staying indoors and the lifelong benefits of mental stimulation. We’ll learn how to search your dog for ticks ways to keep them cool over the hot summer,” Mr French concluded.

The sessions are for children aged between 8 and 17, with half and whole day options available. For more information visit our website.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Seven New Year Resolution Ideas for your Pet

May 2015 be a great year for your pet

Whilst most of us are busy making resolutions to kick off 2015, have you thought about making 2015 the best for your pet too? Make the New Year the best year for your pet by making resolutions to make them healthier and happier in 2015.

How to make 2015 better for your pet

  • Fitness: If you are planning to lose weight this year, why not include your pet too! Extra weight on your pet can lead to problems such as joint issues and heart disease. Why not take your dog for regular walks, or perhaps a swim - It not only keeps their body fit but also keeps their mind relaxed too!
  • Mental stimulation: Games or toys that ensure some mental work from your pet will benefit their overall health and prevent boredom. Ask your vet about suitable toys that are best suited to develop and engage your pet’s mind. Exercise wheels are a great option for pet mice, and cats love to chase and interact with their toys. 
  • Medical check list: Make a check list for your pet’s annual check-up – including when they are due for worming and vaccinations, and mark it on the calendar! If you have not planned desexing your cat or dog, then doing it this year will help keep your pet healthy. Desexing your pet reduces the chances of cancers and prostrate diseases. It also reduces the problems of urine marking, roaming around and excessive barking and mewing tendencies in dogs and cats.

  • Diet: Ask your vet about changing your pet’s food habits. You can go slowly on introducing new items into their meals - but cutting down on table scraps, sweets and other weight gaining items should be done immediately. Giving solid food can help prevent plaque that otherwise may be formed with wet food. Your rabbit or guinea pig will love darker, leafy vegetables added to their diet.
    RSPCA NSW Vet Hospitals recommend HIll's Science Diet for dogs and cats.

  • Behaviour: Some of your pet’s behavioural problems like urinating in the house or anti-social behaviour are always a cause of concern. This year, consider getting advice from an RSPCA Vet Hospital or a professional trainer to help overcome some of those undesired behaviours.
  • Quality time: Nothing compares to the love and devotion you can experience with your pet! This year, aim to spend more quality time with your pet. They’ll thank you for it!
  • Check those details: The New Year provides a perfect opportunity to check your pet’s details! If you have changed your contact details, make sure you update your pet’s microchip and registrations details. It will be the best way to reunite you with your pet should they become lost!
All this plus lots of love and care are enough to make your pet healthier and happier in 2015.