Record for RSPCA adoptions

Newcastle Herald,  BY DONNA SHARPE; 10 Jan, 2012

FORTY furry creatures great and small found homes at the weekend courtesy of a joint campaign by the Newcastle Herald and the Rutherford RSPCA shelter.The Herald put out the call to Hunter folk on Saturday to help find homes for animals ranging from a guinea pig to a three-legged rottweiler.

Shelter acting manager Scott Meyers said the result was overwhelming, with staff run off their feet on Saturday and Sunday, adopting out abandoned pets, some part of the 1200 dumped at the shelter over the Christmas/new year period.

Mr Meyers said the weekend adoptions were a record, with only 14 recorded on the same weekend last year.

Aberglasslyn resident Leanne Hill, who recently had her family pet dog of 14 years put down, was keen to get her children another dog and after reading Saturday’sHerald, visited the shelter.

While she and her children had Jack the Jack Russell, who was featured in Saturday’s story, picked out, they were disappointed to find he had been adopted by another family.

Instead, the Hills left the shelter with two, eight-week-old rottweiler/cattle dog cross puppies.

Brother and sister Diesel and Zali spent their first night with the family on Sunday and have made themselves quite at home.

Mr Meyers said 18 animals were adopted on Saturday and 22 on Sunday.

A strong crowd continued to view pets at the shelter yesterday.

‘‘It was a huge response and our staff were overwhelmed,’’ he said.

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2 responses to “Record for RSPCA adoptions

  1. companionanimalnews

    This readers letter:

    THE report “Record for RSPCA adoptions” (Herald 10/1) gives more cause for concern than for celebration. I believe that rehoming 40 animals on a “record” weekend is an inadequate result when there were 1200 animals dumped at the RSPCA shelter over Christmas/New Year. What happened to the others?
    Why does the RSPCA actively pursue council contracts to increase the number of animals “dumped” in its shelter (such as last year’s takeover of the Cessnock Council contract), when it has no chance of saving them? In the process, the RSPCA shuts out the community rescue groups that routinely achieve great results with limited resources and a small band of dedicated volunteers.
    The Facebook page of Dog Rescue Newcastle [co-founder Anne Ward is pictured above] lists 13 adoptions last week for dogs alone, and Hunter Animal Rescue’s Facebook lists other adoptions – all achieved without the promotional might of the RSPCA.

    Geoff Davidson, Ourimbah

    read more reader comments here: http://www.theherald.com.au/news/opinion/letters/general/some-save-more-pets/2417587.aspx

  2. Geoff Birkbeck

    Geoff,
    Local government, especially in Victoria have a policy of Compulsory and Competitive Tendering for essential services. This includes garbage collection, park maintain ace and pound operations.
    In Western Australia, some cities/towns/shires contract out the pound operation and animal collection for various reasons.
    The RSPCA WA operates pounds for three councils being City of Joondalup, City of Belmont and Town of Bassendean from the Malaga headquarters.
    RSPCA WA not only has a range of charges under the contractual agreement but also require the council to contribute for the building of the premises.
    The Shelton Park Dogs Refuge operates in similar manner for four other councils being Town of Cottesloe, Town of Wembley, Town of Mosman Park and Town of Claremont from my recollection.
    The City of Swan utilise a private boarding kennel for impounding and animal collection. Personally, I have an issue with this operation as I have intimate knowledge of the business.
    This is due to having shared facilities with other councils or not being cost effective
    For example, the Town of Cottesloe has only impounded one stray in 3 years that could not be traced back to the owner. Town of Mosman Park has only 2 part time rangers, City of Belmont have share facilities,
    Two regional shires that I am familiar with outsource their rehoming and pound management to a breakaway “animal rescue” group of a dubious nature that I am of the opinion are underfunded and inadequately trained. One shire dogs ended up being sold from a pet shop from this group.
    The various state RSPCA organisations have the experience and the ability of self-promotion that local government is not permitted to do, and experienced spin doctors that only other welfare groups do not have and could only wish for.
    Non-government organisions (NGO) and benevolent societies as well as private contractors do not have the reporting mechanisms that local government have to answer to. In other words, mostly are not accountable for their actions.
    This practice of farming out essential services contracts to private enterprise and voluntary organisations and so called “not for profit” non-government organisations is not a new concept.
    In WA the state contracts out the ambulance service to a private company masquerading as a benevolent organisation that in rural areas relies very heavily on volunteer labour. The state government admits that it cannot run an ambulance service for the cost of the contract. The same organisation has pushed out any competitors making it a sole provider of services.
    It is not a practice just reserved for the “animal welfare industry”. However, I would comment who actually cares about whom or what organisation is rehoming dogs as long as it’s ethical and legitimate. Plus its good publicity for adopting a pet than buying from a pet shop or backyard breeder.

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