News.com.au Dec 5 2011
Basil, a two-year-old American staffy, tunes in to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the Wingfield Animal Welfare League shelter. Picture: Tait Schmaal
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BEETHOVEN, Mozart and Bach have soothed minds for centuries, but now they have new fans in homeless dogs and cats.
The Animal Welfare League’s animal shelter at Wingfield has set up a music distribution system – thanks to volunteer and former ABC technician Steve Hughes – to play classical music around the clock.
Studies have found classical music can relax animals, while also helping them cope with separation anxiety. Continue reading
The advertiser, Thomas Conlin: Nov 5 2011
THE Animal Welfare League is bracing for an influx of cats to add to the 100 dogs already in its care.
The group’s shelters take in about 20,000 dogs and cats every year and currently have 23 dogs awaiting adoption – about double normal levels.
AWL spokeswoman Shay Bayly said spring was a particularly busy time for abandoned cats.
“Some families simply cannot afford to keep their pets, and sometimes owners didn’t do enough research or give enough thought to the right type of pet to suit their lifestyle,” she said.
Animals at the AWL shelter are temperament-tested as well as desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and health-checked before they are deemed ready for adoption.
“What’s more, our dogs and cats are significantly cheaper than buying from a pet shop or breeder,” Ms Bayly said.