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Abandoned pets look for homes as shelters overflow

ABC North Coast; 3 Jan 2013

As with every year during the holiday season, animal shelters around the state are overflowing with dogs and cats that have fled their homes or been abandoned. We visited a north coast animal rescue centre and met some of the pets looking for a loving home.

Animals occupy every room of the Lismore Animal Rights and Rescue Centre.

Even the bathroom is inhabited by a fox terrier and her five pups, who were abandoned on a hot day in a Lismore caravan park. READ MORE HERE


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The Canberra Times; Jan 2 2013

RSPCA ACT chief executive Michael Linke.

RSPCA ACT chief executive Michael Linke

Canberrans adopted more than 2000 companion animals – including 73 rodents, six ferrets, 18 lizards, 11 fish and a goat – from the RSPCA last year.

Cats (436) and kittens (789) accounted for more than half of the 2073 of the adoptees, statistics for the local branch of the animal welfare body released this week show.

Adoptions for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies all increased, while the popularity of rabbits declined. READ MORE HERE

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The chook whisperers

The Mercury,   ANNE MATHER   |   October 28

ROOSTER REFUGE: Julie Williamson, of Cygnet, with one of the 45 abandoned roosters she is now looking after. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE

TASMANIANS appalled by the soaring number of roosters being dumped on roadsides are opening their homes and hearts to the abandoned birds.

As the illegal practice becomes rife, growing numbers of concerned people are starting to feed and rescue roadside roosters.

Some have started making daily vigils to flocks of discarded roosters near Kingston, while others have given shelter to some of the injured birds.

The clandestine practice of dumping unwanted roosters has increased in line with the popularity of keeping backyard hens. READ MORE HERE

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NSW Government must aim for zero euthenasia of healthy pets – Greens NSW

Media Release – Cate Faehrmann, October 9, 2012

Responding to reports of high euthanasia rates at RSPCA animal rescue facilities, Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says that ultimate responsibility for high euthanasia rates of companion animals rests with the NSW Government because of inadequate regulation of the pet industry and the resulting over supply of domestic cats and dogs.

“It is heartbreaking to know that so many cats and dogs are being euthanised for no good reason. The government needs to urgently address the source of the problem: over supply from greedy puppy farms that aren’t regulated effectively,” said Ms Faehrmann. READ MORE HERE

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Things are grim on pets’ death row

Adam Hegarty; From:The Advertiser; November 25, 2011

MORE than 13,000 dogs and cats were destroyed in South Australian shelters last year, as their owners abandoned, neglected or failed to microchip their pets.

Dog and Cat Management Board euthanasia figures, released for the first time to The Advertiser, show about 3800 dogs of the 10,315 admitted to RSPCA and Animal Welfare League shelters were destroyed in 2009-10.

Of the 13,300 cats admitted to shelters, 9310 were destroyed, mainly as a result of many more feral cats being caught. The figures equate to an average of 10 dogs and 25 cats being destroyed each day.

Cats and dogs are primarily destroyed when they are considered “unsuitable” to re-home because of behavioural or health problems.

RSPCA SA chief executive Neale Sutton said every animal admitted to shelters underwent testing before its future was decided, in a concerted effort to prevent healthy animals without major behavioural issues being killed.

 “The hardest part of our work is having to euthanase animals. It is absolutely heartbreaking for our staff and is never a decision that is taken lightly,” he said. READ MORE HERE

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Daily Liberal, LISA MINNER; 05 Jul, 2012

ABOUT 50,000 cats and dogs are euthanised in NSW annually so Dubbo-based lawyer for Companion Animals, Anne Greenaway, is demanding more pets to be desexed and is calling for backyard breeders to be licensed and regulated.She said the kill rate could be reduced by breeders and pet owners desexing their litters.

“People don’t appreciate the connection between backyard breeding and not desexing their animals and the high animal euthanasia rates,’’ she said.“Go check out some of the local noticeboards around town – there’s a never-ending supply of dogs and cats for sale – or free to good home.“Too many cats and dogs are seen as disposable commodities that can be thrown away when the puppy or kitten phase is over, rather than a commitment for the life of the animal.”

The Dubbo City Council’s 2011 figures (January to December) reveal 225 cats and 41 dogs were killed at the Dubbo City Animal Shelter.

The combined NSW RSPCAs saw 13,031 cats and 8209 dogs killed. The rest of the euthanised animals came from other (council) pounds and shelters within the state.

She said people mistakenly believed that if animals end up at the pound the RSPCA will find them a good home, which was not always the case.

Ms Greenaway said the RSPCA pounds and shelters are burdened with an unnecessary excess with the shame laying squarely at the feet of irresponsible owners and unethical breeders.

The lawyer said she believed breeders who do not desex their animals fall into three categories- ethical purebred breeders who are selective about who they supply to, puppy farmers who do not care what happens to the animals after they have made a quick buck and those “who probably do care” but are not seeing the long-term effects of the breeding cycle they perpetuate.

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Too many companion animals are put to sleep each year by overstretched rescue groups

Adelaide Now,Tory Shepherd; September 24 2012

English bulldog

It is not as easy as you’d think to work out why the RSPCA’s ‘kill rate’ for companion animals is so high with oversupply, negligent owners, mistakes, feral animals and stretched resources all being part of the equation. Picture: Thinkstock Source: Supplied

MY childhood dog, Neddy, had manky bald bits and he’d scoot across the lawn on his bum whenever we had company.

He was partial to trying to have sex with inappropriate things. But we could dress him up and he’d sigh with martyred forbearance and let us photograph him.

Our cats were called Soft and Stupid, and Hard and Hairy.

Now we have Sangio, and even thinking of him dying makes me ache (though after last week I hesitate to use the words “dog” and “love” in the same sentence).

He’s a little crazy, a little too clever. When I write at home he lies across my feet and when we go away without him he takes days to forgive us.

When he was younger he’d get so excited to see us, or visitors, that he’d lose control of his bladder.

 This unfortunately generally coincided with the moment at which he was jumping up on them, so several people have been victims of this firehose-like spraying. It’s a sign of affection, of course.

Most of us love our pets and treat them like part of the family. But animals are an industry, so selfishness and profit creep in. READ MORE HERE


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