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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



Filed under Abandoned animals, Breeders, Desexing, Pet shops, Puppy Mills, RSPCA


SBS INSIGHT program, Tuesday 25th September 8.30 am

Australians love pet dogs and cats. But each year tens of thousands of them are killed. Often, they’re perfectly healthy.

The RSPCA alone enthanased more than 56,000 cats and dogs last financial year. And that figure doesn’t include all the animals put down at council pounds around Australia every day.

(One advocacy group, Deathrowpets.net, estimates that a quarter of a million unwanted cats and dogs are killed in Australian pounds every year).

In this episode, pet owners, breeders, pet shop owners, animal shelter workers and pets themselves join Jenny Brockie to look at why Australia is euthanasing so many dogs and cats.

Insight will also ask whether pet owners are at fault for treating animals as a commodity, or whether there are just too many animals being bred in the first place.

Producer: Fanou Filali
Associate Producer: Mawunyo Gbogbo and Sarah Allely

Website: click here…

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Filed under Abandoned animals, Animal Advocacy, AWL NSW, Breeders, Council Pounds, Getting2Zero, NSW Taskforce 2012, RSPCA

Pound for pound, they’re worth it

SMH Aug 26 2012

Animal shelters across the state are full to bursting with pets desperate for new homes, writes Jason Mountney.

The numbers are sobering. Every day, more than 150 dogs and cats are killed in NSW pounds and animal shelters. A 39-year-old campaigner from Curl Curl, Melanie Norman, remembers the day she first heard the numbers.

“I thought, ‘Holy cow,’ ” she says. “Somebody needs to see what I see now. If someone who considers themselves relatively informed on animal issues doesn’t realise the scale of this problem, how could the average person?” READ MORE HERE


Filed under Abandoned animals, AWL NSW, Council Pounds, Getting2Zero, NSW

Shelter deaths slashed

Geelong Advertiser, Shane Fowles | February 6th, 2012

GEELONG’S animal shelter has recorded new lows of dog kill rates as it moves on from a controversial era.
The Geelong Animal Welfare Society’s latest figures show that just 2 per cent of the 325 dogs admitted to the shelter in December 2011 were euthanased, with 148 finding new homes.
The previous year saw 26 per cent of dogs killed, board president Mike Bailey revealed yesterday.
“It just shows, that when we look at all the different things we’ve put in place (in the past few months), that they are working,” Mr Bailey said. READ MORE


Filed under Getting2Zero, Victoria

Strays chaos riles RSPCA

Mercury, Tasmania;  MERYL NAIDOO   |   December 29, 2011

HIGH numbers of stray dogs from across Hobart are being reported to the RSPCA.

RSPCA Tasmania yesterday criticised local councils after being inundated with calls about stray dogs in the Glenorchy, Kingborough and Huon Valley areas.

“Council closures during the holiday period have left the RSPCA to deal with all the strays in Southern Tasmania,” RSPCA Tasmania chief Ben Sturges said. READ MORE HERE


Filed under RSPCA Tasmania, Tasmania

Changing perceptions in the Hugh and cry over pit bulls

WA Today; Shane Green; December 7, 2011

Hugh Wirth with he's 2 border terriers Lachlan and Lexie from Scotland

The RSPCA’s Hugh Wirth with his border terriers, Lachlan and Lexie. He now believes legal sanctions are not the answer to the American pit bull problem. Photo: Joe Armao

FOR decades, Hugh Wirth was the nation’s most ferocious critic of American pit bulls: the dogs were killing machines and a despicable breed, he said. Now, he is officially silent.

Although still Victorian president of the RSPCA, Dr Wirth is no longer its public voice on the contentious issue of the breed’s existence. READ MORE HERE


Filed under Breed specific legislation, RSPCA victoria, Victoria

Meet the dog whose Bach’s better than his bite

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

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/classical-music-soothes-the-beast/story-fn5fsgyc-1226213786031#ixzz1ft903K5v

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

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