Category Archives: rehoming

Stray Animals Day

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Today is worldwide Stray Animals Day. Please spare a thought for all the lonely, neglected strays that desperately need our help. If you can find it in your heart to open your home to one of these animals I promise you that you will not regret it.

Izzy’s Story

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Today I came across a very upsetting post by savingpets.com.au in regards to some really criminal behaviour that the RSPCA in Perth, Western Australia has been accused of. According to this article a beautiful timid King Charles Cavalier and her four, four week old puppies were euthanised for no comprehensible reason.

It is really is a sad day indeed when people running animal shelters are found to be harming animals instead of protecting them.

Here is the article about the RSPCA and Izzy, maybe if more people hear about this, something will get done to prevent other innocent animals losing their lives.
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The RSPCA WA is being questioned by the state government regarding their processes for euthanasia.

The WA Government has raised fears the RSPCA is destroying pets that could be kept alive.
Documents obtained by The Sunday Times reveal Agriculture Department boss Rob Delane was told of a case last year where medical histories did not support the destruction of some pets.

“It is unclear whether the RSPCA had sufficient grounds to destroy these animals,” a briefing note for Mr Delane dated May 2013 said

The notes prepared for Mr Delane warn the RSCPA’s processes were “inadequate”.

Even RSPCA staff seemed to have little faith in the ‘system’;

Revelations of the documents come as a former RSPCA regional inspector, who asked not to be named, also expressed concerns about the treatment of animals by the organisation.

The inspector, who resigned last year, said she would regularly try to rehome animals in country areas rather than bring them to the Perth shelter because she feared they would be put down.

“I wouldn’t take my animals up there,” she said.

“Some puppies would get put down at eight weeks and they would say they had behavioural problems,” she said……

The RSPCA remain unapologetic:

RSPCA state chief executive David van Ooren said no disciplinary action had been taken and the allegations in the report had not been substantiated.

An RSPCA spokesman said there were “very clear” and “well-developed” policies relating to the euthanasia of animals.

So how does this “well developed” policy work in practice?

The dog pictured above is Izzy. She was a breeding dog seized by the RSPCA under an alleged breach of WA’s animal protection laws. She entered the care of the RSPCA in March 2012. She was only a baby herself (probably less that two years old) but she was heavily pregnant.

Izzy was placed with foster carer, Cath (an experienced human midwife and dog lover) and her husband (a senior vet) so she couldn’t have been in more compassionate, capable hands. It was a new start to a happier life.

Izzy gave birth to four healthy babies; Izzy was ‘typical’ of many neglected dogs; sad, skittish and scared. She was terribly and heartbreakingly under socialised. The family worked hard to make her life peaceful, to give her good food and comfort, and to let her know everything was going to be ok. And under their care, Izzy showed she was a loving and competent mum – working hard to clean and feed her pups, growing them into cute little fat bellies.

Cath’s family worked hard to make sure these pups were getting all they needed to grow into healthy, happy dogs. Her daughter delighted in helping ‘socialise’ these babies and they learned to walk and eat solid food.

Not surprisingly, the family fell in love with these guys and considered adopting one themselves, but found that even as volunteers, the RSPCA adoption fees were prohibitive;

“We were going to keep one, but despite the fact I was volunteering my time to look after Izzy when she was pregnant and now raise a litter of puppies for them – they still want to charge me $700 for a puppy!!

Cath kept Izzy, and the four pups for a total of 4 weeks, before taking them back to the RSPCA for their scheduled check up. Cath assumed that she would drop them off in the morning, and pick them up in the afternoon, to continue her fostering.

“They simply wouldn’t give them back after I dropped them all in for a check over. I rang every day asking what was happening and when could I go back and get them. They kept fobbing me off. It was only after I asked for a meeting with the CEO and they realised I wasn’t going away that I was told they were already dead.

I had Izzy behaving and responding to us beautifully after a while. But they killed her and all of her pups. They didn’t indicate to me at all that they were at risk – they did it all without telling me.

My husband is a senior vet. We never saw the pups do anything strange behaviourally. Izzy was timid, but she was really coming good. And those pups were fine.”

Izzy and her pups were given a ‘behavioural assessment’ at the RSPCA kennel facility. All five failed.

Next, as is the procedure, each of these young dogs were held. Their leg was shaved. A syringe of poison was drawn. And then one by one they were injected until their lively, waggling bodies went limp and they were dead.

All under the RSPCA’s “well developed” policies.

The community has the expectation that animals entering RSPCA care will be given every chance to be rehabilitated. Pet lovers give tens of millions of dollars in donations every year believing that they are supporting life affirming processes. I don’t know a single rescue group who, if called, wouldn’t have found a place for these guys. But they didn’t survive being ‘sheltered’ by the RSPCA.

Izzy deserved a second chance. Her babies deserved a first one.
Our shelters should not be this way. They do not have to be. The killing has got to stop.

My Facebook Movie

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Facebook today is going crazy with everyone sharing their own personal Facebook Movie. To be honest it has been really lovely reminiscing over old photos and posts, not only my own but everyone else’s too.

Turns out I joined Facebook in 2009 which makes sense, as I was wanting to check it all out and get use to it before my eldest son joined. I know that Facebook gets a bad wrap quite often, but I have really loved being part of the Facebook community. It has allowed me to get in touch with family and friends all over the world.

Life is busy for everyone and we don’t always get a chance to keep in touch as much as we would like to with friends and even family. Facebook is my way of staying connected with people. I get to watch my friends and family grow through the photos they share. I share in the joys of their day to day lives, get to laugh with funny memes and connect with various organisations and sites that are of interest to me.

So Happy 10th Birthday Facebook, thanks for making the world seem smaller by bringing people together.

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Success

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What would possess someone after three years to just decided one day that they no longer want their dog and instead of taking the time to find another home for it, or even just have the decency to hand it into their local animals shelter, they just open the gate one day and let it out.

That’s what happened to this gorgeous blue Staffy, her first owner sold her to someone else and then after three years that second owner just let her go. Mind blowing isn’t it? Who does that? No one decent that’s for sure.

When the RSPCA finally managed to track the owner down he just plain and simply told them that he no longer wants her and that they are free to rehome her if they wish.

Fortunately the RSPCA then contacted the breeder, my friend, who quickly collected the poor thing. She was very stressed suffering from extreme anxiety. Together we pooled our resources contacted any and every animal lover we know and finally managed to find a forever home for this gorgeous girl.

So tonight I’m happy, happy in the knowledge that this beautiful, sweet, loyal girl has found a home where she will be loved and cared for just as she deserves.