Yesterday I decided to tag along with our RSPCA ACT Inspectors for the afternoon. They investigated seven different complaints within a two-hour period and all but one was related to what we would call a ‘nuisance’ complaint – most frequently that of dogs barking.
On the 25th February, an eight-year old Australian Bulldog named Jaxon was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. Like so many other dogs of his breed, he came to us with significant health issues related to his exaggerated features.
In order for him to live a healthy and longer life, our vet team would have to perform significant surgery just to help him breath. In Jaxon’s case, his teeth are overcrowded and the soft palate was too loose and floppy to allow for adequate air flow resulting in a daily struggle, much like a person with chronic asthma.
There has been a lot of talk lately about Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) for dogs after a number of horrific attacks locally. The entire community including RSPCA ACT has a desire to see a reduction and prevention in dog attacks from occurring. However, using legislation in this manner has proven to be ineffective in reducing dog attacks.
Summer is well and truly here and many people are already planning their holidays! If you plan to bring your furry companion along with you there are things you should consider.
Here are our top tips to ensure that your holiday is everything to remember – for the right reasons!
1. Pet-Friendly? Make sure wherever you’re going allows animals. Some beaches and campsites that normally allow them may have different rules during the busy holiday period. Give them a phone call and do your research.
RSPCA ACT Inspectors are seeking information from the public in relation to a female Australian Silky Terrier that was located with disturbing injuries in the Duffy area on 19/12/16.
Following a veterinary examination, RSPCA ACT is concerned about how these injuries occurred. If you have any knowledge about an incident involving this dog, please call Senior Inspector Catherine Croatto on 0407 078 221.
All information provided will be dealt with in a confidential manner.
RSPCA ACT is currently bursting at the seams with cats and dogs desperately seeking a happy and loving home for the holidays and beyond.
To help them find their Christmas miracle, our Weston Shelter is reducing the adoption fee from tomorrow for ALL ADULT cats and dogs to $99 until Christmas Eve.
On 11 November 2015 RSPCA ACT Inspectors arrived at a Deakin residence after complaint was called in regarding the welfare of a dog at the premises. It was raining heavily and a large Wolfhound cross dog was sighted lying on its side in the rear yard. He was lying in mud, clearly unwell, fully exposed to the elements with no shelter available.
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has stated that the Canberra Liberals would not ban Greyhound Racing in the ACT without an independent inquiry. This announcement comes despite evidence presented by RSPCA ACT to the government showing that over 90% of trainers are NSW based with links to the live baiting scandal amongst other animal welfare concerns.
For the second year in a row RSPCA ACT is implementing our ‘Frisky Tom’ campaign. The campaign aims to desex 1,500 cats over a three-year period with the goal of reducing the unwanted cat population in the ACT.
Why is this so exciting?
RSPCA ACT and participating vet clinics will offer FREE desexing to cat owners who hold a current Centrelink or DVA Gold Card, and live within the ACT or bordering NSW communities including Jerrabomberra, Queanbeyan, Googong and Karabar.
Don’t have one of those? No problem!
It has just been announced that the ACT Government will follow New South Wale’s lead and ban Greyhound Racing in the Territory.
NSW Premier Mike Baird announced earlier today that the NSW Government would end the practice on the 1st July 2017. All eyes were now on the ACT Government and the future of the industry in the Canberra region.
At 4pm they released a statement declaring their intentions of developing processes to end the practice, “There is no future for this industry in the ACT”.