Shifts at the adoption desk are full of surprises, challenges, and inspiring stories, which we either witness firsthand, or hear of from fellow volunteers, new RSPCA families, and other supporters. We decided to start a blog to share some of these tales, in the hope that, by reading and taking action, you can help us turn the stories of as many animals as possible into dreams come true. Happy reading!
Scruffy’s Big Adopt Out
This playful Bull Arab cross was one of the animals who we hoped would meet his dream family at our Big Adopt Out event last Saturday, September 21. The massive adoption event was like speed dating for shelter animals and prospective owners, and it was love at first sight when one family saw Scruffy’s friendly face. However, Scruffy returned to our Wacol campus after the big day. His brief return to shelter life was interrupted when the same family came to meet him a week later, this time with all family members present. Scruffy and the family were again delighted with each other and, after the appropriate paperwork and checks were completed, Scruffy left for his forever home. We’re sure that the lovable 18-month-old will relish the company of two loving parents and older boys, and we know that they’ll enjoy a lifetime of his company as much as we did two months.
Find your perfect pet these school holidays
Last week kicked off school holidays, and we were pleased that many families spent some of their time off visiting our campuses. We’re looking forward to meeting more visitors in the second week of school holidays, and are more than happy to assist families in meeting and greeting prospective pets. As well as cats and dogs, we also have pocket pets, reptiles, and farm animals available for adoption.
In fact, our Wacol campus barnyard is currently home to a herd of goats in need of loving homes. Like all goats, the 10 we are caring for are full of personality, and they’re all very agile, inquisitive, and playful. The herd’s numbers have grown since mid-August, and the mismatched bunch of Alpine, Australian Miniature, Saneen and Boer mixes have formed many friendships over apples and chaff. See some of favourite barnyard images below, or drop in to meet them in person:
Goats are obviously herd animals, so they are best kept in groups –preferably in a pair of goats, but they have been known to bond with many other animals, including livestock and dogs. If you have room in your heart (and well-fenced yard) for an energetic animal friend, here are the details of some of the goats currently available for adoption:
• Betty – small female Alpine cross, AID: 739888
• Heniz – juvenile male Australian Miniature cross, AID: 738802
• Gilly – adult Saneen cross, arrived with Gabe AID: 733889 (above top)
• Gabe – adult Australian Miniature cross, arrived with Gilly AID: 733888 (above bottom)
• Dill – male Boer cross AID: 736325.
Phone 1300 364 443 if you’re interested in adopting a goat or other animal from RSPCA Qld. Remember that council permissions may be required to keep goats, and that there may be restrictions dependent on property size and zoning.
Paws for thought
Paws for thought We recently received two success stories with a common thread – these playful boys both have a penchant for ‘helping’ their owners work from home. Check out their pawsitively distracting poses:
Kobe (above) is relaxing in his new home after spending the first months of his life at our Wacol campus. The tabby was surrendered the day after his birth in late March. Fosters exposed him to family life, and he’s received a rave review from his new owner, Tracey: “He is really good natured and entertains us with his playful behaviour… I’m very pleased with how well he has been kitty-litter trained, thanks heaps!” AID: 706123
As you can see, Ralph (above) has the same approach to working from home. The five-month-old tabby has helped his owner with many editing shifts over the past two months. His owner Denise said that Ralph is the perfect ‘colleague’, and admitted that he was napping on her desk as she wrote the following email: “Ralph has settled in very well to our small family… I work from home when I’m not travelling for work and he’s become quite the companion….” AID: 726968
Ex-long-termer makes brave donation
December 12, 2012, was a very lucky day for Bull Arab cross Brock and his foster family. After six months at the RSPCA, Brock found his perfect place in the world when he was in foster with a couple and their Boxer, Sophie. Foster-carer and vet nurse Kaitlyn reported that Brock cried a bit, but that his new-found friendship with Sophie really “brought him out of his shell.” Kaitlyn and her partner decided to add to their family by adopting Brock. He and Sophie now play all the time, and love going to the beach and the dog park.
Nine months on from Brock’s adoption, Kaitlyn found a way to ‘pay it forward’ this September. When a patient at the veterinary clinic where Kaitlyn works required an urgent blood transfusion, Kaitlyn said she knew the perfect dog for the job: “Brock was very brave, and sat perfectly still for the vet… He saved a life, just like the RSPCA saved his. Thank you to the RSPCA who gave Brock a second chance, so that he was able to give that chance to a fellow canine…” AID: 652088
Thanks for reading our first Adoptions Desk blog, and please check back next week for another update. In the meantime, stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter, and feel free to visit www.rspcaqld.org.au. We’d also love to hear success stories from more RSPCA families – please email any stories and images to email@example.com for possible publication.
Cheers, The Adoptions Team