Halloween’s coming up next week, and talk of monsters made us realise that Medusa would have a ball at our Brisbane Animal Care Campus. The adoptions area now has a dedicated space for creatures with scales and slimy tails like Merv, thanks to a partnership between RSPCA Qld and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP).
The Reptile Room is a hive of activity, with eight carpet pythons, a children’s pythons, and two saw-shelled turtles currently enjoying the terrariums. The space has also proven to be a haven for reptile-lovers and animal welfare supporters, with many people choosing to give a scaly friend a second chance at life. If you have enough room in your home and heart for a more unusual pet, please drop by the Campus to meet our reptilian residents. If you’d like to adopt, you’ll need to obtain a reptile permit from the EHP in advance, and bring it to the Campus. You can apply for the permit by clicking here. A property check may also be required.
Here are the vital stats of reptiles that are currently available for adoption from our Brisbane Animal Care Campus:
• Blanche, male carpet python
• Boris, male carpet python, AID: 724141
• Sam, male carpet python. Age 4.5 years, AID: 708100
• Walter, male carpet python, AID: 733965
• Merv, male carpet python, AID: 733963 (pictured above)
• Yani, female carpet python, AID: 733821
• Doris, female carpet python, AID: 724142
• Alex, female carpet python. Age 4.5 years, AID: 708102
• Smoug, male children’s python, AID: 730842
• Scuba Steve, male saw-shelled turtle, AID: 735315 (pictured below)
• Fetlock, female saw-shelled turtle, AID: 735309.
If you’d like to get to know these animals more, search for ‘Reptiles’ at http://adoptapet.com.au. Phone 3426 9999 if you have any queries about the animals, or about adopting them.
Big dogs seeking owners with big hearts
Some dogs are adopted quite quickly from the RSPCA Qld, while other dogs take longer to meet their forever owners. Big dogs often require high fences, some dogs may need to be the only dog in their new home, and others must be rehomed with families with older children. Because of these limitations, dogs like Hooch, Bruce and Marmaduke, can spend months waiting to find their new homes. While RSPCA staff and volunteers, foster carers, and plenty of fun toys reduce stress from the shelter environment, we know that these dogs would prefer a home environment and, of course, loving owners who understand their needs.
If you do find that you have a big enough heart, a big enough home (that, in some cases, must be surrounded by fences at least 6 feet high), and time for training, then a bigger dog may be the ideal fit for you. And, if you are looking to adopt a dog or know someone who is, please take some time to meet the dogs pictured above, as well as the other RSPCA Qld animals available for adoption. You can do this online at http://adoptapet.com.au, or by dropping into your local centre. Here’s a bit about Hooch, Bruce, and Marmaduke:
- Hooch (above left) has been looking for his forever family for 70 days. He’s a two-year-old Bull Arab cross whose high intelligence is matched by his energy levels. He can’t wait to be part of a family that truly includes him in their daily routines and backyard sports. Hooch is a fast learner who already has some training, but his adoption price includes another course. Being a smart, big dog, he needs a home with 6-foot fences. AID: 702021. Hyperlink: http://www.adoptapet.com.au/animal/animalDetails.asp?animalType=3,16®ionID=75&tpage=2&pagesize=16&task=view&statusID=3&animalid=289171
- Bruce (above centre) is taking a break from shelter life in a cosy foster home, but he’d be more than happy to arrange a time to meet with prospective owners. Bruce is an adult Bull Mastiff cross who will need to be rehomed with older children only, and will need an experienced owner to help him flourish. He is a gentle giant who is eager to learn, and training is included in his adoption price. AID: 651726. Hyperlink: http://www.adoptapet.com.au/animal/animalDetails.asp?animalType=3,16®ionID=75&tpage=4&pagesize=16&task=view&statusID=3&animalid=200247
- Marmaduke (above right) is a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback cross German Shepherd. He is just over one year old and is in need of a forever family. He will need to be the only dog in the home, and will need a high fence to keep him safe. AID: 730281. Hyperlink: http://www.adoptapet.com.au/animal/animalDetails.asp?animalType=3,16®ionID=75&tpage=4&pagesize=16&task=view&statusID=3&animalid=301338
Animals adopted from RSPCA Qld enjoy a well-deserved second chance at life, but not many get the chance to travel overseas. We were delighted to learn from Bumba’s owner that she has become a globe-trotting pooch and top travelling companion. The proud owner of the three-year-old Lhasa Apso cross Shih Tzu sent us some happy snaps of Bumba’s trip to Europe this year:
We trust that Bumba would have been a great ambassador for the RSPCA Qld while overseas. Bumba was adopted in August 2012.
Thanks for keeping up to date on our Adoptions Desk work, and please check back for more updates! In the meantime, stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and www.rspcaqld.org.au. We’d love to hear success stories from more RSPCA families, so please email any stories and images to email@example.com for possible publication.
The Adoptions Team