Category Archives: Pet Adoptions

Pedro the Playful Puppy!

RSPCA Vollie Playing With Giants

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This past Tuesday I was introduced to Pedro. A puppy, if you can believe it, which thanks to his mix of Bull Arab X is still learning his own size. Pedro is a beautiful boy who has a shiny black coat, white patch on his chest and warm eyes.  He has a tail that simply does not stop wagging when he is happy, which is all the time! He has extremely long legs, which go any which way when he is running.

My time with Pedro was interesting; I took dozens of photos just to get these two where he is still enough so he isn’t just a blur on the screen. We went for a walk where he discovered his love for tennis balls! Although he loves to play fetch, sometimes the ball just doesn’t come back to you, as he is quite happy to play with himself! Now just like any child, he needs to be reminded of his manners, however unlike most children he is a great listener and will sit for you on first command.

Update: Since writing this blog entry, Pedro has been adopted by a lovely family…

By Claire Thrift, Volunteer.

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Reaching capacity and rehoming more pets and animals

I’ve now been with the RSPCA for nearly ten years and this is the first time all our Queensland animal care centres have been full. And when I say full I mean FULL. This is particularly worrying as Christmas is fast approaching and we unfortunately get a lot of animals surrendered at the start of the Christmas holidays.

The situation is doubly frustrating because we’ve actually re-homed over two thousand more animals state wide than we had at this time last year and four thousand more than two years ago. RSPCA Qld now re-homes more animals than any other animal welfare organisation in Australia. The reason for this is that we’re now spending more time and money on working with dogs that have borderline behavioural and veterinary issues. Consequently they often spend longer with us before being available for adoption. More than ever now we’re also working closely with the different rescue groups. The extra effort is worth it for the animals but the downside is that we have animals waiting to come in to the care centres. We never want to get to the stage where we have to turn away an animal so we really need to find new homes urgently.

One of the most common reasons people give for surrendering an animal is the fact that their new landlord or body corporate has a “no pets” policy. (Approximately 25% of all adult dogs and cats.). Obviously we need more pet friendly accommodation and let’s be logical-if someone is taking good care of their pet there’s a good chance they’ll take good care of your property. Also a recent survey showed that pet friendly accommodation had a higher resale value than non “pet friendly” accommodation. In simple terms then we’re urging anyone thinking of getting a pet to make the RSPCA their first port of call. We’re hoping to rehome 1300 animals during November which would be a 26% increase on last year. You can check out available animals on www.adoptapet.com.au or visit www.rspcaqld.org.au and follow the adoptions links.Of course all RSPCA dogs and cats are de-sexed and micro-chipped.

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With this in mind here are three examples of the hundreds of animals up for adoption. First of all meet Pepper the Pig (AID 721718) . She’s four months old and came to us in July when she was found lying on the road in very poor condition and very weak. Our ambulance picked her up and after some TLC she’s looking for a home.

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Next up there’s Crystal a three year old Bull Arab cross. ( AID 733905) She was part of a cruelty case when she came in and was a bit timid. However she’s fine now and would love a new home.

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Lastly there’s Michael the Domestic Short Hair cat.(AID 735 072). He’s one year old and came to us at the end of August as his owner had too many cats and was not allowed to keep any more.  But don’t forget there heaps more that need homes. Nearly 700 to be exact.

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Our Wildlife Hospital has been busier than ever. The combination of Spring and dog and cat attacks has seen native animals taking a hiding. As per normal Wildlife nurse Maddie has been busy helping to bring new life into the world. Known affectionately as our ‘egg lady’, Maddie currently has several Ibis eggs in her incubator at home. They were found by a spotter catcher doing clearing at Chermside on Brisbane’s north side. They came in with four older Ibis babies. The older ones were vet checked, then sent to Pelican and Seabird Rescue for care. The eggs and the neonate will remain with Maddie, who is still incubating the eggs and will raise the chicks. When they’re old enough, they will go to another carer who will get them ready to be released back to the wild. Maddie is having a very successful year with eggs!

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This year I was honoured to be nominated for BMag’s Person of the Year award. As I pointed out to the magazine there were scores more deserving people within the RSPCA than me. I’m just the twit that gets on the radio. Anyway the award presentations were this week. I didn’t win of course but my wife Cecile and son Liam and I were thrilled to meet Li Cunxin, who wrote the wonderful book Mao’s Last Dancer and is currently Director of the Queensland Ballet. I also caught up long time friend Chris Adams from 4BC and my old mate Stefan. I’ve still got the set of golf clubs he gave me back in the mid eighties! It was a fun night.

Michael Beatty
@BT1949

The Reptile Room and Adopting Big Dogs from the RSPCA

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).

Snakes alive!
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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.

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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.

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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:

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:

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We trust that Bumba would have been a great ambassador for the RSPCA Qld while overseas. Bumba was adopted in August 2012.

Thanks

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 digital@rspcaqld.org.au for possible publication.

Cheers,
The Adoptions Team

From the Animal Adoption’s Desk

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

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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:

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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:

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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

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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.

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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

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Thanks!

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 digital@rspcaqld.org.au for possible publication.

Cheers, The Adoptions Team

Our first Big Adopt Out and the story of Swan Lake

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What a day! Our first Big Adopt Out at the RNA on Saturday could not have gone better. Well Ok, maybe there is a bit of tweaking to do but all in all for our first run it was amazingly successful. It was really heartening to see all the rescue and welfare groups come together for what is, after all, a common cause and what we’re all about. Friends of the Hound were rapt because at the end of the day they had 25 people who said they definitely wanted to adopt a greyhound and Red Collar Rescue had to send for more dogs because they’d run out. By the end of the day 104 dogs had been rehomed and another 66 were on hold.

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While driving in, I got a call that nearly made me drive off the road.

“There’s been a fight!”

“Oh No!” Visions of massive canine carnage sprung to mind.

“Not a dog fight! A human fight!”

Blimey! It was only just after 9am and it wasn’t as if the RNA was in the middle of the Valley. Anyway we’re not exactly sure what caused it but the Police dealt with it. I’m assured it wasn’t that they both wanted to adopt the same dog!

This week saw the hearing of the appeal of the sentence handed down to Wayne Hartwig over the brutal bashing of two Alpacas at Caboolture High School last October. One of the Alpacas died and the other had to be euthanased because of the extent of its injuries. The case made headlines throughout Australia and there was massive community outrage. Hartwig was originally sentenced to six months but was released on immediate parole. Thankfully the Attorney General appealed the sentence as being “manifestly inadequate.”

Our Chief Inspector in charge of Prosecutions Annabel Buchanan and I both attended the hearing in the Supreme Court and realised the appeal was actually being based on a point of law. Anyway the judges have reserved their decision which should come within a month.

And now to the matter of “Swan Lake”. This is another decision that is already sparking major community concern.

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The lake at the Port of Brisbane, named Swan Lake due to the large numbers of Black Swans, is set to be filled in by the new owners Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd and replaced with a parking lot for new car arrivals awaiting to go to dealers.

More than 160 species of birds have been recorded in the lake and its surroundings, and 50-70 species can be found there on most days. This picturesque scene was created by the previous publicly owned authority as an environmental lake as part of the drainage strategy for the benefit of nature and the wider community. An award winning restaurant, café, theatrette and visitor centre has been built on its shore and this is also earmarked to be demolished after operating for only a decade.

Environmental and animal welfare groups, (RSPCA Qld included), have formed a strong alliance representing tens of thousands of supporters and we’re determined to stop what we call cruel environmental vandalism.

It’s simply not necessary for this to happen. 1,000 birds are normally seen in and around the lake at any one time. These include bush birds such as Fairy-wrens and Honeyeaters that frequent the landscaped gardens that are also under threat.

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Reports commissioned by the Port showed that the iconic Black Swans were seen in every survey, sometimes 200 were sighted. Where are they all going to go? Port also reported no breeding birds were found. However only two visits were made, both outside the breeding season!”

What concerns me and I’m sure will concern the Brisbane public is that this whole area was set aside to offset the original damage done to environment. You can’t turn around a few years later and say “Sorry we’re taking it back!” It just makes a mockery of any environmental agreements agreed to by any company, including mining companies. Surely we need to be looking into the future. The area can become a wonderful tourist attraction. The infrastructure is already there. An established bird paradise should not be replaced by concrete to park cars. It doesn’t make sense and it won’t make sense to any Queenslander.

The RSPCA is also concerned about the possible animal welfare issues because these birds will be forced from their home into areas that are already under pressure from an influx of inland waterbirds suffering from the drought. They may well starve to death. It’s also a shame to lose a potentially world class educational facility.”

The Port claims that it has “no choice” but to fill in the lake, but the Swan Lake Alliance says there are numerous alternatives and this lake and its surrounds are only 1.5% of the area available to Port.

Finally this week some good news from the Wildlife Hospital. (Thanks to Yvette for allowing me to poach from your Pack news.) The staff and vollies received two patients whose stories reminded them that there are still people in the community who really do care about wildlife and are happy to do what they can to help our native friends.

Tuppence the barn owl

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Tuppence is an adorable 40-day-old barn owl. She (we’re making an assumption, as we can’t be sure of her gender) was found in a paddock at the bottom of her nest tree. An ambulance was sent to reunite her with her parents, but the nest was way too high. Because dogs were in the area, she was brought back to us for care. After a night in our Wildlife Hospital, a visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and then more time in our hospital, her finders were contacted and were happy to help reunite her with her family.

The finders built a ladder for her to hop back into her nest. It was a success and she has since learnt to fly and flown off into the world. She will stay in the area for a little while to mooch off of mum and dad, but she will become independent and head off to find her own mate and start her own family.

Commando the possum

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Commando has been through a very traumatic time. She had a mild infection which caused her to stay on the ground. Then she was kicked by some teenagers. A young member of the public saw the incident and rushed to her aid.

He kept her overnight and fed her, gave her water and kept her warm before bringing her in to us. Luckily she didn’t sustain any serious injuries and was put on pain meds and antibiotics. Thanks to the kindness of a stranger, Commando will be released once she has recovered.

As I always say when I’m talking at clubs and functions-working for the RSPCA is a bit like a roller coaster ride. A mixture of the good, the bad and the very ugly. BUT! The Good always outweighs the bad and the ugly!

Michael Beatty
@bt1949