When I was 16 years old I was gifted my very first dog as a birthday present from my parents. She was a beautiful Rottweiler pup and ever since then I’ve always been partial to the breed. Fast forward to the year 2000 and I was volunteering at the RSPCA WA cattery on the weekends. Once I’d finished my 4 hour shift, I would head over to the dog kennels and walk dogs for an hour.

As fate would have it, a stunning 5 year old Rottie named Shadow caught my eye and I started to walk her regularly. After each walk I’d give her a hydro-bath, then take her back to her kennel. Eventually my whole hour of dog walking was spent with Shadow. When my shift ended I would think about her all week, secretly hoping she would’ve been adopted by the time I got there the following weekend.

Shadow was taken to the RSPCA by her female owner, who had escaped her violent partner. Fearing for Shadows safety if she left her behind, and unable to take her with her to her temporary accommodation, she made the heartbreaking decision to surrender her. She knew she’d never see her again, but had no alternative. I cannot even imagine what that must’ve felt like and how horrible and hard it must have been for her to walk away from her loyal best friend.

After 4 weeks, Shadow was still at the RSPCA and there hadn’t been any interest in her. There and then I decided I had to adopt her, and have her join my then fur family of Crazy Daisy the Cocker Spaniel x, and Kasey the Persian cat. And so Bear (as she was renamed) came home.

Bear was a gentle soul, who eventually lost sight in one eye and slowly became more unsteady on her back legs. When I moved in with Deb, Bear spent her days giving Deb moral support while she toiled away on her PhD, often lying by her desk for hours.

Initially she didn’t like men and would rush at them and bark, as if to protect us, but as she got older this slowly dissipated. She lived with us until she was 12. A sudden episode of bloat took her unexpectedly and we held her paw as she passed.

I’ve always been grateful for the time I had with Bear but still feel a pang of sadness for her owner who loved her so much and had to give her up. I think it’s such a sad shame they couldn’t find a way to stay together. So when I recently heard about a new plan to help people in the same situation, it warmed my heart.

The RSPCA has launched a Domestic Violence Scheme, which is being trialled by their Inspectorate. It will provide a pet fostering service for families seeking to escape domestic violence in Western Australia. Pets are often used by abusers as a tool to control, threaten, intimidate and frighten their victim, by harming or threatening to harm the animals.

The aim of the Scheme is to guarantee to victims that RSPCA WA will care for their pets whilst they are in a refuge or temporary accommodation until they are able to find a permanent home. By providing pet fostering facilities for families, they will be reassured that their beloved pets are safe while they make their arrangements.

The RSPCA is now seeking compassionate people to be considered as Foster Carers for the Domestic Violence Scheme.

If you can help, please fill in this electronic form:…/resour…/foster-care-dvs-web.pdf and email it to or for additional info please email



A View from the Outside

Thanks to the RSPCA WA for this sweet piece in their latest “Great & Small” magazine, August issue. Read more at…/res…/greatandsmall-july-web.pdf




Polly’s before and after pics are hard to believe. She has now mastered the wave and is such a gorgeous girl. As someone posted earlier on the image with her Mum and siblings, the first photo breaks your heart … the second photo heals it.

Polly is currently in the care of the RSPCA WA and will soon be available for adoption.




Wow, look at them now. Penelope and her pups are almost unrecognisable with their full coats. A few months ago pregnant Penelope was taken to a local pound then moved to the RSPCA WA  There she had an emergency caesarean and gave birth to her three pups. All four dogs had demodex mange and other health issues, which have slowly healed thanks to medical treatment and lots of tender care.

It’s incredible to see them so healthy and back from the brink. They’ll soonbe up for adoption – except for Pen who has already found a family to call her own. Well done Penelope … your new Mum and Dad are wonderful people and they love you very much!

Speaking of love, if you are seeking a new furry friend head down to the RSPCA shelter this weekend (incl Monday) for their “Lasting Love” adoption event. It gives you with the opportunity to adopt a long term dog, cat or rabbit at half of their normal adoption fee. Check out their sweet faces at…



Get your phones and pets ready. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Paws Walk, we’ve teamed up with The Sunday Times, Perth Now and the RSPCA WA to bring you the ultimate PET SELFIE COMPETITION.

To enter, just email your best pet selfie to along with your full name and contact phone number and you could be in the running to win some fabulous prizes. The top 20 finalists will have their images showcased by Perth Now and displayed at the RSPCA WA Million Paws Walk 2016 and I’ll be selecting the grand prize winner – plus there’s a peoples choice vote, with another chance to win.

Competition closes 5pm on Wednesday 4th May and T&C’s apply. Please visit to read the full terms and conditions. This competition is not affiliated with Facebook.



3 year old Kelpie x, Zac

Eric says “A little more than two years ago my wife and I were on our way to Malaga Markets via Reid Highway but miscalculated our exit. When we realised we were outside the RSPCA WA on Malaga Drive we called in ‘just for a look’.

Of course, when we met ANZAC (so called because of the date the rangers had picked him up from the streets) who was up for adoption and we fell in love. We just couldn’t resist, and we adopted him on the spot.

Zac (we shortened his name) has proven that ‘rescue’ is the best breed and we definitely made the right decision that day. He has been the perfect gentleman in our home although a little over enthusiastic about playing with other dogs at the opposite side of the oval. We love him to bits and he has added so much to our family.”




Mastiff x’s, Kobe (8 years) and Locki (7 years)

Evelyn says “Kobe was our first dog. We we adopted him in 2007 when he was just 8 weeks old from the RSPCA WA. We were told he was a staffy cross, but with the size of his paws, we had our doubts but we didn’t care as it was love at first sight.

As my partner and I both worked, we thought we should get Kobe a friend and six months later were back at the RSPCA WA to try and adopt another. As I was the only girl living in a house full of boys (my partner, the dog, the birds, and, I suspected, even the fish) we stood in the car park and had a pep talk to agree that we were only going to get a puppy if they had a staffy sized girl. We shook on it and went in.

There were only two puppies available that day. Both were boys and were 8 week old mastiff x boxers. We thought that we’d just have a look, afterall, who can resist just having a look at a puppy. Another couple were also looking at both of the pups. We walked into the puppy pen and Locki looked up and made a bee line straight for my partner. He wiggled his little stub of a tail (he was born with half a tail) and then turned around and just sat on his foot. That was it, our agreement for a girl was forgotten. He picked us and the rest is history.

Locki hasn’t been very lucky in the health stakes. He was first diagnosed with Diabetes when he was about 3 years old. Then he was diagnosed with hyper-thyroidism, This means twice daily tablets and twice daily insulin injections. Plus all the daily jabs (under his upper lip) for the monitoring of his blood sugar levels. As is common with Diabetes, he developed cataracts and was slowly going blind.

Kobe became his ‘seeing eye dog” and they would walk side by side or nose to tail everywhere and really became inseparable. We saved up and Locki had cataract surgery last year, but after a few subsequent surgeries were unable to save one of his eyes and now we have a winky one eyed dog.

With all the after-care required for eye surgery and shuttling him to and from the specialist, Locki came to work with me everyday in my office in the city for 5 months … much to Kobe’s disgust! He became the unofficial office dog and there were even rumours he was even getting a company email address and his picture up on the website. Thank fully his eye is all healed up and he is back at home with Kobe now, where they get to just be dogs together.”

Kobe & Locki




7 year old Lab, Grover and 3 year old Boxer x, Daniel

Rhoda says “Grover is a purebred lab who came from Melbourne where he was destined to be a Customs drug detector dog. He unfortunately (fortunately for us!) didn’t pass his training due to being easily distracted(yes that’s our boy still!) so at the age of 19 months in November 2009 he travelled to his forever home in Perth.

Daniel (aka Danny or Dan Dan) came to live with us when we adopted him in September 2013 from the RSPCA WA. Daniel has been mistreated and is an anxious, shy and at times can appear aggressive dog however that is not him at all. He is very loving and caring and loves nothing more than running around in the park with his big brother Grover.

Grover and Daniel are best friends who adore each other. We love them so much. Grover is my little tail who follows me everywhere when I’m home and Daniel is our little protector who thinks his role is to keep everyone away from “our” home!”

Grover & Daniel



9 year old Rottie x Staffy, Josie

Christine told me there weren’t many strangers Josie has bonded with in the past 8 years – I felt privileged to be one of the lucky few she felt safe with. What a beautiful girl!

Christine says “Josie was returned to the RSPCA WA in 2007 aged 2 by the same couple who rescued her from there as a puppy – sadly, they chose to have a child and no longer wanted a dog. She appeared as the RSPCA’s TV news weather dog, put on her best performance but kept getting overlooked … until we laid eyes on her.

Josie was perfect to us … and still is. Part Staffy means part human of course and part Rotti means she’s a big mushball and at almost 10 years old, still thinks she’s a lapdog. Despite grey chops and arthritis, she’s still a big puppy at heart. Her favourite thing? Cuddles of course … and squeaky toys!

When Josie first arrived at our house, she immediately disappeared indoors. I found her sitting directly in front of our previous dog, Star’s, ashes. Star crossed over to Rainbow Bridge not long before and the sight of her sitting with Star confirmed to me that we were guided to our Josie.

A few minutes later, that somber moment was lifted. Josie had met George, our Sun Conure parrot. George swooped Josie to let her know he was in charge. And so the hierarchy was set.”



14 year old Terrier x, Jessy and 8 year old Terrier x, McTavish

Annette says “Jessy was a wee little ball of what looked like a long legged Jack Russell, curled up on a blanket in a pen at the RSPCA WA when we first saw her. After introducing her to our existing dog, LaToya (another rescue dog that had been thrown out of a Toyota as a pup, hence the name), Jessy came home with us.

The first thing she did was jump up on the couch, then the bed and then growl at LaToya because she decided the kitchen was her territory as well!

Jessy’s claim to fame is her ability to get a glass jar of honey with lid on, down from the kitchen bench, without breaking it on the tiled floor, taking it to my bed, removing the metal lid and licking out the remaining third of honey. Not once, but on two separate occasions!

McTavish is a rescue boy as well and we call him the baby of the family – even though he is around 8 years old. He will always be our baby boy. McTavish plays with any bug / rodent that he can catch. It’s his fave thing to do!”