Posts Tagged ‘RSPCA WA’



Come along to the Dogs Day Out – Whiteman Park on Sunday 15th October and celebrate all things dog. We’ll be offering an event special on our studio pet photo sessions which will only be available on site. Be sure to visit our marquee for details.

Pick up tips and hints, loads of great pet products and even get your fur-friend bathed and groomed at this year’s event. Plus, don’t miss the Giant Ball Drop, with up to 1,000 numbered balls will be dropped ‘from the sky’ for a very spectacular ‘raffle’, raising funds for the RSPCA WA and Whiteman Park’s Dog Park.

There’s also stalls galore, food and drinks, a face painter, and a Scooby Doo bouncy castle. This is an event for the whole family – pooch and all!

Dogs are permitted and encouraged to attend but must be on a lead at all times. Dogs requiring muzzles by law must wear them at all times.

Hope to see you there!



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.



Meet Penelope (Mum) and her three puppies Preston, Presley and Polly.

They were recently surrendered to the RSPCA WA and have a skin condition called Demodex, which is caused by tiny mites.

Many veterinarians believe all dogs have a small number of these mites residing in their skin and having a few mites is common and normal. When immune related, nutritional or environmental stresses impact on a dog, hair loss can occur causing visible skin lesions from the mites which become noticeable.

Due to the poor nutrition she received as a pup, our own pooch Pip the Black Beetle had Demodex as a pup before her rescue. With care overseen by her vet and lots of love at home, she was soon 100% again and all her hair grew back – just as it will for Penelope, Preston, Presley and Polly. They are thriving on their treatment plan and as soon as they are back to full health they will eventually be available for adoption.

The RSPCA is always seeking foster carers and volunteers, to help with dogs and puppies in need. For further information, please visit ‪#‎RSPCAWA‬



6 year old Silky Terrier x, Betty and 8 – 10 year old Maltese x Shih Tzu,Tessie

Bronwyn says “Betty and Tess are both rescue dogs. Betty was adopted from the RSPCA WA in 2011. At the time she only weighed 3.5 kg and you could see every rib.

It took Betty about 12 months to show her true personality. Now she rules the house and the other dogs. She can hear when someone is walking down the road 500m away and will let them know to avoid our house. She is a jealous little beast and tries to monopolise me and does not realise legs are for walking. She can be a little timid when meeting males for the first time – she’s not aggressive, just a little scared. Once she gets to know you then your lap is hers.

Tess was adopted after seeing she needed a new home. I was told she was active and playful but but it didn’t take me long to realise this couldnt be further from the truth. She is the grandma of the house. Betty and my housemates dog will be playing and Tess will watch them and bark at them to behave. If they get too boisterous she will give them a tap on the head to settle down.

It is difficult to get a hug out of Tess as she is a little standoffish, however (rarely) she will come just for a little cuddle so you have to take advantage of that time when it does happen. She doesn’t like to be picked up or carried, unless there is a thunder storm. Then she doubles as a hat as she wraps around your head. If I have more than two visitors in the house, Tess will greet them and then retreat to the bedroom until they leave.

Betty can be a little naughty sometimes. I had people coming around for lunch and had the dips, cheeses etc on the table ready to go. Betty knew she wasn’t allowed near the food but she jumped on the chair on the other side of the table so I couldn’t see her, then slowly dragged the table cloth towards her to try to get the food. I caught her just before the food fell off the table to the floor.

Tessie can be a little cautious when trying new foods. I bought her a puppoli cannoli to try. She loved the smell of it but did not know what to do with it. She carried it around all day until it suddenly disappeared. I assumed she had eaten it. That night when going to bed, I found the cannoli under my pillow. I put it aside and gave it back to her in the morning. It wasn’t until it had softened enough in her mouth she realised she could actually eat it. It disappeared in 30 seconds flat, approx. 30 hours after she got it.”

Betty & Tessie



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