Pet Well-being

Charity Pets in the Park official launch in Canberra

Pets in the Park official launch in Canberra

Thanks to Pets in the Park, more homeless pet owners to get access to free veterinary care in the ACT Photo: Clique Photography Sydney

OFFICIAL LAUNCH CEREMONY OF PETS IN THE PARK IN CANBERRA

  • Currently, 105,237 people are homeless in Australia and 1,785 people in the ACT don’t have a place to call home (www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au)
  • More homeless pet owners to get access to free veterinary care in the ACT
  • Launch event held on 3rd November at 2pm at the Salvation Army Hall in Braddon
  • Speaking, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA, Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion
  • Speaking, Hon Dr. Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Minister for Charity and Not For Profits

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Bushfire safety for pets

Bushfire safety for pets

Bushfire safety for pets tips. Photo: Swifts Creek, Victoria. Credit: Wikipedia Commons Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Are you and your pets ready for the bushfire season? With 80% of New South Wales covered by grasslands, the warmer months ahead will bring an increased risk of fires and threaten the lives of humans and their animals.  Forethought on bushfire safety for pets may mean the difference between survival or losing your pet. Continue Reading →

Mental illness in pets

Mental illness in pets

Mental illness in pets. Photo by Matty Sievers on Unsplash

During this Mental Health Week, the peak body for veterinarians, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners to keep a watchful eye on the mental health of not just people, but also their pets.  Like humans, mental illness in pets can develop and it’s important to diagnose them and commence treatment as early as possible. Continue Reading →

RSPCA NSW Safe Beds for Pets Q & A

RSPCA NSW Safe Beds for Pets

Safe Beds for Pets caseworker Kaitlin with Sadie and Oscar the office cat

It is common practice for the perpetrator of domestic violence to lure family members back home, or prevent them from leaving, by threatening to harm the pet. Sometimes it is also the lack of pet-friendly accommodation options that stop people from leaving a dangerous situation.  With the RSPCA NSW Safe Beds for Pets Program, families can now leave domestic violence situations and not fear for the safety of their pets. Continue Reading →

PIAA Pet First Aid Workshops in Australia

PIAA Pet First Aid workshops in Australia

PIAA Pet First Aid Workshops in Australia

PIAA is excited to be offering Pet First Aid Workshops across Australia. If you are involved in the pet
industry or even a dedicated pet owner, then this course is a must do.  The PIAA Pet First Aid workshops are designed for a caring pet owner, walkers & pet minders, pet boarders, pet groomers and anyone who is simply interested in learning about pet health & pet care. Continue Reading →

5 Tips to find a good pet sitter in Australia

5 Tips to find a good pet sitter in Australia

Tips to find a good pet sitter in Australia

Photo: Andrew Branch/Unsplash.com

When it comes to finding a good pet sitter in Australia over the holidays, it can be a nerve wracking and stressful time. Your pet is a member of the family and while it would be great to be able to take them away with you wherever you go, from time to time we need to make alternative arrangements.

Finding a great pet sitter, with whom you can entrust your beloved pet, might seem like a challenging experience but once you break it down to a few key elements, you’ll find that it’s actually pretty easy.

We asked Tiahn Wetzler from findadogminder.com.au to share her top 5 tips to find a good pet sitter in Australia.  Continue Reading →

10 New Year resolutions for pets

10 New Year resolutions for pets

New Year resolutions for pets The year of the Monkey starts on the 8th of February in the Chinese New Year calendar, but let’s don’t forget our cats and dogs.

In this edition of the Bark n Purr, we share our top 10 New Year resolutions for pets to keep them happy and healthy in 2016.  And a happy pet means a happy pet parent! Continue Reading →

Pet euthanasia – a personal journey

Pet euthanasia – a personal journey

Pet euthanasia - a personal story

Cathy Beer and Toby

Many pet parents will eventually have to face pet euthanasia. In this edition of the Bark n Purr, I share with you my story of pet euthanasia and a few tips to help you face it without fear.

On Monday 14th December 2015, my husband and I had to make the heart breaking decision to put our 15 year old rescue dog, Toby, to sleep.  We knew euthanasia was the best thing to do. It would be our final act of love for our rapidly deteriorating dog. Nevertheless we were grief stricken at the thought of not seeing Toby again.
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Litter box problems

Litter  box problemsGetting to Zero (G2Z) is an organisation which aims to achieve zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats and dogs in Australia. Last month I attended the G2Z Summit at the Gold Coast. For three days non-stop I immersed myself in inspiring presentations and provocative conversations about cats and dogs. During the Summit, I learned that 80,000 cats are euthanased annually in Australia and litter box problems is one of the main reasons cats are surrendered to the pound. In this edition of the Bark n Purr, I share with you tips to prevent your cat developing litter box problems from American Animal behaviourist Trish McMillan Loehr.  Whether you have a cat or thinking of getting a kitten, these tips will help to keep your cat happy.  Continue Reading →

Homeless pets

Photo supplied by Pets in The Park

Photo supplied by Pets in The Park

100,000 people are homeless on any given night in Australia, and around 8% are visible, that is, living on the street.  Pets in The Park (PITP) is a national charity established in 2012 with the mission of improving the lives of homeless people by caring for their pets. PITP is a team of volunteer Vets and vet nurses who provide free veterinarian services and pet products to clients. James Dorahy was recently appointed the General Manager for PITP. James shares his journey from volunteering to his new role, the Pilot Outreach Program and a story about former client Chris and his dog, Princess. Continue Reading →

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