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Reality TV in reality – RSPCA Animal Rescue

By 22 April 2009 60

RSPCA Animal Rescue (Tuesday nights on Prime) is a great way to raise awareness about animal welfare but I do wonder if people realise how different the situation in the ACT is to that of NSW. 

Obviously, NSW is a much bigger organisation which deals with a larger population.  It has more money, more staff, better facilities and (sadly) more animals in need.  The ability for NSW RSPCA to respond to issues, as are shown on RSPCA Animal Rescue, may give Canberrans a false impression that the Canberra branch of RSPCA is also able to make house calls to collect strays or rescue trapped animals. 

My understanding is that they just don’t have the resources to do this.  They have two (I think) inspectors servicing the whole region and no staff who are dedicated to “rescue” missions (again, as far as I know) – expectations that RSPCA ACT can undertake the intensive “call out” work that is shown on RSPCA Animal Rescue are unlikely to be realistic. 

It also made me wonder what options there are for the community if and when RSPCA ACT cannot help someone in need of assistance. 

I know Canberra Connect is referred to as the font of all wisdom, but in reality what are the options, as an example, for a person who finds a cat (not necessarily their own) stuck in a wall?  If a pensioner goes into hospital and has no friends or family and the RSPCA has no room to board their beloved pet, who can they go to for help? 

Is the awareness raising benefit of nationally broadcast shows like RSPCA Animal Rescue such that it outweighs any additional pressure placed on smaller branches of the RSPCA as a result?  Probably.  But it would be interesting to see how many people watching the show go on to donate to their local RSPCA.

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60 Responses to
Reality TV in reality – RSPCA Animal Rescue
justbands 9:09 am
22 Apr 09
#1

> for a person who finds a cat (not necessarily their own) stuck in a wall?

That’s an easy one….kill it. Better for the cat (out of its misery) & better for every small native animal & bird in Australia.

weeziepops 9:22 am
22 Apr 09
#2

Thanks for your practical suggestion. Just sledgehammer through the wall and beat it to death or do you recommend we all keep a gun or two handy for such instances?

justbands 9:25 am
22 Apr 09
#3

I’m still confused as to how a cat gets stuck in a wall?

motleychick 9:32 am
22 Apr 09
#4

I’m still confused as to how a cat gets stuck in a wall?

Because cats are stupid.

There are a lot people I know how donate to the RSPCA here. I’m one of them. But I also know a lot of people who think it’s much better to donate to say the Smith Family or the Salvos (which I also do), and to an extent it is as there are a hell of a lot of people who need help. But animals are just as important and people need to be made aware of the fact that they need help too.

FC 9:34 am
22 Apr 09
#5

If that’s the way we deal with things how bout we kill all the annoying people who value animals lives as worthless.
In killing them, it will be better for every animal tortured and slaughtered to feed their craving for flesh.

justbands 9:36 am
22 Apr 09
#6

> If that’s the way we deal with things how bout we kill all the annoying people who value animals lives as worthless.

I hope you’re not referring to me. I love animals..love ‘em. I just hate cats, mostly ’cause they kill so many of those animals that I love.

weeziepops 9:50 am
22 Apr 09
#7

Love animals, hate cats? Does not compute. Cats are animals. And people who let their pets breed and live outside unchecked and are basically irresponsible owners are to blame for wildlife being killed by domestic pets.

justbands 9:58 am
22 Apr 09
#8

Trouble is weeziepops….you don’t have to be an irresponsible owner for your cat to be a killer. ALL cats are killers. In fact, that’s the biggest problem with them….I’ve never met a single cat owner that actually admitted their Tiddums killed birds & animals. It’s always someone elses cat. Wrong. All your cats kill, at any given opportunity. The only way to stop them would be to keep them inside permanently….which simple doesn’t happen I’m afraid. So yes, love animals…hate cats. Well…I hate cats being in this country I should say.

weeziepops 10:03 am
22 Apr 09
#9

I think we are actually in agreement in a lot of ways about the cat issue, justbands. I have two cats who live inside and who have an external cat enclosure to play in. They don’t kill animals. People who want to keep pets should take responsibility for making sure those pets do no harm to others by providing appropriate facilities for their environmental participation, as it were. And bells are not enough.

Spectra 10:03 am
22 Apr 09
#10

Spectra said :

The only way to stop them would be to keep them inside permanently….which simple doesn’t happen I’m afraid.

Actually I know at least two cat owners who do exactly that. Yes, it doesn’t happen very often, and I detest cats outdoors as much as the next native bird lover, but let’s not tar them all with the same brush.

PsydFX 10:26 am
22 Apr 09
#11

I honestly think that in the middle of suburbia, well fed outdoor cats have a minimal impact on our native wildlife.

grunge_hippy 10:29 am
22 Apr 09
#12

my dog kills birds too, but you dont hear anyone saying “kill all dogs!”

justbands 10:29 am
22 Apr 09
#13

> I honestly think that in the middle of suburbia, well fed outdoor cats have a minimal impact on our native wildlife.

Wrong. Remember, cats don’t kill to feed…they do it for fun. Well fed or not, cats enjoy killing….& there’s plenty of birds & animals in suburban Canberra for them to get hold of.

PsydFX 10:41 am
22 Apr 09
#14

So you’re saying in the middle of suburbia cats have a major impact on our native wildlife?

Belles 10:48 am
22 Apr 09
#15

My partner and I have cats and they don’t ever go outside (Actually my partner hates outdoor cats because of what they can do to the native wildlife) If the cats do go outside its supervised and only for 5 minutes to play in the grass, or they have collars and leads on and can’t go very far. Its not the cats fault, its the owners who let their cats roam around and eat the birdies.

In answer to the initial question, I am not sure that there are any other services. about 6 months ago I found an injured bird when walking my dogs, for some reason he wasn’t able to fly away and all his mates had left him. When I called up the wildlife rescue they said that they just didn’t have the resources tos end somebody out to collect him so we had to go for a Drive to the RSPCA to drop him off.

I think other than the pound collecting stray dogs there isn’t much else out there.

motleychick 10:56 am
22 Apr 09
#16

justbands you can’t just say that all cats kill. All animals kill and it’s just an instinct, it can’t be helped. My dog loves chasing birds and if she catches one then she will harm it. It’s just want animals do. I agree with PsydFX – well fed suburbian animals do not harm our native wildlife as much as animals roaming the streets do.

FC 11:00 am
22 Apr 09
#17

or as much as humans do.

I still don’t get why our ‘native wildlife’ is seen as more deserving of life or more important than the lives our all the other animals that are slaughtered on a daily basis with no one really seeming to give two hoots..

justbands 11:13 am
22 Apr 09
#18

I could have posted all the pro-cat replies myself. It’s always exactly the same arguments…. “Not my Tiddums”, “Not a problem in surburbia”, “Humans are worse”, “Dogs kill too”, “Blah blah blah”.

Thumper 11:15 am
22 Apr 09
#19

I ensure that my cat gets at least one serving of cute furry native animal per day.

motleychick 11:16 am
22 Apr 09
#20

It’s always exactly the same arguments…. “Not my Tiddums”, “Not a problem in surburbia”, “Humans are worse”, “Dogs kill too”, “Blah blah blah”.

Well it’s probably always the same arguments because that’s thr truth… Ever thought about that?!

PsydFX 11:19 am
22 Apr 09
#21

If pinning blame onto domestic cats makes you feel better, go nuts. It’s just naive to think that the domestic cat is a major cauase for diminishing native wildlife numbers.

If you want to blame cats, blame these cats http://www.promuts.kz/tehnika/PR_724.jpg

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:19 am
22 Apr 09
#22

But my cat isn’t called Tiddums…?

justbands 11:24 am
22 Apr 09
#23

> Well it’s probably always the same arguments because that’s thr truth… Ever thought about that?!

Ever thought about the truth that cats really do kill native birds & animals? Yes, well fed, surburban cats. Many studies have shown this, google it. They differ slightly…although generally speaking they reckon each pet cat kills on average 30 native critters every year. There are at least 3 million pet cats in Australia. That’s a bucket-load of killing…around 90 million animals….each & every year. Oh..& that’s just domestic cats…feral cats number more than 5 million!

PsydFX 11:30 am
22 Apr 09
#24

No one is contesting whether or not cats kill native wildlife.

If you want fluffly figures from unreliable sources, try this on:

Research indicates that nearly 50% of domestic cats do not hunt at all. Of those that do, nearly 40% catch rats and mice only. 24% catch introduced birds. Only 4% of domestic cats catch native birds. Stray cats mainly eat rats, mice and garbage (F Seymour, ANZFAS article)

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:30 am
22 Apr 09
#25

So, given that most people in Australia live in cities (say 90% of the population), and assuming that cat ownership is distibuted evenly between city and country dwellers, that means we have “at least” 2.7 million cats in Australian cities.

I reckon we would notice the 81 million dead animals lying in the gutters of our cities each year. (And that doesn’t count the ferals either!)

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:31 am
22 Apr 09
#26

I guess this really is the truth about cats and dogs.

threepaws 11:41 am
22 Apr 09
#27

The (ACT government run) pound doesn’t euthanase feral cats – that is left up to the RSPCA, a charity.

Surely managing feral cats in the ‘Bush Capital’ should be taxpayer funded as with other feral animals like rabbits?

FC 12:26 pm
22 Apr 09
#28

EXCERPTS FROM A DOG’S DIARY

Day number 180
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 181
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!
10:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
11:30 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
12:00 noon – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
1:00 pm – OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!
4:00 pm – OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!
5:00 PM – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
5:30 PM – OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!

Day number 182
8:00 am – OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!
9:30 am – OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!
9:40 am – OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

EXCERPTS FROM A CAT’S DIARY

DAY 752 – My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 – Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair … must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 – Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was…Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 – I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called “shampoo.” What sick minds could invent such a liquid. My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 – There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odor of the glass tubes they call “beer”. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of “allergies.” Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 – I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is only a matter of time…

motleychick 12:30 pm
22 Apr 09
#29

#28 made my day. Haven’t laughed that hard in a long time!

captainwhorebags 12:50 pm
22 Apr 09
#30

My cat is strictly indoors and cat enclosure only.

But I’m damn tempted to let him out to severely impact on upon the local birdlife… considering that all the birds I see are Indian Mynas.

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