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Reality TV in reality – RSPCA Animal Rescue

By weeziepops - 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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Reality TV in reality – RSPCA Animal Rescue
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justbands 9:09 am
22 Apr 09
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> 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.

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weeziepops 9:22 am
22 Apr 09
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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?

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justbands 9:25 am
22 Apr 09
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I’m still confused as to how a cat gets stuck in a wall?

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motleychick 9:32 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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FC 9:34 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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justbands 9:36 am
22 Apr 09
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> 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.

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weeziepops 9:50 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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justbands 9:58 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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weeziepops 10:03 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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Spectra 10:03 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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PsydFX 10:26 am
22 Apr 09
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I honestly think that in the middle of suburbia, well fed outdoor cats have a minimal impact on our native wildlife.

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grunge_hippy 10:29 am
22 Apr 09
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my dog kills birds too, but you dont hear anyone saying “kill all dogs!”

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justbands 10:29 am
22 Apr 09
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> 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.

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PsydFX 10:41 am
22 Apr 09
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So you’re saying in the middle of suburbia cats have a major impact on our native wildlife?

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Belles 10:48 am
22 Apr 09
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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.

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