16 July 2014

RSPCA joins Floriade

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The RSPCA ACT have been announced as a Floriade 2014 charity partner.

The animal welfare organisation, alongside another local charity which will be announced closer to the event, will enhance Floriade’s festival atmosphere and raise awareness of their important causes with unique experiences and an exciting one-off event.

While animals are not usually permitted to enter Floriade due to a risk of damaging the event’s flower beds, these rules will be relaxed for one day only to make way for a Dogs Day Out at Floriade on Tuesday 7 October.

This exciting addition to the 2014 program will enable visitors to bring their four-legged canine friends to Floriade for the first time since the introduction of fencing in 1999.

Dogs Day Out at Floriade is only possible with the help of additional volunteers and pet owners will be encouraged to donate to RSPCA ACT on the day.

Floriade – Australia’s annual celebration of spring – returns to Commonwealth Park for its 27 Saturday, 13 September until Sunday, 12 October. The national award-winning event’s stunning garden beds, horticultural workshops, engaging demonstrations and children’s entertainment will all be inspired by the 2014 theme, Passion.

(Andrew Barr Media Release)

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As a life member of the RSPCA it sad for me to say “they have lost the plot”.
All they seem to be doing is “raising profile”. They have forgotten that there are people out there who want to adopt abandonded dogs, cats etc. but they are making it so hard to do.
I sent an email enquiry about a couple of pups at the Weston branch over a week ago. The person nominated has not responded in any way despite follow up phone calls and a personal visit to discuss the matter (person could not be located). The staff in the office are glued to computer screens and the kennel staff pass the enquiry onto someone else who never seems to be there.
In the end I travelled 1,000 km interstate to get another RSPCA dog which was also advertised on the internet. No problems at all with that one.
I ran into a guy walking his “new” doggy yesterday and he said he ended up getting it from an RSPCA shelter in the Sydney area because he found the staff at Weston too difficult to deal with.
I am advised that they have closed some of their regional shelters in NSW.

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