The RSPCA’s 12 Strays of Christmas

johnboy 18 December 2010 5
champ the dog

The RSPCA’s Michael Linke is calling on Canberrans to consider offering a home to an older animal this Christmas.

RSPCA ACT is struggling to get into the Christmas spirit, with their Weston Creek centre filled to capacity with all creatures, great and small. As well as coping with the kitten season, RSPCA ACT is seeking to find homes for dozens of adult dogs and cats.

“A real concern for me is the fact that so many older animals are passed by in favour of the arguably cuter kittens and puppies,” RSPCA ACT CEO Michael Linke said, “All our animals deserve homes, but I do wish people would consider the benefits of an older pet who has benefited from our care, including basic training for dogs.”

Among the pets awaiting homes are twelve very special members of the RSPCA ACT family. All offering a wide variety of personalities and appeal, they wait patiently at the RSPCA for someone to appreciate what they have to offer.

(Cute pix below)


1. Sonny (id 50566), American Staffordshire Terrier x, approx 3½yrs old, male. From his toes right up to his odd, eccentric ears, Sonny can only be described as personality plus. He is affectionate and playful, and will be a loyal, best friend to a lucky person. This delightful man will make you laugh when the games begin as he transforms into a puppy right in front of your eyes, prancing around having the greatest fun in the world.


2. Jess (id 52424), Australian Cattledog, approx 1½yrs old, female. If you’re looking for a dog that is super sweet in nature, Jess is the one for you! She is a loving dog who enjoys cuddles and if the pats begin to slow, she’ll casually nudge your hand to remind you that she is around. Then, when your busy, Jess will most likely be found resting at your feet just to keep you company. She will make a kind and loyal companion, and is looking for an active family that can help her start a new chapter in her life.


3. Sammy (id 48613), Kelpie x, approx 1½yrs old, female. With stunning looks and a gorgeous personality, Sammy can’t do anything wrong. She gives the world’s greatest cuddles and her coat is so soft that you’ll never want to let her go. Fortunately Sammy will be more than happy to keep snuggling in close forever. She also enjoys going for walks and would be a great companion for an active family.


4. Champ (id 49847), Mixed Breed (dog), approx 4½yrs old, male. Champ by name, Champion by nature! This wonderful dog has so many virtues that it is hard to list them all. He is an angel to walk on lead, is house-trained, affectionate, settles beautifully and his great fetching abilities mean that he’s a perfect fielder when playing backyard cricket.


5. Sushi (id 49834), cat, approx 1½yrs old, male. Sushi is a delightful young cat. He is friendly, affectionate and loves pats around his face. Once settled Sushi’s gorgeous personality will shine through and he will make a wonderful companion for his new family.


6. Simon (id 51964), cat, approx 2½yrs old, male. Simon is a very friendly, affectionate cat. He delights in having his chin scratched and will rub adoringly against your legs for attention. Simon loves being around people and he will enjoy snuggling up next to you on the couch for cuddles or even in your lap. He likes to explore and should settle into a new home with ease.


7. Oliver (id 52304), cat, approx 3yrs old, male. Oliver is a real pleasure to spend time with. He is very loving and friendly, jumping up to headbutt your hands with all the affection he can muster. He settles quickly in new environments but will stick close to you at first for reassurance.


8. Cordelia (id 51108), cat, approx 8yrs old, female. Cordelia is a quiet little girl whose initial shy overtures of affection will blossom as she gets to know and trust people. She adores having a fuss made over her and will make a very loyal and loving cat once she gets to know her new family.


9. Snowy (id 46705), rabbit, approx 1yr old, male. Domestic rabbits are inquisitive, fun-loving and make very appealing pets. They are social animals which, with a little time and patience, can be house and toilet trained, and make great companions.


10. Bugsy (id 50062), rabbit, adult, male. Domestic rabbits are inquisitive, fun-loving and make very appealing pets. They are social animals which, with a little time and patience, can be house and toilet trained, and make great companions.


11. Rain (id 45639), Rainbow Lorikeet, adult, male. Rain is a cheeky and happy little bird. He is tame, and whistles and talks a little. He especially loves to make kissing noises. Rain prefers to live indoors and have some out of cage time. He is bonded to Red, the red collared lorikeet, and they are searching for a forever home where they can stay together.


12. Angel. Cockatiel, female, 8 Years. Domesticated birds are attractive and easy to care for. Birds are a great first pet, and they can help to teach children about the responsibilities of pet ownership.

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5 Responses to The RSPCA’s 12 Strays of Christmas
motleychick motleychick 4:03 pm 20 Dec 10

I want to adopt all the dogs!!! They are beautiful. Don’t think mum would appreciate me bringing another animal home though. Might get the bird though to be friends with mine…

Kuku Kuku 12:54 pm 19 Dec 10

We got our kelpie X 5 years ago from the RSPCA. He had been abandoned and spent 7 months at Weston. We went to the RSPCA with an idea of what we wanted in a dog and after talking to one of their staff, we were ‘matched’ with Cody (we kept his RSPCA name because we thought it was probably the one constant thing he’d had in his life).

He was polite, trained and just wanted a family to love him. He’s the best guard dog and sleeps between the kids bedrooms at night. During the day he guards his chooks ;)He’s currently watching tv with the kids.

No, he wasn’t as ‘cute’ as a puppy but if anyone is thinking of getting a pet, I highly recommend an older animal from the RSPCA. You get all of the benefits of their hard work and none of the puppy problems (think chewing, accidents on the carpet etc).

cleo cleo 11:20 pm 18 Dec 10

I already have two cats otherwise I’d take one of them 🙁

I live in a flat, with my poodle, I would like to know more about the cockatiel, whether it is hand raised etc.
I used to have a male one that was hand raised, unfortunately a carpet snake ate him with my sisters two, he was hand raised.

Leinna Leinna 9:28 am 18 Dec 10

I already have two cats otherwise I’d take one of them 🙁

Brianna Brianna 7:44 pm 17 Dec 10

I so wish I could adopt one of the dogs. My dog is old and spoiled and would not share the house.

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