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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
32 | www.probussouthpacific.org cover story Meet the Models “You know the size [a purebred animal] is going to become, you know its temperament, you know how hairy it's going to be and how much it's going to eat,” Dr Higgins says. Puppy mills or puppy farms are not the things of gruesome fairytales; they do exist, and they represent both horrible lives for the animals kept to breed and questionable – at best – health standards of the puppies. Without visiting the actual breeder of a dog, you cannot know whether they are breeding loved and health-tested pets or caged animals. Adopting a dog or cat from a shelter gives it a second chance at life. Many animals end up at shelters because their owners can no longer care for them, or they are lost, injured and abandoned. The RSPCA receives more than 150,000 animals every year and aims to rehabilitate and rehome each one. On top of that enormous number are plenty of animals with other rescue organisations such as Monika’s Rescue – one of Australia’s earliest and best known no-kill shelters – Pet Rescue, Australian Working Dog Rescue, and a wide range of breed-specific rescue programs run by breeders and breed clubs. This means that even prospective dog owners who want a purebred can find their perfect match and give a home to a grateful furry friend. While breed-specific rescue organisations will be able to provide the pedigree details of some surrendered dogs, when it comes to adopting a pet from a shelter, you will usually not have all health records of the animal available to you. It is also possible that, even though your new pet may have undergone health and temperament checks, you will never know exactly what breed the animal is or whether it is at risk of genetic conditions. If this is a risk you are willing to take, adopting an animal from a shelter is a win-win situation. You give the animal a much needed home, while the animal repays you with unconditional love and devoted affection. •• Birdie name: Birdie Oliver Breed: Chihuahua age: about one year old i’m from... Rooty Hill. A lovely lady picked me up when I was lost on the street. I was so hungry, so she fed me and found me a forever family. Favourite pastimes: my walks! I forage in the grass and meet lots of people. A lot of homeless people are my friends and always give me a pat. today was... adventurous. I met a lot of Labradors – my favourite! Honey name: Honey Bunny Colourful Sprinkles age: Three Breed: Beagle i’m from... I was born in a litter of five pups and have my pedigree papers. My owner April picked me out because I was her favourite, and I couldn't be happier. Favourite pastimes: running from one end of the park to the other chasing my ball and following all the aromas of Sydney’s inner west. If you need me any other time, I'll be asleep in front of the fire. today was... fun! I met another Beagle, and there were so many treats! name: Charlie the Wonderdog age: Three or four, I think Breed: I think I’m a little bit Border Collie, a little bit Golden Retriever. i’m from... I busted out of a puppy farm about two years ago and Australian Working Dog Rescue found me a new family. I don't have to have any more puppies, I have my very own bed instead ofacageandIgototheparkeveryday to play with lots of other dogs. Favourite pastimes: swimming, chasing seagulls, Frisbee and fetch. today was... heaps of fun! I met new buddies and we played for hours. Charlie Find a shelter rspca attempts to find homes for 150,000 animals each year. w: www.rspcansw.org.au pet rescue is Australia's largest online directory of rescue pets. w: www.petrescue.com.au animal aid provides incentives for older people adopting older pets. w: www.animalaid.org.au Monika's rescue is Australia's best known no-kill shelter. w: www.doggierescue.com.au awdri rehomes working breeds – these dogs need active owners! w: www.workingdogrescue.com.au
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