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A tail of wags to riches: Animal lover leaves $1million in his will to the Cairns RSPCA

RSPCA Donation  
RSPCA manager Alice Currey Real Estate Agent Matt Foley and Jody Costa from RSPCA with dogs Jimbo and Roo in front of the house donated to the RSPCA by the late Don Curry. Picture: Stewart McLean

Retired bank manager Don Gorry left his investment portfolio and a house at Aeroglen to the animal welfare organisation which is using the bequeath to build a new $1.8 million animal care centre at Stratford. The new buildings, which will be paid for by Don’s estate, are in the planning stages and are expected to be completed and officially opened in 2015.

Story by: Cairns Post Nick Dalton

Guide Dog lands spot in year book next to the student he takes care of

Guide Dogs 

One of the photos in the yearbook at Hector Garcia Middle School is not like any other. Guide dog Taxi gets his own photo in the school yearbook.

Pictured alongside the portraits of smiling students is the friendly face of Taxi, a service dog who looks out for a 14-year-old student. The pair have been inseparable for the last four years, ever since they were connected by the trainer of seizure alert dogs. Taxi can alert family and teachers when Rachel is about to experience a seizure. Taxi remains at her side at all times.

Story by: Today contributor Marisa Kabas

Six dogs die in dog walker's hot truck, animal rights activists call for charges

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The Dogs of 9/11

As the years pass and memories fade, it becomes easy to relegate 9/11 to the history books. It's been eleven years since that awful day, when three thousand Americans lost their lives. American Thinker decided to honor those who have not received much recognition -- the rescue and cadaver dogs, as well as their handlers -- by interviewing a few who worked through the debris at the Pentagon and World Trade Center (WTC).

Search and Rescue Dogs 

Nona Kilgore Bauer wrote in her book, Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs, "Without their contribution hundreds of victims' families would not have found the peace that comes with the return of a family member or beloved friend." These animals and people worked tirelessly at first to find survivors, but ultimately, they found just human remains that helped families find closure.

Read more by Elise Cooper: Dogs of 911

William and Kate's new puppy

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate let slip the name of her royal Cocker Spaniel when she revealed that Lupo means wolf in Italian in front of school children in Oxford. The puppy will keep Kate company in William's absences.

Legendary Television Personality & Dog Lover Dick Clark passes away

The world mourned this week when Dick Clark passed away.  He was a tremendous dog lover and supporter of many animal causes. He had several dogs himself and allowed the dogs to roam freely in his production studios. On his many television shows, he often featured his four-legged friends. Here is  a funny clip featuring a chatty basset hound from his show Friday Night Surprise.

Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported

Consumer Contact: 800-442-0402


Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond manufactured products are affected.

Pets with salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The product, Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice, was distributed to customers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels.

More information is available on their website.

RSPCA Million Paws Walk - Sunday 20 May

Million Paws Walk

Give back to your furry friends and join the Million Paws Walk and help raise awareness for the RSPCA. Activities include dog agility demonstrations, dog hydrobath, Kid's Corner including jumping castle, competitions and plenty of prizes with sausage sizzle.

Where: Skate Park (next to Muddys) The Esplanade Cairns. Registration on the Day from 7.30am. Walk commences 9.00am. Length: 3kms. For more information phone 40551487.

Roving Red Dog of the Far North

On the road between Townsville and Cairns, looking for home, missing dog Rusty's story has made the headlines and been compared to the Australian Film, Red Dog, which won the hearts of movie goers. Could a far north Queensland dog missing from Townsville with possible sightings in and around Cairns be Australia's next Red Dog?

Rusty roving Red Dog of Far North Qld?

The north Queensland dog, Rusty, who went missing between Townsville and Charters Towers last November and has possibly been sighted  between Townsville and Cairns by concerned pet lovers.  Some Cairns residents have left food out for the north Queensland dog Rusty. Many more have posted suspected sightings of Rusty to the online Facebook site, Lost and Found Pets In Cairns.

 The owner, Jessica Schollum who has posted a $1000 reward for his return, is holding onto hope that it is Rusty.

Trigger Rescued in Afghanistan

While on deployment soldiers rescued two dogs, named Savannah and Trigger from the streets of Afghanistan and brought them back to camp where they were provided for with water, food, shelter and lots of love. Five months after finding the dogs, when the troops were out on patrol, sadly Savannah was killed by insurgents and Trigger was inconsolable as were the troops who were just days away from the end of their deployment. The troops not wanting to leave Trigger behind contacted a Long Island Rescue group.


Now Trigger, the 70 pound dog saved by the US soliders in Afghanistan began his new life as an all-American dog Wednesday after arriving at JFK Airport. Trigger's new life has come courtesy of Guardians of Rescue, which provided the funds to bring Trigger from Kabul to New York.

Source: Guardians of Rescue


It's back...... the 2013 RSPCA Pet Calendar

Now in it's third year Friends of RSPCA Cairns, along with Lotsa Printing, will again create an RSPCA Calendar where you can feature your pet. Money raised from the sale of the calendars will help support the Cairns RSPCA Shelter. Book a date now for your pet!

The RSPCA Pet Calendars will be ready later in the year and make a great gift in time for Christmas 2012 or any other occasion. Even if you don't book a date, why not buy a calendar and support the local RSPCA Cairns Shelter.

2013 RSPCA Pet Calendar

William and Kate's new puppy

The Royal Palace has confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Will and Kate are proud parents of a new black Cocker Spaniel puppy. With a name still to be announced, the puppy will keep Kate company in William's absences.

The Royal's new puppy
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Project Guardian Angel

Sadly Christmas is a busy time for many shelters. RSPCA Qld alone will help almost 8000 animals over this period. Each one of these little holiday orphaned animals will require at least $120 of care in the first few days alone; that's $960,000 RSPCA Qld needs to find this holiday season. It is heartbreaking and costly. If you would like to become a Guardian Angel visit or if you can help with a donation or foster an animal.

rspca guardian angel project


Join our Puppy Club

Join our Guide Dogs' Puppy Club. Become a sponsor and follow the journey of your own Guide Dog puppy litter. Enjoy exclusive access to our Puppy club web page.

Guide Dogs Puppy Club

Receive an official Supporter Kit and photos of your puppies.

Help train a future Guide Dog for only $21.00 per month.

Please call our local office on 07 4041 2788 or email

Guide Dogs Queensland Celecbrating 50 Years 1960 - 2010.  Website:



Please give a dog a bone Home

YAPS animal shelter is feeling the pressure with 51 dogs and puppies needing a home and a second chance. YAPS, Young Animal Protection Society, is on a major fundraising drive and plans to hand out 1000 money boxes in the hope that each person with a tin will raise $100. A YAPS representative said the money would be used to buy land to move and expand the animal shelter. The One Hundred Thousand  YAPS fundraiser culminates on Sunday, August 21, with a Fair at Cannon Park, with the world's longest hot dog competition and a doggie fashion parade.

The Dog Who Knows a 1000 Words

Chaser, a 6 year old Border Collie, an amazing dog who knows 1000 words. Her owner says she was born to live in the Scottish mountains and herd sheep but has taught Chaser to tend an extremely unconventional herd of 1000 toys. Check out this video.


Assistance Dogs Australia need Puppy Sitters

Love dogs but can't commit to pet ownership? Why not be a puppy sitter. Assistance Dogs Australia need sitters when their puppy raisers are on holiday. All major expenses are paid, such as food, vet bills, heartworm and flea control, and you can enjoy being part of a group and learn dog-training skills. To be considered, ideally you should not be working full time, have no children under school age, have a suitable secure yard and be willing to have an inside dog. Visit Assistance Dogs Australia for more information.


Desex your Pet this July

July National Desexing Month 2011 - Desexing Brings Happiness For Everyone

National Desexing Network are launching National Desexing Month early this year – in July.

Cats and dogs are safer and happier if desexed. They are less likely to roam and get into fights, or hit by cars or impounded. They are less likely to get mammary and testicular cancer, and urinary tract disease. Owners find it easier to care for desexed cats and dogs because they are more homely and affectionate. With fewer unwanted cats and dogs due to desexing, those already in shelters are more likely to find homes. Unwanted kittens and puppies will no longer have to be killed.

With the down turn in the economy, shelters and pounds around Australia are struggling with more animals being handed in, fewer animals being adopted and less money being donated to help care for them,” said Sylvana Wenderhold, NDN Director. “This leads to increased euthanasia.”

An estimated 100 000 cats and 80 000 dogs are being killed in pounds and shelters in Australia every year, and over 80 000 dogs. The best way out of this crisis is for people to get their pets desexed now, in July, before we get to the spring breeding season and an influx of unwanted and euthanased pets.

RSPCA Cupcake Day 2011

Grab your favourite recipe, dust off your chef's hat and get your mixer ready for the sweetest event of the year, Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2011 on Monday 15 August 2011. Registration is FREE and can be made online at

Participants can set up their own fundraising page and invite friends and family to donate. Download all the resources you will need for the event here from

On Monday 15 August, registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks across Australia will descend on their schools, workplaces and social groups with batches of scrumptious homemade cupcakes to be exchanged for donations to the RSPCA.


RSPCA Million Paws Walk

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is on again this year in Cairns on Sunday 15 May 2011 and around Australia. For all creatures great and small. All monies raised go to the RSPCA. More details coming soon........

Help Save Lennox a 5 year old Family Pet from Deathrow - 31 March 2011
The Barnes family is desperately trying to help raise awareness of a heartbreaking story that is supported by a team of over 31 thousand people worldwide to free a pet dog called Lennox who has been taken from his family in Belfast and sentenced to death because of how he looks.

Lennox is being kept in appalling conditions until his fate is decided

On the 19th May 2010, Lennox, a five year old American Bull dog Labrador cross was seized by Belfast City Council Dog Wardens from his loving family home where he lives with his owners and his kennel mates. Lennox committed no crime nor did any member of the public complain about him.

This story is heartbreaking, tragic and without support is going to have a really unhappy ending. Please help support the campaign to get Lennox home to Brooke and the Barnes Family by signing the petition, and sharing the information with your friends and family and through social media.

For an expert’s opinion, please see
Victoria Stilwell’s page. There is a whole site dedicated to Lennox.

Update: Lennox sadly was never released. RIP Lennox 1 April 2005 - 11 July 2012

December 2010 New Dog Chip Plan Revealed
A new dog breeder identification system to be introduced next year should help to stamp out dodgy puppy mills the RSPCA says. Desley Boyle the Queensland Local Government Minister announced that in 2011 breeders must be registered and their ID numbers displayed anywhere puppies are sold. Breeder's ID numbers must be included in the advertising of puppies for sale and breeding bitches will be micro chipped and their details included in the registration and micro chipping of every puppy sold. RSPCA spokesperson, Michael Beattie said the new regulations would cut down on unscrupulous breeders and make internet dog sellers more accountable. "It's definitely a step in the right direction" Mr Beattie said.




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