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The RSPCA “euthanases” thousands of animals but its TV programme, RSPCA Animal Rescue, promotes the idea that RSPCA people spend endless hours rescuing kittens caught in walls and that every animal will be rehomed providing it has no behaviour or illness problems. There is no mention that many kittens are “euthanased”, along with many cats and dogs.

The real agenda of the RSPCA is to lobby for compulsory desexing. Why not publicise this? Oh, no, that would not bring in the donations!  I wonder how many people who watch Animal Rescue are encouraged to believe that every stray animal is kindly cared for by the “lovely RSPCA for all creatures great and small”.
Some of the main points have been selected from the following articles.

26 September 2008; article by Mex Cooper : Cats crisis 'sickening'

More than 10,000 cats have been euthanased by the RSPCA in the past year prompting calls for mandatory desexing.

The total number of cats killed in Victoria could be as high as 50,000 when other shelters and veterinary practices were included, RSPCA chief executive officer Maria Mercurio said.

RSPCA shelters across Victoria received 17,870 cats in the past financial year. Two-thirds had to be put down.

"The current situation is appalling, unethical and unacceptable and the community needs to come to the party and help solve this problem," Ms Mercurio said.
Economic hard times and stiff competition for rental properties had led to more pets being dumped, Ms Mercurio said.

She called on local governments to make desexing of cats mandatory and for licences to be issued to people who wanted to breed cats.
Animal welfare organisations have joined forces to form the 'Cats Crisis Coalition' to call for mandatory desexing.

www.catrescue.com.au/blog/?p=1650  Revised SMH Story - Sunday

Pet industry, animal groups bare teeth over inquiry  Jan 18, 2009 in catrescue
Large numbers of animals are euthanased each year in pounds run by the RSPCA, local councils and other groups, yet the exact figures - and the reasons they end up being killed - are hotly disputed.

They [Animal campaigners] contend that too many animals are bred for sale through pet shops to owners who are ill-equipped to care for them. These animals, they say, are often abandoned or surrendered in many cases to be euthanased.
Pet shop owners and the Australian Veterinary Association say there is no evidence the shops are to blame.

In a recent edition of industry bulletin Pet Industry News, welfare groups were accused of trying to “destroy retail pet shops”.

The pet industry is also implacably opposed to a bill sponsored by independent MP Clover Moore that would ban dog and cat sales in pet shops and which may be reintroduced this year. 

Desexing of cats: Report from Yarra Council, Victoria 22 Aug 07

Last year 36,000 cats were put down in Victoria (about 100 a day) which is very stressful for the staff  concerned. A coalition of 12 animal rights groups including the RSPCA,  the Cat Protection Society, Blue Cross and The Lost Dogs Home, has been
created to press Council’s to act [on mandatory desexing]. The main opposition comes from the pet food industry and some pet shop owners.
From The Herald Newcastle NSW
Too few homes for dumped pets  BY VICTORIA JACK 8 Sept 08

Seventeen unwanted and abandoned pets were destroyed every day in the Hunter in one year.

Figures gathered in the Hunter Valley and compiled by The Herald showed that 6422 cats and dogs were put down by the RSPCA and council pounds in the year from July 2006.

They include hundreds of puppies and kittens, some as young as a few weeks old.
An RSPCA NSW spokeswoman said it was impossible to find homes for all the animals they received.

My Comment: How can  the RSPCA continue to screen Animal Rescue without mentioning that they can only re-home a fraction of the animals they receive?
Mercury, Tasmania Input sought on cat control   2 Sept 08

Tasmania has about 92,000 pet cats but each year more than 3000 unwanted and stray cats and kittens are euthanased.

The state also has an estimated feral cat population of about 150,000.

The Government wants public comment on its Cat Management in Tasmania paper which recommends the mandatory de-sexing and microchipping of domestic cats to be phased in over the next four years.

A registry of cat breeders also would be established.
Brisbane  Qld  12 Nov 2008

The RSPCA says Queensland Government laws to reduce the number of  animals euthanased each year are not tough enough.

More than 13,000 cats and 10,000 dogs are euthanased in Queensland each year.   "It's the cat breeding season and we try to do everything to persuade people to please get their cats desexed…”

Dale Clapperton's blog     OT Rant: RSPCA  by Dale Clapperton 7 Dec 2008

This has been slightly condensed but no facts have been changed.

My knowledge of the facts here is necessarily based on second-hand information, so I can't vouch for its veracity, but I believe it to be reliable.

This afternoon I was working with a volunteer who I've known for a while now - I'll call her Sally (not her real name).  A few months ago, Sally suddenly became fatally ill and almost died. The treatment costs and ongoing expenses for various anti-hypertensive drugs put a severe strain on Sally's finances. Sally could no longer afford to feed her two cats, Sandy and Zorro, and she made the heartbreaking decision to surrender them to the RSPCA for adoption.  Sally took them along with their food, their litter, and their favourite blankets.

The RSPCA told her that because they had both been desexed, and were current with their vaccinations and so forth, they had an excellent chance of being re-homed.  This morning, Sally was telling me about how much she missed them and how hard it would be to go home and not hear their bells as they ran to greet her.
Today, Sally's children became worried about Sandy and Zorro… [but it was too late] The RSPCA had already killed Zorro - he was killed the same day that Sally surrendered him.

He was a beautiful mackerel tabby kitten, only 9 months old.  Sally, for obvious reasons, became distraught when informed that Zorro had been killed.  So much so, that I was half expecting her to drop dead on the spot.

The RSPCA told her that Zorro was killed because he 'wasn't coping' at their facility.  I'm not sure how they could make that judgment given that he'd seemingly only been there a few hours before they killed him.

Sally had to make a fairly substantial drive to rescue Sandy, who was still alive at the time.  The RSPCA wouldn't release Sandy unless Sally was there to sign the paperwork.

Through this afternoon's ordeal, the thing that upset Sally the most is that Zorro was never given a chance.  He would have made a fantastic pet but summer is 'kitten season' and the RSPCA is probably overrun with kittens.  Sandy is a red burmese (and more likely to be adopted), and Zorro was just a moggy. 
If Sally had known that Zorro was likely to be killed she wouldn't have surrendered him.

The Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWL) operates a shelter on the Gold Coast.  They are trying to achieve what they call zero euthanasia.   They have a large cat facility where the cats can roam freely in several very roomy cages, socialising with other cats, playing with toys, or lazing in the sun in an enclosed al fresco area.
If you're looking for a cat, or a dog for that matter, please go to the AWL.  If you have no other option but to surrender an existing pet, please take it to the AWL.  If you take it somewhere else, it might be dead before you get home.
From Dog Whisperer Thur 6 March 2008

Recently I watched the show "RSPCA Rescue" here in Australia. I ended up crying as I was so angry what happened. …

They [the RSPCA] made all the mistakes you can possibly do and then decided the dog was aggressive and cannot be given to a nice home! I got 2 dogs from them and both were supposed to be not aggressive at all. As it turned out, both are extremely dog aggressive - so much proof to their testing…

I was so upset that this poor dog had to die! Is there nothing one can do? The next day I found a letter from them in my letterbox asking me for a donation for the great work they do!

They are big here in Australia, probably the biggest. But if those are their methods, I just wonder how many poor animals have to die every day?

Dagmar  Original post by WP-AutoBlog Import

NB These are scripted shows but the lives of dogs and cats count for little, especially if the “re-homing” test is not even applied, as with Zorro in the story above.

Dead dogs walking get reprieve at Monika Biernacki’s Shelter

"At this time of year it is frantic," Ms Biernacki said. "People get rid of their dogs before Christmas, not after Christmas. They do it because they are going away and they don't want to pay boarding fees."

The animals come from "death row" at various council pounds, and if it was not for Ms Biernacki their only future would be a lethal overdose of sedative.
Between 15 and 20 dogs arrive at the centre each week, a volume that is threatening to overwhelm Ms Biernacki and her volunteers.

However, all the dogs will ultimately be rehomed, because, unlike most other centres, Ms Biernacki operates a strict no-kill policy.
$50,000 should have gone to RSPCA

The Northern Territory Government was criticised by MLA Wood for supporting an animal shelter rather than the RSPCA.

www.ntnews.com.au/article/2008/12/19/22721_ntnews.html    19 Dec 2008

Independent MLA Gerry Wood, "If private veterinary services cannot afford to look after stray animals it is not up to the Government to fund those services," he said.
The Government yesterday gave the money to the Ark Animal centre in Yarrawonga, on the outskirts of Darwin.

Local Government Minister Rob Knight said the Government had given the RSPCA $70,000 this year and was looking at the charity's latest funding proposal.
He said Ark Animal would not use the money for its private vet service but for its not-for-profit animal shelter. The money will be used to buy kennels and catteries. Mr Knight said the shelter took in "all types" of animals - "feeding, caring and often nursing them back to health, before finding them new homes".

Mr Wood said the RSPCA was the usual agency for taking in cats and dogs.

My Comment: Does Mr Wood know the figures for those killed by the RSPCA? Why should the Government be obliged to fund the RSPCA but not a shelter that is caring for all its  animals?
www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,24783502-2682,00.html  S.Aust
Chip in, if you want pets to be safe

Article from: CARA JENKIN 11 Dec 2008

The Animal Welfare League and RSPCA have worked together for the first time on a proposal to make the identification microchip mandatory. They say the measure would reduce the number of animals being cared for by the groups by quickly reuniting pets and owners.

The euthanasia rate would be reduced and the number of unwanted kittens handed in each year decreased, as microchipped kittens are more likely to be desexed.
The Animal Welfare League accepts about 20,000 lost and abandoned animals each year and the RSPCA receives about 12,000 animals at its shelter.

Animal Welfare League business development manager Nicola Martin said 55 per cent of dogs and only 9 per cent of cats left at its shelters were microchipped. We are in favour of mandatory desexing, but because mandatory microchipping will have an instant reaction, we're pushing for that to happen immediately."

It is already mandatory to microchip dogs and cats in New South Wales and Victoria.