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Never too old to love

Too often, older animals end up in the RSPCA’s care that are unwanted, surrendered by their owners or sometimes even abondoned or injured. Providing an older animal with a happy and comfortable home for their final years can be a rewarding experience.

“Older pets make great companions — they are usually calm, gentle and love spending time with the family,” said RSPCA NSW Shelter Manager Adam Farrugia.“They are more settled in their behaviours and you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks!”

It is more difficult to rehome older pets as a lot of people are concerned about getting attached to the animal and them passing soon after, said Mr Farrugia.

“It takes a special someone to acknowledge that the animal deserves to spend their last years being a happy and loved family member — rather than waiting in a shelter environment,” she says.

Smaller breed dogs can live up to 18 years old so have many years to give to their new owners. Animals over eight years old are Golden Oldies and they are $100 to adopt. To know more, please visit

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Help the super pups in Dogtober!

Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) is a small national charity training Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities.

Pooch has teamed up with ADA, sponsoring their ‘spokesdog’, 4-year-old Brielle, in the lead up to ADA’s fundraising month Dogtober.

Now we want YOU to get involved too! Follow Brielle on Pooch Magazine Facebook and see what she’s getting up to around the country. Alternatively, offer to donate or organise your own fundraising event to help ADA train more of their super puppies!

Every Pooch reader who gets involved will go into the draw to win an IPAD! For event ideas and to register, visit For more about ADA, visit

Thank you for your support!

Photo by Christine Bernasconi Photography

Filed under: Charity, Community, Dog News

The Sweetest Day of the Year

Get your oven mitts on- the annual RSPCA Cupcake Day is happening on the 20 August this year.  Registered RSPCA Cupcake Cooks all over Australia will be baking scrumptious cupcakes of all shapes and sizes in exchange for donations for the RSPCA.

For inspiration check out previous years’ cupcakes here. Some of these look just too good to eat!

Get involved at

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Save the Date – Bali Nights Cocktail Party


Bali Street Dog Fund will be holding their annual Bali Nights Cocktail Party this year on Friday 19th October 2012. This an annual fundraising auction is their main source of income each year and will be used to enhance the welfare of dogs and cats in Bali.

Each $20 raised will desex a dog, not only improving the quality of life for that dog but stopping many more being born to live a life of misery. Tickets available 10th September 2012

Filed under: Charity, Dog Events

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Stop working like a dog, and work with your dog! It’s Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day on the 22 June.  TYDTWDay celebrates the great companions dogs make and to encourage dog adoption from human societies and shelters. Celebrate the human-canine bond with this fun and worthwhile event, but make sure you ask your employer first!

For more details check out

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The Walk That Paw-ses a Nation

Does your dog love to walk? Tick. Does your dog love to meet other dogs? Tick. Then check out RSPCA Million Paws Walk this year on 20 May for a bit of walking and talking. It’s one of the biggest fundraising events for the RSPCA, with thousands of dog lovers and their furry four-legged friends participating in walks held across Australia to raise money for the care of less fortunate animals.

There’s also entertainment, stalls and demonstrations to keep you and your furry friends busy.

For more detail on where the walks are being held in each state see

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