A picture speaks a thousand words

homeless man & dog

Ever wonder about the story behind that beautiful, and now iconic, photo of a homeless man with his German Shepherd? Here we gratefully republish an article to follow our Helping the Homeless article from The Campbell Centre for the study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada with their permission… In Issue 21 of CCSAW News, our cover story “Comfort at a Cost?” describes the work of Dr. Jason Coe, Assistant Professor in OVC’s Department of Population Medicine, who is studying the relationships and welfare of homeless youth and their pets. The article features an incredibly […] Read more »

Helping the homeless

Photograph: D John
Courtesy of Pets of the Homeless

Increasing awareness of the roles companion animals play in the lives of the homeless is resulting in more volunteer services to help and care for these pets on the street. With this support, comes new hope and a raft of benefits for carers and pets alike. Many homeless people living with pets are forced to choose between a shelter for a night or staying on the street with their pet. For those of us who’ve ever had a bond with an animal, it’s easy to understand why they often choose the latter. As well as health and wellbeing benefits, for […] Read more »

A free app to help buy sustainable Palm Oil

Orangutan 2

Palm oil. It has more than 200 other names, is found in half of all packaged supermarket items, is cheap and demand for it is decimating endangered animal populations in South East Asia, including the orangutan. Thanks to a free app, making a difference to palm oil consumption just got easier. Unless a change is made in the rate of deforestation, The Orangutan Project estimate that extinction in the wild is likely in the next 10 years for Sumatran Orangutans and soon after for Bornean Orangutans. It’s a sobering thought. As consumers of palm oil, one significant way we can […] Read more »

No cause for celebration

bird caught in balloons

By Amy Motherwell For a long while now, it’s been accepted as tradition to use balloons for various occasions. Seen as a seemingly harmless vessel of sentiment and celebration, it’s what these balloons are made of and where they end up that makes them bad news for animals. A balloon can travel many kilometres before it reaches a height at which it bursts into fragments and returns to earth as litter. These balloon fragments are easily mistaken for food by many species of wildlife, both on land and at sea, and when ingested can block the digestive tract of the […] Read more »

This horrific practice needs to end

Live baiting

If you watched Four Corners on Monday night, you would have witnessed the despicable practice of live baiting in the greyhound industry.Video evidence collected by animal welfare groups has shown more than 70 trainers and their staff to be involved in this illegal practice of live baiting. Animals Australia and the indomitable Lyn White have exposed once again a horrific practice, and working closely with Animal Liberation Queensland, have shown how two operatives on a shoestring budget can do more to investigate this illegal and immoral practice than the cashed-up internal greyhound system which has failed. In a high-risk operation, […] Read more »

The real life of a dairy cow

painted cow

Many people believe dairy cows live idyllic lives, naturally producing enough milk to feed their young and provide for human consumption. In reality, the dairy cow is subject to a perpetual cycle of calving, milking and impregnation. She has been bred to produce double the milk she could have thirty years ago, and to ensure her yield remains at its peak, she is forcibly impregnated every 13 months to produce a calf who is immediately taken away from her. These factors all impact negatively on her welfare but remain mostly hidden from the view of consumers. The Life of the […] Read more »

Halloween for pets

Halloween puppy

While Halloween can be fun for children and adults, veterinarians warn that Halloween for pets can be a different story. Pets can see Halloween as a stressful time of costume parties, endless doorbell ringing, loud and scary noises in the night and strangers coming and going from the home. Sadly, animals – black cats in particular – are also often terrorised, injured and even killed at this time of year, according to Dr Shayne Thomas, emergency veterinarian at Sydney’s Animal Referral Hospital. “During Halloween, we often see pets suffering from injuries, accidents and poisoning. Often councils have fireworks, which result […] Read more »

Australia’s most trusted charity

Jo Weir & Wiley

For the second year running, Guide Dogs has been voted Australia’s Most Trusted Charity in the annual Australian READER’s DIGEST Most Trusted Brand poll. Based on a survey of 2,400 respondents nationally, Guide Dogs was recognised for its industry-leading services, including providing guide dogs to Australians who are blind or vision impaired for over 60 years. Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, thanked the public for their ongoing support and trust. “We’re humbled by and grateful for this level of public recognition in our vital work, which enables Australians who are blind or vision impaired to be more […] Read more »

Vets camp for kids

Alec at Future Vet Kids Camp

While many 11-year-olds spend their free time playing digital games, Alec Campbell is caring for newborn kittens at home as part of a foster program with the Animal Welfare League NSW. In fact, the Kingswood Year 5 student was there for the birth, helping feline mum Ellie through one of nature’s most remarkable moments. Alec – an aspiring veterinarian who loves snakes – learned about kitten birthing, how to help and when there might be a problem when attending the Future Vet Kids Camp in Sydney during the summer holidays in January.  ‘Kittens communicate with their mum by scent, smell […] Read more »

Dog Lovers Show

Shaking dog

There are bargains galore to be had if you’re heading to the Dog Lovers Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Aussie Dog’s stand at 412 (ground level) will be offering our book Moments of Connection as a gift with purchases of $60 and over at their stand for the entire weekend – unbelievable value! Aussie Dog products are quality toys for animals including dogs, horses and even zoo animals. They’re Australian owned and run and stand by their products with impressive guarantees – check out the one for Staffy toys – all at […] Read more »