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Puppies need a home

Monday, 20th December, 2010

University of Sydney veterinary student intern Megan Andersen with one of the Tenterfield terrier pups University of Sydney veterinary student intern Megan Andersen with one of the Tenterfield terrier pups

If anyone is thinking about buying a pet there are now lots of them at the RSPCA that need a new home.

RSPCA NSW shelters are full and are desperate to find homes for the influx of animals in their care.

Local shelter manager, Merridy Wall, is encouraging locals to adopt surrendered pets. "We have received hundred of unwanted animals.

It's is a good opportunity for them to get a home rather than buy from a backyard breeder," Ms Wall said.

If parents want to buy their children a pet for Christmas, she said it was important to remember that looking after a pet is not just the child's responsibility.

"They are the adults, they have to be responsible," she said. "Encourage the child to take part in looking after pets (but) realise it isn't just the child's responsibility."

Ms Wall also stressed the importance of making sure people want a pet before it is given as a gift. She said more often than not pets are taken back to the RSPCA.

The RSPCA also has vouchers and these can often make for better gift because the recipients can choose what they want.

The RSPCA has seven Tenterfield terriers looking for homes. The pups are eight weeks old and cost $280. This includes desexing, vaccination, micro chipping and worming.

Ms Wall said seven were are male and one female. The RSPCA has a lots of kittens available. "Every year we experience the same thing," said RSPCA NSW Animal Wellbeing Executive Manager Susan Hill.

"We become inundated with thousands of extra animals during the warm summer months. "This puts us in a terribly distressing situation whereby we end up euthanasing healthy animals because we've run out of space."

"Animals are a longterm commitment and should be considered carefully." For more information contact the RSPCA shelter on 8087 7753.

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