News

Ten staffy puppies and mum dumped at refuge

Rescued puppies looking for a home this christmas thanks to the Northern Rivers Animal Service who retrieved the animals after they were voluntarily given up. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Rescued puppies looking for a home this christmas thanks to the Northern Rivers Animal Service who retrieved the animals after they were voluntarily given up. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

TEN puppies playing and one very tired staffy mumis what Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS) received on the tenth day before Christmas.

Volunteers say it's a sad reality that this time of year often brings with it a spike in surrendered or unwanted pets.

NRAS volunteer Trish Giltinan said the organisation had recently been "inundated" with surrenders.

"If you're considering having a pet it's a 15-year commitment and people really need to think that through," she said.

"People move or they get them and they don't have suitable housing or they're renting and they move and they can't take the animal, which for us is such a disappointment.

"We have a few come in in January when people are tired of the cute puppies or they haven't trained them and so there's problems."

Ms Giltinan said in the past week, the organisation had received about 10 surrenders of cats and dogs.

"Some people shop for puppies online and they probably come from puppy farms and they just don't think about the long-term commitment," she said.

"While there are some people who look at animals as a short-term cute thing, there are plenty of unbelievably responsible pets owners who love their pets and look after them."

Fortunately, this litter of ten will be happy, healthy and cared for into the New Year.

But it's only because of the hard work and dedicated of NRAS volunteers that these former pets don't end up in pounds or worse.

Ms Giltinan said when these puppies and mother were surrender, they were in a fairly poor condition but have shown great improvement already at their Meerschaum Vale carer's home.

Each will be desexed, micro-chipped, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated before they'll be put up for adoption to forever homes.

Anyone interesting in becoming an NRAS volunteer or putting forward and expression of interest as the puppy or mum's forever can phone 6681 1860 or visit the Northern Rivers Animal Services Facebook page.

Topics:  editors picks northern rivers animal services



Council ski jump vote 'small victory' for residents

CONTROVERSIAL: A digital image of the proposed Lake Ainsworth Olympic ski jump facility provided by the NSW Office of Sport.

Councillors vote 8-0 not to support development application

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

Ballina tops region for poker machine profits

undefined

Pokies pulled in more than $6 million in profits in three months

Local Partners

Paralympian's inspiring Beef Week talk

RESILIENCE and determination were key topics of discussion over morning tea at the Casino Beef Week Ladies High Tea yesterday.


Felix Riebl wants to be in your arms

TOURING NOW: Australian musician Felix Riebl is coming to the Northern Rivers in June.

Cat Empire frontman brings out his romantic side in solo show

Joseph's biblical return to Ballina

LEADING ROLE: Award-winning actor Brian Pamphilon as Joseph.

Ballina Players upcoming production

All the gigs you need to know about this week

HAWAII UKE: Aloha Baby is a trio consisting of steel guitar, ukulele and double bass with three-part harmonies based in Australia who specialise in Hawaiian music with Stukulele, Paul Steel and Roddy Rumba. They will be featured in this month's Uke Night which has a Hawaiian theme. Hula dancing from Hula Tomoka and her troupe (also in the picture) will be featured, too. At Club Mullum in Mullumbimby today from 6.30pm.

Comedy, music, theatre and more

Wild and unknown from Sara Tindley

Local singer songwriter unveils new album

Felix Riebl wants to be in your arms

TOURING NOW: Australian musician Felix Riebl is coming to the Northern Rivers in June.

Cat Empire frontman brings out his romantic side in solo show

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

Do you want to star in a TV series?

A Professional Cameraman Filming An Outdoor Scene

New show to be filmed around the Northern Rivers

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Joseph's biblical return to Ballina

LEADING ROLE: Award-winning actor Brian Pamphilon as Joseph.

Ballina Players upcoming production

All the gigs you need to know about this week

HAWAII UKE: Aloha Baby is a trio consisting of steel guitar, ukulele and double bass with three-part harmonies based in Australia who specialise in Hawaiian music with Stukulele, Paul Steel and Roddy Rumba. They will be featured in this month's Uke Night which has a Hawaiian theme. Hula dancing from Hula Tomoka and her troupe (also in the picture) will be featured, too. At Club Mullum in Mullumbimby today from 6.30pm.

Comedy, music, theatre and more

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!