An important message for Australia from Nathan Winograd…

The Race is on! Australia, New Zealand and the US vie to see who will become a No Kill nation first!

On September 30th, we participated in a national conference on the Gold Coast of Australia. Bringing together shelter directors, government officials, rescue groups and animal lovers from all over Australia and New Zealand, the No Kill Advocacy Centre presented 4 workshops: Building a No Kill Australia; The No Kill Matrix; What is a saveable animal?; Developing Trap – Neuter -Release in the Australian context and Reforming Animal Control / Management: A discussion for CEOs, Managers and Leaders of Pounds and Shelters.

This was our message to our colleagues in Australia:……….”

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DRP Comment:

This paper is singularly THE  most important message for Australian pound cats and dogs in recent times. Please read it, aborb it, and copy it far and wide. If you know any Pound or Shelter management or staff, or Councillors in your area, please send them a copy and ask them to digest the content. Then ask them “what actions will you take?” “If not, why not?”

Incidentally and importantly, many of the “objections” presented by Winograd in this paper come DIRECTLY from some of the senior managers of our well known Pound and Charity Shelters. This was not unexpected by Winograd – it mirrors exactly the reaction in the US.

These senior managers need to “get on the train”. We need to demand it of them. If they won’t, then they need to get out of the way and let someone else who WILL do it have a go.

Tell us who you think this message needs to be directed to……

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11 thoughts on “An important message for Australia from Nathan Winograd…

  1. Annelies Craig October 20, 2009 / 3:40 pm

    Well said and well done, I support you all the way, NO KILL, NO KILL, NO KILL, NO KILL………….

  2. Anne Ward October 20, 2009 / 10:58 pm

    After attending the conference, I feel the media needs to be more involved with the project. They need to stop doing the cute little cuddlie puppy storys and tell the truth, so that the general public are aware of what is happening. The average person does not know how much killing goes on and by who. They think if they send money to a well know animal charity that the money will be spent on animals, and all in rescue knows this is a LIE. most money goes on admin and junket costs.
    In an article in The Daily Telegraph (Monday Aug 31st) it was reported that the RSPCA received in bequeths, for one year alone, between $12 – $15million. If just $1million went on FREE desexing of animals, then it would be a huge benefit towards stopping the population growth of these unwanted pets. Instead most animals will DIE without a cent being spent on them. This is not what the general public or the people making the donations had in mind .
    Tell the media, shout it loud and clear, we need to stop the slaughter NOW, …it is achievable. Ask the public for their help to make it happen. If they don’t know, then they can’t help.
    Anne Dog Rescue Newcastle.

  3. Annelies Craig October 21, 2009 / 3:02 am

    That’s is just so true and I am pleased that Anne from Dog Rescue has had the courage to bring this issue to light. I have done animal rescue, still am but mostly cats and have known this for quite some time that the RSPCA is one of the most biggest killing machines around, and that people who do leave them money do so in thinking that it will save an animal’s life – unfortunately in reality this is not so.

    Even more surprising is the lack of RSPCA officers. For the whole of the Sunshine Coast there is only one Inspector to deal with all reported cruelty cases. Trying to get them on the phone to complain about a cruelty issue is another matter altogether. You are lucky if they answer within half an hour, and even then I found I was the one that was made to feel like the nuisance, took a whole new meaning out of professionalism or support for the animal of concern. Don’t ask me where the money goes, but it certainly doesn’t seem to be seeping into the areas that are badly needed. Seems to go to some big fat cat sitting at the top of the tower.

    I had a neighbour who was treating his dog badly, tied up in the sun all day with no water, not feeding it as well as a number of other issues and even had the police out. Despite numerous attempts to get the RSPCA out, actually ended up stealing the dog myself and rehoming him. I have written to the CEO three times for a ‘please explain’ and still till this day have had no reply. Suffice to say that my personal opinion of RSPCA is very small. I’d much bequest my money to smaller animal rescue groups such as Best Friends Animal Rescue on the Gold Coast or Brisbane Valley Cat Rescue. These are my personal views only……..

  4. Mark Townend October 22, 2009 / 10:12 am

    It is not often that I comment on forums as people can say anything they want, leave out the important facts, and sometimes we cannot reveal all the details for privacy reasons if an investigation is involved. That said, some of the recent comments need to be addressed.

    I understand the frustration of people trying to ring our call centre; the facts are we receive over 12,000 calls a month sometimes up to 20,000 calls per month. It is resourced with paid staff and volunteers at a cost of $400,000 per annum. In some of the comments on the forrum there are accustations of money spent on admin, well the call centre costs are an admin charge but a very important one. The challenge is trying to spend enough to get the job done yet not too much on this admin charge!.

    Currently during the day we have the average of 5 people answering the phones and 2 after hours (when you called Annelies), We use a virtual system now where in peak times or emergencies people offsite can assist.

    Killing, yes I agree we kill more animals than we should need to and am always looking at the most innovative ways to reduce the number of unnessasary deaths. Our main issue are cats and it really is heartbreaking when my staff can take in 300 cats in a day during summer knowing that we can only find homes for 100 of them.

    3 letters to the me as CEO? Please forward copies as we strive to respond to everypeice of correspondence be it snail mail or email if an answer is required; I am distressed that we alledgedly didnt reply to 3 letters. As for the “fat cat at the top of the tower” I invite you to visit my office anytime and then challenge you to issue the apology if what you see isn’t quite what you are promoting, as if there is the oldest smallest, most delapidated office space competition in Qld I am confident RSPCA Qld would win as this has been the last item on our priority list!

    Please check the facts out before you slam our organisation, put your eneregy and passion into helping save the lives at one of our outreach locations where we are trying to save more of those kittens coming through our doors.

  5. Annelies Craig October 22, 2009 / 11:50 am

    Thank you for your prompt reply Mark and am a bit sad that it took my comment to get a reaction as previous dealings with RSPCA, as mentioned above received no satisfactory result at all.

    Yes I did ring a couple of time after hours but during the day as well, 10th December to be exact.. When I called on the afternoon of 10th December I waited 20 minutes. I eventually rang the police and they came and got the dog off the tree it was tied to and gave it water. I rang after hours that night and was informed that I should have held onto the phone, that they would have answered eventually. EVENTUALLY with a dog in the hot sun, tied to a tree is unsatisfactory. As was the anwer. The police were called three times in regard to this case.

    I believe the one and only Sunshine Coast inspector did come and speak to the person in question but just received an education session.

    Three letters were sent; 17th December, 9th February, 13th February. I have each and every copy, however will not be sending them as the gentleman in question has moved to Western Australia. His dog in question I stole and rehomed myself. Incidently that was his 3rd dog. One ran away, another got off her chain was found by the local laws officer and rehomed through SCARS, the next one I stole and rehomed. He now has another but he caged that with a lock that I was unable to get to it and left for WA shortly after.

    No apology will be forwarded. I believe ti should be the other way around.

  6. Ruth Eisenbud October 27, 2009 / 8:57 pm

    The race has already been won. India is the first and only truly no-kill nation. India has accomplished this because the maintrean Indian religions teach non-violence for ALL beings: ahimsa.

    The mainstream judeo.christian religious tradition of the west allows for the killing and harming of animals to benefit man. This less than compassionate message is at the root of so much animal abuse and suffering.

  7. Carol JOHNSON November 13, 2009 / 11:46 pm

    My husband & I rescued a beautiful little Jack Russell dog from the Jack Russell Rescue, “Wags & Whiskers” at Londonderry, N.S.W. The staff are all dedicated volunteers and do a wonderful job in rescuing and caring for these unfortunate animals. I agree with Anne Ward (20.10.09) and her comments about “where all the money that is bequethed to the R.S.P.C.A.” goes as it appears it is not getting spent on free “desexing” programs etc. Therefore the public should re-consider to make their donations to a “rescue organisation” who do their “utmost best” in trying to re-home the animals. I regularly watch the “R.S.P.C.A Rescue” program on the T.V. and note that most of the offenders who are cruel to animals DO NOT GET heavy fines or go to jail. It seems the “justice system” is no more than a “JOKE”. If these offenders were heavily fined (and jailed) the fines could go to support these “rescue organisations”. I suggest that people like Anne Ward & Annelies Craig (together with as many “rescue people”) go to the Television Media like “A Current Affair” or “To-day-Tonight” for publicity on the “NO KILL” support as well as exposing the R.S.P.C.A.’s distribition of their donations etc. These media programs do not usually “leave a stone unturned” when it comes to “cruelity to animals” so this would be my suggestion and wish you, (Anne & Annelies) the very best with your fight for these poor unfortunate animals.

  8. Robyn K November 22, 2009 / 4:37 pm

    Nov 09. I just read someone say, re issues of re more petrescue from pounds and attacking freedom to breed laws in Aust. The comment I read was – “We are not about re-inventing the wheel”. Petlovers that we are – we find ourselves using modest, almost apologetic phrases to ensure we are understood & tolerated by any opposition. The breeding law fight goes on universal, USA etc. It disgusts me that Bills are prepared to submit to Govt, yearly I think & Labor Govt. just “hose Clover Moore down in quick rapid fire. 2 mins. like Govt. has already conceived that re opponents of present day Animal Breeding liberties – deal with them by just pressing the eject button. Problem solved, deal with petlovers the same every year. Can’t march on City Hall (in Aust.) in sufficient numbers as all Animal Rescuers are saving animals in Pounds at the 11th hr. Re Govt. I think the only thing that’s going to get their attention is to confine them into evidence of Society’s overwhelming favour of banning pet breeding, farms & home. CAN’T SOMEONE FORM A POLITICAL PARTY?? “PEOPLE AGAINST ANIMAL BREEDING PARTY” etc. TO GET THE BALL ROLLING & GAINING PUBLIC SUPPORT – RESPECT THAT ANIMAL LOVERS ARE NOT BACKING DOWN. If Hononolu can introduce compulsory neutering at an early age (recently), it seems so simple. Why can’t much bigger Nations? I was impressed Channel 7 TV took interest to include the Anti-breeding movement on Today Tonight.

  9. SHARON CHAMBERLAIN March 3, 2010 / 2:28 pm

    I HAVE WORKED INSIDE THIS ORGANISATION FOR 2 YEARS IN A SENIOR PROFESSIONAL POSITION AND EVENTUALLY RESIGNED AFTER NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO CHANGE SOME POLICYS REGARDING ANIMAL WELFARE . I FOUND THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT WERE INFLEXIBLE DESPITE THE VETERINARY TEAM BEING THE MOST QUALIFIED TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. I HAVE SEEN MORE ANIMALS EUTHANASED (ABOUT 300) IN THE LAST 2 YEARS THAN I HAVE IN 23 YEARS IN THE VETERINARY PROFESSION, ONLY ABOUT 10% WERE BECAUSE OF MEDICAL REASONS ALL THE OTHERS FAILED THE TEMPREMENT ASSESSMENT!! . THERE IS NO REHABILITATION OR TRAINING PREFORMED AND THE DOGS ARE GIVEN 72 HOURS TO SETTLE IN, IT IS BLACK OR WHITE A 15 MINUTE TEST DETERMINES WHETHER THEY LIVE OR DIE. ANY ANIMAL THAT HAS RINGWORM ( A FUNGAL DERMATITIS) IS EUTHANASED EVEN THOUGH IT IS EASILY TREATED OVER 21 DAYS, IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON FOR ME TO HAVE 9 CATS/KITTENS AT HOME AT MY OWN EXPENSE TO SAVE THEM, WHEN HANDED BACK FOR RE-HOMING THE SOCIETY HAPPILY SOLD THEM FOR $170.00 EACH, THE PRIORITY $$$. I AM A REAL ESTATE OWNER WITH NO CHILDREN AND INTEND TO LEAVE MY ESTATE TO HELP ANIMAL WELFARE, GUESS WHO WILL NOT BE RECEIVING MY BEQUEST.

  10. Annelies Craig March 6, 2010 / 11:57 am

    Thank you Sharon for having the courage to shed the light…..

  11. Cheryl Kiss April 26, 2010 / 3:51 am

    I am recently on the internet so please forgive my ignorance however i would very much be so proud to say I CAN NOT!!! stand any cruelty to ANY animal. I have called the RSPCA on people with cats, dogs and horses in horrifically appaling conditions but by their standards the animals were fine. Horses left in paddocks with their fetlock almost on the ground when they walk because their hooves were so over grown and split they could hardley walk, no food just grass in the paddock and bathes with no water also cats locked in cages with other cats that had passed away and the cat alive fed on it!!! Its unheard of and dogs I fed that threw up what I fed them twice and re ate it. All these in the same home. I want to do what ever you’s think I can to OUTLAW the RSPCA. Please e mail me with what ever I can do to support you guys. Im behind you 100%.

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