The NSW Government is launching a new and improved Pet Registry website to provide an enhanced customer experience for people registering cats and dogs across the State.
Public users of the Registry will soon notice the website has a fresh look, enhanced navigation and a range of great new features.
The upgraded website will make it easier to register cats and dogs, return lost cats and dogs to their owners and improve animal welfare outcomes in line with recent changes to Companion Animals Legislation.
The new features are outlined below, but of specific interest to breeders is the introduction of a search function which allows the public to conduct pre-purchase research on the dog or cat they are thinking of buying.
Once the Registry is live the public will have the ability to search by microchip number, rehoming body number or Breeder Identification Number to find out information, including a dog or cat’s sex, breed, age and whether or not it has been de-sexed.
Unique Breeder Identification Numbers will be generated and allocated by the NSW Pet Registry.
Also included in the enhancements is the ability for breeders to add entire litters to the Registry, instead of individually.
At a glance the new Registry features are:
These improvements are the next phase in the NSW Government’s staged upgrade to the Companion Animals Register and commitment to managing cats and dogs in NSW.
We will continue to improve the Registry for all users and streamline and modernise the digital registration process, including future links with other Government platforms.
If you require any further assistance, please contact the NSW Pet Registry team on 1300 134 460 or email email@example.com
Representing 200,000 hobbyists’ breeders and animal owners in NSW, (as it moves towards becoming a National entity), Animal Care Australia is fast becoming a powerful voice, representing those who are the experts in animal welfare.
The recently appointed Chief Animal Officer at NSW Department of Primary Industries, Kim Filmer travelled from Orange to meet with Animal Care Australia. This meeting was hosted by DOGS NSW, and represented by Lynette Brown President of DOGS NSW, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc, Hugh Gent (OAM) Chair of the ANKC Ltd, and Paul Terrett, with Dr Robert Zammit BVSc chairing. This meeting proved to be a very positive one, with Kim confirming her desire to engage with all stakeholders and to present a balanced view in the area of Animal Welfare.
DOGS NSW is now preparing a code to submit to the Minister, to regulate the breeding of all dogs in NSW.
Animal Care Australia is the Peak Body advocating higher welfare standards for keeping animals in Australia as pets and companions.
ACA provides continued development of animal welfare standards and Codes of Ethics for animal husbandry, breeding, training, sale and sporting exhibitions for a wide range of animal species. This is to promote and encourage high standards in all interactions with the animals in our care.
ACA also provides education to our members, the general public and government to encourage responsible pet ownership, and the respectful treatment of all animals in our community.
In recent weeks ACA has met with the NSW Minister for Primary Industries and the Department of Primary Industries' Chief Animal Welfare Officer seeking assurances from both parties that the ACA and its member organisations will be consulted on any future changes or re-drafts of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (POCTA) Act.
In these meetings, assurances were sought to ensure any future Codes of Practice / Ethics produced by the DPI would be initially drafted by ACA member organisations.
Membership to the ACA will be available in the coming weeks via an online membership form.
ACA is currently NSW based, but represents pet owners, keepers and breeders nationally. ACA welcomes member groups and supporters from all States.
The DOGS NSW Charity is now a reality, with it's main aim to promote better health, care and welfare of dogs.
The Charity has the formal title of, The Royal NSW Canine Council Health and Welfare Charity Ltd – the Charity for short. It is a community charity, committed to relieving the suffering of dogs, to assist in the direct care of abandoned dogs through support of the DOGS NSW Rescue Groups and assisting with, and promoting research into matters, that will improve the health of dogs and thus improve their health and welfare.
The Charity recognises and promotes the unique bond between humans and dogs and will work actively to promote the welfare, happiness and health of dogs in the community.
The Royal NSW Canine Health and Welfare Charity Ltd is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible for the donor.
The goal of the Charity is to prevent or relieve the suffering of canines by the following:
Over the next few months these directors will be working on the processes of the Charity and building what we anticipate will be a major force in improving health and welfare outcomes for dogs. We look forward to the input and assistance of the members of DOGS NSW in assisting us shape this work.
The Royal NSW Canine Health and Welfare Charity Ltd is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible for the donor. Although DOGS NSW has very kindly made a seeding grant to the Charity, it will need to raise funds from the community and your donations would be most welcome. If you are considering a bequest, please contact the president at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations may be made direct to the Royal NSW Canine Council Health and Welfare Charity Ltd by direct deposit to the following account: BSB: 062-212 Account: 1068 0015. Donations should be marked with the name of the donor and an email sent to email@example.com for a receipt.
We look forward to building the future with your support and raising the Government’s and Public’s awareness of DOGS NSW in the process.
The new DOGS NSW website is soon to be launched after much anticipation of its upgraded content.
We have listened to your feedback and have focussed on improving how easy it is to find the information that you want, quickly and easily.
The new look site is easy to navigate and has the capacity to improve and boost public awareness of our organisation and the importance of obtaining puppies from registered breeders.
We will be continuing to add features to the website to improve your online experience with DOGS NSW.
The Royal Canin International Spring Fair will soon be here so don’t forget your online entries through SHOWDOGSNSW and remember the Member information night for the CACIB Show.
As we are now gearing up for our largest event on the DOGS NSW show calendar – The Royal Canin International Spring Fair 2018, a member information night is scheduled for Thursday, 9 August at 7.30pm in the Amenities Building, Bill Spilstead Complex Orchard Hills.
The Spring Fair Committee will be running an information night for exhibitors to familiarise themselves with the format for a CACIB show.
The Spring Fair Committee are offering, Challenges, In Group and In Show Awards for ALL classes as well as CACIBS.
Do you see your dog as being an International Beauty Champion? I bet you do!!
Well folks, a new title signifying exactly that has become available through the ANKC’s Associate Membership of the FCI. This title of FCI International Champion (C.I.B.) is now available in Australia.
To achieve it you will need to receive four CACIB awards in a minimum of two Australian States, under three different Judges, from at least three different FCI Member countries. Have I aroused your attention? Then read on.
Day 1 of the 2018 Royal Canin International Spring Fair will offer CACIB and Reserve CACIB awards to all breeds recognised by FCI. These will be IN ADDITION to your regular Challenge Certificate awards, so you have double the reason to get yourself along to the Friday show of Spring Fair this year.
A very unique feature of this CACIB Show, will be that all breeds are to be judged in the ten FCI Groups, so many of you will find that your breed is up against some quite different opposition to the usual competition. You can check out these Groupings in the Spring Fair Show advertisement in your June Gazette. It is naturally also available at the Spring Fair website.
One thing you will need to understand is that CACIB’s are only available to exhibits which are:
After judging all Male classes in Breed, the Judge will firstly (at their discretion) award the usual Challenge and Reserve Challenge Certificate. If the Challenge Winner is eligible for a CACIB, it will automatically receive it. Likewise, a Reserve Challenge winner, if eligible, will receive a Reserve CACIB, but if the Challenge winner was not eligible for a CACIB (e.g. too young), then an eligible Reserve Challenge winner will receive the CACIB and the Judge would then consider a Reserve CACIB from the remaining eligible exhibits. The process is repeated for bitches, however, Best of Breed, as usual, remains a competition between the two Challenge winners.
Group and In-Show Judging will be done in the following sequence; Best in Group/Show 4,3,2,1, Baby, Puppy 4,3,2,1, Junior, Intermediate, Open, Champion; however, note that Best 1,2,3,4 are automatic for their respective Classes.
A very distinguished panel of International Judges has been assembled to adjudicate your entries over the three days of Spring Fair 2018 as well as at a number of Breed Specialty shows being conducted on Thursday 30 August. Our Judges hail from Canada, Ireland, Japan, India, Belgium and Malaysia and bring with them a wealth of international experience in judging, both CACIB and National shows across the globe.
Saturday and Sunday return to the format to which you are all accustomed and I am confident that the usual wonderful entry from all States will be received, such is the popularity of Spring Fair. The organising Committee have offered Sweepstakes across the weekend in eight separate categories, with a Breeder’s Team Event of 4 dogs being featured at the Sunday Show.
For Spring Fair 2018, Dogs NSW has launched its new online entry portal which you enter with your usual Online Services login and password. Try it, it is just so easy.
You can find a help guide at the bottom of the log in screen or click here to download.
Should you have any queries regarding the new entry system please contact the DOGS NSW Office on 9834 3022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DOGS NSW has launched a new Spring Fair website with details on schedules, entering online, judges, accommodation, forms, results, CACIB Show, plus helpful information.
The site can also be accessed from the DOGS NSW app!
A fun day out with your fur friends!
Penrith City Council’s event will be based on drawcard attractions, where locals can participate in all activities such as Dog Competitions, Dog Races, Demonstrations, plus merchandise, services and food stalls.
Proposed activities for the event include dog sports demonstrations, best-dressed pet competitions, dog races competitions, dog trick contest and interactive stalls.
Join in the fun at Jamison Park, Penrith NSW from 9.30am – 3.30pm.
Some of the events scheduled for the day are:
11:25 am Golden Oldies Dog Competition
12:30 pm Junior Handlers - Aged 7-year-old to 12 years old - 12 years old to 16 years old
12:45pm Seek Dog Australia
1:00pm Best Trick Competition
1.15pm Fancy Dress 1.30pm Best Trick Competition
2.30pm Cutest Puppy/ Cutest Dog
3:00 pm Lucky Door Prize Drawn
3:05 pm Best in Show
3:30 pm Show Ends
Volunteers from DOGS NSW PR Committee will be in attendance so please come along with your dogs and support this event.
Follow the Facebook event page for updates on the event.
Since the recent announcement of its International Veterinary Symposium, Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs, has already attracted many leading Australian and international veterinarians and experts in the dog guide, shelter and kennel medicine industry to the event.
Being held in Melbourne at the state-of-the-art Seeing Eye Dogs headquarters from 11-12 September 2018, with the support of Royal Canin and Greencross Vets, the Symposium will have stellar line up of speakers and will cover a wide range of topics that focus on veterinary conditions, treatments, new research, kennel stress and infectious diseases, compassion fatigue and other veterinary challenges:
Seeing Eye Dogs are now calling out for abstract submissions for attendees wishing to present at the Symposium, in addition to suggestions for discussion topics. The deadline for submissions and suggestions will be Friday 17 August, 2018. Please find submission details and all current event information on the Vet Symposium website.
There is a special discount rate of 10% for Symposium attendees at two hotels close to the venue. These include The Larwill, Parkville and the Mercure, North Melbourne. Both hotels are within a short 10-minute drive from the event venue and are equally as close to Melbourne’s City Centre where delegates can explore the amazing restaurants, café’s, galleries and shopping that Melbourne has to offer.
Delegates of the Veterinary Symposium will also have the opportunity to wind down, have some canapes and beverages, and network with like-minded professionals from across the globe from 5-6:30pm on Tuesday 11 September. Attendance is included in the Veterinary Symposium registration price, and includes a meet and greet with our event sponsors Royal Canin and Greencross Vets, guide work demonstrations in the new state-of-the-art Mobility Training Centre, and tours of our purpose built Veterinary Clinic, Breeding Centre and Training Kennels.
Places are going fast! Buy tickets here.
This event is AVA VetEd-approved and is eligible for VetEd points.
While Australia is shivering through the coldest temperatures in decades, the nation’s most trusted pet company PetSafe® is urging dog owners to bring their pets inside during the cold winter months.
“Dogs feel the cold just like we do, even more so if they have never experienced such cold temperatures before”, comments PetSafe® Australia Senior Marketing Specialist Zarqa Ali, “We are urging pet owners for the safety of their pets to please consider bringing them inside at night; while these temperatures are so cold; to help them avoid hypothermia”.
Hypothermia can be deadly for dogs with the most vulnerable being the young, elderly, sick, short haired, short legged or Toy breeds.
“Once a dog starts to show signs of hypothermia it can progress fast and can be hard to treat, so please consider bringing them inside at least at night time”.
Signs of a dog in distress due to the cold can include:
PetSafe® Australia are urging the public to take their dog to the vet immediately if they are showing any signs that are concerning. But also to keep their fur pals indoors where possible because if you are feeling the cold, so are they.
Veterinarian, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc says, “Hypothermia is a serious problem in cold countries and can be seen even in relatively mild winters. The effects are again seen predominantly in the very young and old individuals. Cold can be the biggest cause of young puppy deaths, particularly if they get chilled during the first days of life.”
“Signs of hypothermia are: reluctance to move, cold to the touch, lack of a shiver reflex, pale gums with a slow capillary refill (when the gums are pressed the colour takes quite some time to return, whereas normally this is a very fast reflex), and cold extremities.”
Dr Hedberg BVSc says, “Any cold or chilled dogs should be gradually warmed up and given small amounts of brandy (as it acts as a heart stimulant) and glucose on the gums. Wrap the dog in wool, not synthetics, as wool retains the heat much better. Severe chilling can take some time to reverse. Gently turn the dog over every 10-15 minutes, massage the legs and stimulate the circulation. After effects of hypothermia include pneumonia, so an examination and treatment by your vet, once the dog is fit to be moved, can be a necessity.
Extracts taken from - The Dog Owner's Manual - Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc
Border Collies are a popular breed across the world, famed for their working abilities and general intelligence. Today, many Border Collies are still kept in a working role, with many others finding success as companions, or in competitive dog sports.
Sadly, studies indicate that Border Collies are predisposed to epilepsy, a brain disorder characterised by recurrent seizure activity, while others show behavioural abnormalities including fly-catching, tail and shadow chasing. The University of London Veterinary College is interested in brain development in the Border Collie and how seizures and behavioural abnormalities arise in this breed. As such, they are conducting a series of studies focusing on brain health and behaviour in the Border Collie.
This survey is the first of these studies, and will explore your dog’s day to day behaviour and their health status. This study will improve our knowledge of brain function and behaviour in Border Collies, and help us to understand the wider effects of epilepsy on the canine brain.
We would be grateful if you could complete the full questionnaire, which is estimated to take around 30 minutes. If you cannot complete the survey in one sitting you are able to re-access your answers.
We very much appreciate your help in this study. If you have any queries regarding the questions asked, please contact Dr Rowena Packer email@example.com
The data collected in this questionnaire will be collated and stored at the Royal Veterinary College in London (RVC). Your completion of the questionnaire indicates your consent to participate in this study. We would appreciate it if you could include your contact details, but this is not required if you prefer your answers to remain anonymous. Your data will be anonymised as appropriate, and your contact details will be used only to contact you if we need clarification of the answers to any questions forming part of this questionnaire. Your personal information will be held and used in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and will not be disclosed to any unauthorised person or body. We are happy to send you an electronic summary of the study results at the end of the study. Only the principal investigator in this study (Dr Rowena Packer) and members of the RVC Canine Epilepsy Research Team (Prof Holger Volk, Miss Sarah Hobbs) will have access to the data on the returned questionnaires. The anonymous results will be published on the RVC website and in a scientific journal.
N.B. The study was approved by the Royal Veterinary College Social Science Research Ethical Review Board (SR2018-1561)
Many homeless people or those at risk of homelessness are struggling this winter as temperatures drop below zero in parts of Sydney. For those with pets, it’s even harder as they want to keep their companion animal safe and warm too. On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless¹.
Wanting to make a difference, Year 5 students from Sydney’s Knox Grammar Prep School organised a blanket drive as part of the school’s annual ‘Compassion in Action’ project for Pets in the Park. Pets in the Park is a national charity of volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses that provide free vet care at monthly pet health clinics and quarterly desexing clinics for much- loved animal companions of people struggling with homelessness.
Four classmates Chester Swaffer, Max Byrnes, Hunter Goulston and Harrison Richmond will deliver donated blankets – along with their homemade dog treats - to PITP’s Darlinghurst clinic at the end of the month.
“Blankets are so important for people and pets living on the street at this time of year,” said PITP Director Dr Mark Kelman. “Many people have the comfort of their homes, heaters and the security of a roof over their heads when the weather gets cold and wet. But for those on the street, it’s the toughest time of the year; they risk sickness and misery. Fresh, clean blankets and clothes can make all the difference.”
Dr Kelman said out of all the charities and organisations, the boys chose to help Pets In The Park because they wanted to help homeless people and their pets.
“It’s so good to see young philanthropists wanting to help people less fortunate than themselves, especially in this way. This also reinforces just how important pets are to everyone, including those who are homeless and disadvantaged,” he said.
“Being able to care for a pet helps people to connect with a living being, and our pets are often our best friends. I think young people who also share that incredible bond with their pets can be great ambassadors for what Pets In The Park is all about.”
Homeless people or those at risk of homelessness lead a difficult and isolated life. Their pets provide them companionship, unconditional love, emotional support and security that they’re unable to find elsewhere.
“The benefits of this bond between owner and pet are immense - including increased social, emotional and physical health,” said Dr Kelman.
“However, although pet ownership greatly enriches the quality of life of those who are experiencing homelessness, it can at times come at a significant financial cost and result in the forfeiting of personal welfare. This is where Pets in the Park comes in.”
Today, PITP runs free monthly veterinary clinics in NSW (including a mobile ‘outreach program’ clinic in Sydney), Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. The monthly clinics operate on the first or last Sunday of every month (depending on the clinic) and are run by a strict client referral system.
And without the generosity and compassion of people like the students of Knox Prep School, the charity would not be able to help those in need.
Chester’s mum said she feels very proud of the boys choosing Pets in the Park as their charity, as pets are a very important part of people’s lives and happiness.
“I have always owned pets, especially dogs, and find they bring so much joy to our family,” said Mrs Swaffer.
“Chester says seeing how much the homeless treasure their pets has made him more grateful for the happiness that our dog brings us. He was very excited to find so many people had left bags of rugs and towels to donate to PITP on their doorstep. It was like Christmas for the pets!”
"I have learnt that the people that are homeless also have pets and care for them very much. I have realised that sometimes their pets are their best friends and they want to do everything they can to look after them, which sometimes means doing less for themselves. If we didn't do this project, then I wouldn't have had the opportunity to help homeless people and their pets. I think this is a really good opportunity to show compassion towards them and to raise awareness for the work that the vets and vet nurses at Pets in the Park do."
PITP relies on community donations and the financial support of sponsors and community grants. All donations are 100% tax deductible. The charity is also supported by veterinary practices that donate surgery space and surgical procedures, as well as the many wonderful volunteers who generously donate their time to health and surgery clinics.
To discover more about PITP, visit www.petsinthepark.org.au or follow Facebook.
Pets in the Park (PITP) is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 45560 238110, and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient with Charitable Fundraising Authority.
PITP is dedicated to the provision of free veterinary care programs and services for companion pets of the homeless and is recognised as the only national organisation focused completely on making a difference to the quality of life for both the companion animals and those people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
PITP is completely dependent on the support of volunteers and delivers its program and services without reliance on government funding. We would welcome media support for the promotion and advocacy of our work nationally to ensure the awareness and access to our services is available for members of our own society who are experiencing homelessness.
For further information or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Eric Bickerton, National Executive Officer on 0412 755 744 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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