Disturbing news has emerged, confirming long held suspicions the RSPCA is not all it’s cracked up to be. Unlike private shelters such as The Underdog Staffy & Bull Breed Rescue, which have an extremely high rate of successfully re-homing their charges, the RSPCA has been caught out killing off half the total number of dogs and cats brought to it’s shelter in Rutherford, NSW.
The Herald Sun reports the Cessnock City Council, which covers the Rutherford area, has finally responded to pressure from the community and released the damning figures. In total 152 of 490 dogs and 239 of 311 cats (and counting!) were euthanased at the Rutherford pound so far this financial year.
As David Atwell (pictured, right), the vice-President of the Society of Companion Animal Rescuers says,”Other pounds that work with rescue groups achieved “far greater results”. The RSPCA, with breathtaking hypocrisy and without missing a beat then issued the following statement in order to appear to be on the right side of the issue. It said the RSPCA proactively and willingly helped to… ‘‘ensure the number of unwanted companion animals being euthanised every year is reduced’’ and “Along with thousands of rescue groups, animal lovers and animal welfare organisations nationwide, the RSPCA believes the number of companion animals killed each year in Australia is appalling.’’ Which begs the question; what are they appalled at? Perhaps their own behaviour? At pups4sale.com.au, we wish.
The fact of the matter is the RSPCA routinely euthanases tens of thousands of animals across Australia each year. This compares to the hundreds of small, locally based shelters who have a no or minimum-kill policy and who do a far better job at re-homing their charges. Unfortunately such shelters are far too busy looking after their animals and finding suitable homes for them all to engage in the publicity and spin the RSPCA specialises in. Our message to our members and the general public is simple – support your local shelter – which can be found simply by ringing your Local Council or by performing a quick internet search.
To underscore the trend that is happening within the RSPCA, one need look no further than their sister organisation in America; The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). By name it sounds like a noble organisation, doesn’t it? Well last year it raised over US$100 million in donations, does not run one shelter and donates less than 1% of it’s income to actual animal shelters according to monitoring group HumaneWatch. It runs TV and newspaper ads full of cute puppies and kittens, enlists the support of well-meaning (but often clueless) celebrities and has a slick marketing mantra – all the while spending millions on lawyers, lobbyists, and anti-meat/vegan propaganda campaigns that attack farmers. Sound familiar? If the RSPCA stops running its shelters (remember – those with the massive kill-rate) it would be a clone of the HSUS.
So when thinking of where to donate to in order to assist animals needing re-homing, think local and see happy endings come to pass like this one featured recently on The Daily Dog Blog. By doing so you will be spending your donation dollars wisely.