BARN 2009

BUNYIP ANIMAL RESCUE NETWORK

BARN NEWSLETTERS – 2009

 

DECEMBER 2009 NEWS

 

Congratulations to Katrina McMaster, who is the winner of the book Natural Pet Care written by animal nutritionist Pat Coleby. The winning entry was drawn by Dr Melinda Hartmann from the Bunyip Vet Clinic on November 17.

Now that summer is suddenly upon us it is relevant to issue a timely reminder about protecting animals from heat stress and dehydration. During the intense heat wave of February this year there were many reports of local animals suffering and dying from heat stress, particularly chickens and rabbits. Always ensure that your animals have access to a cool, shady spot on a warm day, and that they have clean water available at all times.

In preparing for the coming bushfire season, it’s essential that we factor in our animals when making our emergency plans, especially for those of us who may be faced with sudden evacuation.

To access the CFA’s Bushfire Survival Plan (pdf file) go to: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/residents/documents/summer/leaving_early_template_mono.pdf

To learn about Emergency Planning for your animals visit this RSPCA web link: www.rspcavic.org/animal_care/emergency_planning.htm

For information on “animal evacuation kits” (courtesy of veterinarian Dr Heather Tilley) go to: www.vca.org.au/assets/pdf/pet-emergency-evacuation-kit.pdf (pdf file).

And finally, Emergency First Aid Kits for animals are now available from the Melbourne Fire Brigade’s “Survive Alive” website: www.survivealive.com.au

With all the young wildlife around at this time of year, having recently emerged from nests and dens, there are sure to be a few casualties on our roads. Local wildlife shelters and carers are able to assist with orphaned or injured wildlife. Contact the B.A.R.N. for more details: barn@speakforanimals.info This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Christmas is almost here again, but for animal rescuers Christmas is a sad time, knowing that there will be a flood of unwanted animals arriving once the traditional celebrations are over. The greatest contributor of this tragedy is the “impulse buying” of young animals, followed closely by the practice of giving animals as gifts to those who are not ready to receive them. When bringing new cats and dogs into the family, remember that a dog’s life span may be 15 years, and a cat’s life span may be 20. And when selecting a new companion, please remember the best motto of all: “Adoption is the first option”.

The BAST Cat Rescue team, which services the south eastern region of the outer Melbourne suburbs and also West Gippsland, is currently having difficulty meeting the needs of their rescued cats. If you would like to donate a can or bag of cat food to the Cat Rescue team, food items are being received at the Bunyip Vet Clinic between now and Christmas. Thank you to the team at the local Clinic for receiving food donations at their office.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday season, and until next time… “… be kind to the kritters… ”

 

B.A.R.N.

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2009 NEWS

 

There have been several sightings of snakes in the Bunyip area in recent weeks. It is important to remember that most snake bites occur when attempting to catch or kill a snake, and of course, snakes are protected by law. Our closest snake catcher, Geoff Lockwood, is based in the Baw Baw Shire. For information on snake identification or relocation please contact Geoff directly on 0428 352 203 or glockwood@dcsi.net.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If anyone in our town is interested in completing a two-day training course to become a snake catcher, there is a course being held in December. If you would like further information on participating in a nationally recognised snake handling course please contact: info@snakehandler.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The BAST Cat Rescue team, which services the south eastern region of the outer Melbourne suburbs and also West Gippsland, are currently having difficulty meeting the needs of their rescued cats. If you would like to donate a can or bag of cat food, items may be left in a collection box at the Bunyip Vet Clinic. Thank you to the team at the Bunyip Vet Clinic for receiving donations at their office.

B.A.R.N. has one copy of the book Natural Pet Care to give away to one Bunyip resident. The book was written by the respected animal nutritionist Pat Coleby, who used to live in the local area many years ago. If you would like to be in the running to win this book simply send your name and contact details to us by November 15, via email: barn@speakforanimals.info This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The winner will be drawn on Monday November 16 and announced in our December update.

Until next time… “… be kind to the kritters… ”

 

B.A.R.N.

 

 

OCTOBER 2009 NEWS

 

On October 4, people all around the world celebrated World Animal Day, to acknowledge the roles that animals play in our lives and to honour the human-animal bond. Here in Bunyip it was celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of Saint Francis via the annual “Blessing of the Animals” mass at St Thomas’ Anglican church. For anyone who missed out on the Bunyip event, the Anglican parish of Drouin will hold their Animal Blessing mass on Sunday October 11 at 11.30 am.

October 2009 sees the beginning of the biggest animal adoption drive ever held. It is a global effort, sponsored by a major pet food company, and will run over 3 months. This year’s goal is to re-home 1.5 million animals worldwide. To find out which Australian shelters are getting involved for 2009, visit the following website and click on “Australia”: www.animalcenter.org/home4theholidays/shelter_map.aspx .

With more than a quarter of a million healthy companion animals being euthanised in Australia each year due to a lack of loving homes, it is absolutely crucial that adoption be considered as the first choice when bringing a new animal into your family. Visit the website of Death Row Pets to read the full details of this tragedy and to find out what you can do to help: www.deathrowpets.net .

If you would like to be sent regular email updates showing an assortment of local animals requiring homes, send a brief message to barn@speakforanimals.info This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Are you looking for a specific breed of dog? There are many breed-specific canine rescue groups in Victoria. Contact the BARN for more information.

We are excited to announce the SPEAK UP Exhibition, which will run from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October at the Old Drouin Butter Factory. Local teenager, Lily Willems, will be presenting her moving photographic display which highlights the human-animal bond, offering a unique visual experience. The event will be both entertaining and educational, since SPEAK UP will also strive to raise awareness of animal mistreatment. Opening night of the Exhibition will begin at 7 pm. Entry is by gold coin donation and the Butter Factory is located at 1 Main South Road, Drouin. For more information phone: 0439 515 848. We wish Miss Willems all the best for her Exhibition.

 

Until next time… “… be kind to the kritters… ”

 

B.A.R.N.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2009 NEWS

 

Welcome to the Bunyip Animal Rescue Network’s first newsletter. We aim to publish an update each month to keep the local community informed about animal related activities.

And what a beautiful start to Spring we are having! And as we leave our cold weather behind us, it is a good time now to cover the spout of your chimney with wire mesh to stop birds from nesting in the flu. Also with our milder weather comes a timely reminder to keep an eye out for snakes. Like all native animals, snakes are protected, so it would be wonderful to hear from any licensed snake catchers living in our local area. (Please contact the B.A.R.N. if you would like to make yourself available for the task of snake relocation in the coming months: barn@speakforanimals.info )

We are happy to announce that World Animals Day for 2009 will once again be celebrated with a Blessing of the Animals Mass at St Thomas’ Anglican Church, 16 A’Beckett road in Bunyip. We are hoping for a bright and sunny day on Sunday October 4, to celebrate this special occasion, which is also called the Feast of Saint Francis. The Blessing Mass starts at 2.30 PM and is followed by a friendly afternoon tea, courtesy of the St Thomas parishioners. Bring your animal friends – Bring your human friends – All are welcome!

Are you sharing your home with an adorable rabbit or two? We have five copies of the booklet Bunny Business, written by Wendy Parsons, to give away to local rabbit lovers. Bunny Business offers excellent advice on rabbit care – including notes on feeding and house training. If you would like to reserve your copy simply send your contact details to us at the B.A.R.N: barn@speakforanimals.info

Until next time… “… be kind to the kritters… ”

 

B.A.R.N.

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