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'No foot, no horse!' FREE horse health seminar in Sydney
Horses are under extra stress during the hot Australian summer months and providing proper hoof care will help to take the burden off their feet.

More info about 'Hoof Balance and Your Horse' Seminar here...

Christmas with the donkeys in July
Celebrating the best and most unique Christmas in July you will ever attend with the donkeys.

Read more about the eventChristmas in July here...

Can my pet come in too?
SEEKING STUDY PARTICIPANTS: Have you ever had to evacuate from a disaster event with a pet?

Read how you can participate here...

Fireworks Frighten Furries
Every year thousands of animals suffer from the noise of fireworks. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners to follow some simple guidelines over the festive season to ensure their pets don't suffer.

A message from the Australian Veterinary Association about the impact of fireworks on pets and horses. Many pets suffer injury or get lost when fireworks are around but this can be avoided. Read more about pets and the danger of fireworks...

How to Pick the Perfect Pet Sitter
Pet sitters offer a valuable service, especially for pet owners who do not want to put their beloved animals into a kennel or cattery. But choosing a sitter can seem like quite a complicated choice: how do you decide on the person you are going to entrust with your pet's wellbeing? This guide covers a few of the essentials in helping you find the right person for your pet sitting assignment.

Read how to pick the perfect Pet Sitter here

Pet Rescue taking place around Australia around the clock
Pet and other animals are being rescued 24 hours a day all around Australia as the pet loving Australian community members spread news of the plight of abandoned pets including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, fancy rats and mice, ferrets, horses and farmyard pets like goats, sheep, cattle, alpaca, llama and other animals that have been dumped or whose owners can't for some reason keep them anymore.

. Adopt a pet yourself or just read how others are involved in pet rescue

Pet News Around Australia
The week at a glance: a roundup of everything that has happened in the Australian Pet & Horse Scene for this week.

Read short pet snippets from papers around Australia this week…

Hendra vaccine could be available by 2012
A CSIRO-developed vaccine against Hendra virus could be available as early as 2012.

Read more about the vaccine here

Happy Birthday to Horses in Australia
Today is the official birthday for all Aussie horses. It began as a horse racing measure to standardize thoroughbred racing horses ages.

Read how the horses birthday on 1 Aug began as a horse racing measure and grew to become a national day for horse lovers. Watch a funny video of horses singing Happy Birthday!

Animal Justice Party formally registered
The Australian Electoral Commission has formally registered a political party concerned with animal issues.

Read about the Animal Justice Party

Police Horse Dies at Agricultural Fair
Two police officers were hospitalised, and a horse has died, after suffering an electric shock in Western Australia.

Read about the tragic loss of Hercules the Clydesdale Horse
Horses, Riders and the Environment - Modern Snowy River Riders
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has redesigned camping areas in Kosciuszko National Park to accommodate the over 1000 horses and riders using the trails each year.

Read how the NPWS has made the horse riding experience better for both horse, rider and the environment.
New Homes for Road Hazard Brumbies
Brumbies at risk of being involved in road accidents are being re-homed, rather than culled, in south east Queensland.

Read about the initiative here...
Queensland Flood Relief for Pets & Wildlife
The Animal Welfare League QLD started sending pet food and cleaning supplies to the Lockyer Valley and will also be sending more supplies, including food for displaced wildlife, as of next week.

Read about what they are doing for animals and the exact items they need donated...
Are you guilty of harbouring a WMP?
Have your dog or cat been desexed?

Read the message from the Animal Welfare League here...
Good News For Rabbits and Humans
An end to animal testing chemicals for skin irritation is nigh!

Read about this wonderful initiative by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) where human 'skin' will be 'grown' in test tubes for use in testing skin reactions to chemicals instead of innocent little rabbits...
Pet Industry Association announces Roger Perkins as new CEO
The President of the Pet Industry Association of Australia ("PIAA"), Steve Austin, announced today that the Board has appointed Roger Perkins as Chief Executive of the PIAA.

Find out more about the newly appointed CEO of PIAA...
Horses and Dogs - Attack at Mandurah
Mandurah where horse riding is very popular and the local Council has specific rules for the keeping of horses was in the news recently when a rehomed shelter dog attacked a horse. The horse was bitten severely on the muzzle causing a 10 cm tear.

Read about the rules here
Do Your Animals Drive You Crazy?
Many techniques that have been discovered as useful for people are just as useful for animals. A most effective method is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), developed by Gary Craig. It uses tapping on hands, face and body, to elicit great changes in behavior.

Read more about Emotional Freedom Technique For All Animals by Yvette Eastman
Australians say no to live export as the Festival of Sacrifice commences in the Middle East
The largest single petition ever lodged with the Rudd Government's Petitions Committee includes the signatures of over 34,000 Australians opposed to live animal exports to the Middle East.

Read about Australian community outrage over the Muslim slaughter of Australian animals exported live to the Middle East
Pet Industry Trends
The Pet Industry has come up tops in recent statistics with it boosting up the CPI of the recreation industry which had fallen in the last quarter.

Read statistics on the recent 2009 growth in the pet industry.
Sydney's most popular family Expo is on again full of great attractions and non-stop entertainment to delight Expo visitors. This year's Expo promises to be the biggest and best ever with over 150 exhibitors taking part and a huge variety of pets and animals to see. It's a great fun day out that's sure to please every member of the family.

Find out more about Sydney Pet and Animal Expo here
The Glamorous World of The Australian Pet Trade
View photos of pet product stands, extraordinary dogs, new pet products, interesting pet traders and glamorous people at the trade only Pet Expo.

Get a glimpse into the little known world of the pet industry.
Don't miss out! Enrol and Pay Upfront before 31st OCT 2009 and only pay $3,000 (Including All Course Manuals and Notes)!

Read more about the EMT Courses and download the form here
News Flash! The 2009 Pet Trade Expo beings Monday 19th Oct!
The 2009 Australian Pet Industry Association Pet Expo is to be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre 19th - 21st Oct. This is Australia's largest & only trade exhibition of pet and aquaria products & accessories.

Find out everything about the Pet Expo including timetable of events and talks, trade show etc here...
RSPCA NSW taking a radical, new approach to rehoming!
RSPCA NSW's latest appeal hit households this week and focused on the upcoming RSPCA Care Centre - an adoption centre and outpatient vet clinic that will be opened in Rouse Hill by the end of this year.

Find out about the new approach from RSPCA!
The inaugural Toowoomba Pet and Animal Expo is a fantastic opportunity for the Pet Industry and local retailers to generate additional sales, promote products and services, and create brand awareness.

Find out about the new pet and animal expo!
'Proud Pet Parents' get to show the world they love their pets, while supporting animals in need.

Find out how to make a difference with your pet's photo!
The Australian Jockeys Association may have won by a nose but the RSPCA is warning jockeys that from this point on they will have a lot of eyes on them every time they whip their horses.

What is the compromise?
Racing Board Decision Puts Horses First
The RSPCA has congratulated the Australian Racing Board for standing firm on the new whip rules and not giving in to a vocal minority.

Read the update for the good news...
RSPCA Urges Racing Board to Hold Firm in Whips
The RSPCA says any easing of the new whip rules would be a major step backwards for animal welfare and the Australian racing industry.

Read more about the RSPCA's position on the use of whips in horse races...
Dark cloud of the Hendra virus hangs over horses again
Test samples taken from a horse at a Cawarral horse nursery property have come back positive for the horse having been exposed to Hendra virus.

Read more about the events taking place on the property and how national biosecurity policy would affect horses and their owners if they contract the disease...
Professional Horse Message Intensive VIC Course Announced 2010
This course conducted over three blocks spreading over six months will enable you to understand fundamental principles and the terminology of equine anatomy, physiology and applied techniques.

Read more about the Equine Myofunctional Therapy Certificate Victorian Intensive Course 2010
There is a lot of discussion currently about what we eat and how we process food as well as the farming practices of both crop and animal produce and how they impact on the environment.

Read about a special event being held in Sunnybank Queensland on this Sunday 30 Aug 2009.
Show results from Adelaide Royal Show Animal Events
Some of you in the animal community may know some of the winners of the prestigious awards at the Adelaide Royal Show.

Click here to see more...
Dog Massage Course by National College of Traditional Medicine
This course has been designed for all those with a love of dogs and an interest in improving their health and wellbeing with the gentle but powerful therapy of massage.

Find out more about the courses and how you can enroll!
More than $1/4 million raised to help dog owners affected by the bushfires
The International Virtual Dog Show was the fundraising effort DOGS Victoria used to kick off its bushfire appeal fund in Feb this year. We ended up receiving 8,796 entries in just one month. At $10 per dog, this raised $87,960 toward the total that would eventually surpass $326,000. These funds are being used to help dog owners care for their dogs as they rebuild or relocate...

Click to read more about helping the dog owners affected by the bushfires...
The Horrific Deaths of Five Horses This Year Alone Have Been in Vain
The RSPCA is appalled with Racing Victoria's decision to allow jumps racing in Victoria to continue. The tragic deaths of five horses already in the 2009 season have been in vain. 

Read about the RSPCA fight for horse welfare in Victoria
The Federal Government will invest 11 cents for every animal exported overseas for slaughter in a dismal attempt to address the massive welfare problems ailing animals in the industry. 

Read more about Budget Fails Animals and Export Jobs
US Breeder Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail for Animal Cruelty
A big breakthrough for animal welfare is being heralded by the pet industry in the USA as an end to an ongoing problem breeder known to perform her own surgery on the dogs she housed without a veterinary degree. 

Read how this renegade breeder came to justice
Renting a home using a Pet Resume!
Whether you are a wildlife carer or a dog owner or one of the other millions of Australians that own a pet, a Pet Resume just might get you out of trouble and keep your pet out of the pound! Renting with a pet can be a real headache. It is already hard enough to find a suitable rental home but add one or more pets to the mix and you have pretty much quadrupled your problems. 

Read how you can better prepare to get the pick of rental homes that will accept your pet by following a set formula for success and by the use of a Pet Rental Resume for your furry, feathery or scaly friend.
"If you go out in the woods today..." beware of the deer shooters
Deer in NSW Australia were the focus of gun toting shooters on Saturday after a government funded media campaign attracted thousands of people out to shoot deer in the State forest. This coincides with the opening of the duck shooting season in the South Australian wetlands which due to public opposition has been shortened to two months.

Read more about deer shooters...
Will some lucky pets get the $900 Government handout?
Joe Hockey as opposition treasury spokesperson has accused the Government of including pets in the $900 cash handout for tax payers! According to statistics, hundreds of dog and cat owners leave some or all of their money to their beloved pets in their will.

Read more whether lucky pets will get $900 from Government
Victorian Bush Fire Appeals and Assistance for Dogs and other Pets
The Pet Directory extends its sympathy to the victims of the bushfires. This is a tragic time for the nation and many of us would like to assist with donations of money or goods. Here are a list of funds that have been set up for people and for dogs, cats and other pets left homeless by the fires.

Read more about the Victorian Bush Fire Appeals and Assistance for Dogs and other Pets...
Vet offers words of caution: Hooves and the effect of fire
A word from The Pet Directory's Resident Horse Vet in Victoria on the effects of bush fire on horses, cattle and other livestock.

Read what the Farrier Vet, Dr Judith Mullholland has to say about overheating of hooves and feet caused by fire....
Tails of the City
Notice to members! As a member of The Pet Directory Network we are excited about a current pet exhibition and would like you to help us spread the word by telling others that love animals and have an interest in pet ownership. Print this news page and present to receive a free copy of The Pet Directory valued at $25!

Read about the "Tails of the City" exhibition at the Museum of Sydney...
2009 RSPCA Australia Scientific Seminar
The RSPCA Australia Scientific Seminar 2009 will broadly examine the interaction between animals and human health from the perspectives of both human health impacts and animal welfare.

Big news for the Horse Community! Australia is now free from Equine Influenza!
DPI surveillance is over and the rest of the world can be convinced that Australia is clean of the disease finally! Bruce Christie, Chief Veterinary Officer of NSW, in his letter to the horse industry 22 Dec 08, congratulates the equine community on their join efforts to eradicate the disease. 

You are invited to the Vets Beyond Borders AGM
You are cordially invited to attend the Vets Beyond Borders Annual General Meeting. We will be offering afternoon tea and a chance to meet some of the VBB team, board members and volunteers. Come along and hear first hand what VBB has been doing and will do in the future.

Very interesting news from the RSPCA in the ACT: Santa Paws and how he can help homeless animals || Judge giving tough sentence for cruelty to pet ferrets || Pets' Party at the shelter: learn to teach your dog tricks || Sponsor a kennel or cat house with your name on it in gold!

Santa Paws is Coming!
You and your pet can have your photograph taken with Santa for this coming Christmas! Find the dates or email RSPCA for more details.

Horse Flu Hits Again
Spring Carnival time and Horse flu raises its ugly head again. This is something that the organisers of the 148th Melbourne Cup Carnival certainly did not need at this time of the year.

The 12th China International Pet Show
CIPS---the largest pet trade show in Asia! The grand gathering of world pet professionals is coming! Free registration as a visitor now on! ...

New Animal Cruelty Laws for SA
Next month will see the introduction of very tough penalties for animal cruelty with fines of up to $20,000 or two years jail....

The RSPCA today said it was time for animal welfare groups to be less compromising and to encourage more people to make their voice heard if animal welfare is going to improve in Australia...

Laidley Conference 4th / 5th Oct 2008 **Agricultural Shows - Today and Beyond**
QCAS Conference to be held in Laidley. All interested parties are welcome to attend. It is always a great weekend and lots of information is available....

Australian World Animal Day Ambassador Announced
Recently the Australian Ambassador was announced as Pam Ahern, the founder of Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary in Willowmavin, via Kilmore, Victoria...

PIAA, The Pet Industry Association of Australia - NEW CONSTITUTION AND NEW BOARD
More members voted than in the history of PIAA on the motion "that the Constitution of the Company be repealed and replaced in its entirety". The new constitution was accepted by a majority vote of members with 93% in favour of the major overhaul of the PIAA constitution.

Visit the PIAA website
This Wednesday Jamie Oliver will empower Australian consumers with the knowledge to help them make informed decisions that will improve the lives of millions of layer and meat chickens across the country...

Animal Welfare must factor in Australia's Farming Future
Australian farmers have a prime opportunity to take advantage of the growing demand for animal welfare friendly products and governments at all levels must help facilitate change, RSPCA Australia said today.

Animals in the News March 2008
Click to see our collection of interesting animal stories that have made headlines this past week. Topics covered: *Chihuahua dog falls from sky *Cancer survivor seeks repeat win in world's longest sled dog races *Kitten dumping has reached record levels in Australia *Python Eats Australian family dog in Kuranda *Body Part by Body Part Sumatran Tigers are being sold into extinction *Cat DNA leads back to Ancient times and forward to over 200 genetic disorders *New undescribed species of parasite that infects aquarium fish

Horses return to Sydney Royal Easter Show
Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) President Rob Vickery announced that Australia's best horses will be able to compete at the 2008 Sydney Royal Easter Show, despite the outbreak of equine influenza. Minister Macdonald said the Department of Primary Industries has worked around the clock with the (RAS) to ensure the competitions can go ahead.

Animals in The News
Click to see our collection of interesting animal stories that have made headlines this past week. Topics covered: *Baby Polar Bear Orphan *Smuggled Reptiles *$10,000 Dog Found Close to Death in Stolen Car *Tiger Kills Tormentor *Plastic Bag Ban in Australia a Dilemma for Dog Walking Owners *Bird flu Breakouts with No Explanation Transmitted to Infect People *RSPCA Rescues Horses - 31 found Dead and Decomposing - 111 in Serious Condition *Serious Ecological Threat Posed by Millions of Imported Aquarium Fish into Australia - Report by University of Sydney Professor, Richard Whittington *NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2008 - Recommended Books include How to Care for Your Pet Rabbit and Other Animal Related Titles

Shear Magic - The John Allan Story
John Allan is one of the pioneers of the Australian Wool Industry and his shearing exploits are legendary.

Finally! A Good News Story about Equine Influenza!
Once infected properties are now being resolved as the Virus burns out in many areas of the Red Zone.

Equine Influenza Outbreak Figures for Queensland
At 5pm today there were 2108 IPs, an increase of 66 since yesterday. The average number of new IPs per day over the last 5 days has been 42. The Green Zone remains free of reported infection.

Dosing cows with drugs causing antibiotic resistance - Doctors in Britain struggling to treat people...
Giving unnecessary antibiotics to animals to artificially fend off illness might be giving rise to drug resistant bacteria which may have bad consequences for humans that eat these animals.

Rat Chariots and Artificial Dog's legs!
Animal wheelchair inventor nominated for major award for mini-chariots for rats to artificial limbs for dogs!

Parliamentary Bill Proposed to Stop Sale of Pets in NSW Pet Shops
Read the Media Release from the Pet Industry Association of Australia about the proposed Bill and implications for animal welfare and for the pet industry.

Equine Influenza has hit Newcastle!
Horses at the Broadmeadow racetrack now have 500 horses in a quarantine situation after one horse tested positive to the virus. Others have been tested and are awaiting analysis.

Department of Primary Industries Equine Influenza in Australia 2007: Victoria Situation Report

Horse Flu Update
Department of Primary Industries Equine Influenza in Australia 2007: Victoria Situation Report

All movements of horses banned in NSW
Following the confirmation of Equine Influenza in horses stabled at Centennial Park in the centre of Sydney, the NSW Minister for Agriculture has issued an order to cancel all horse events and ban all horse movements in NSW. The horse "standstill" is on for at least 72 hours.

120,000 Need Farriers and Saddlers
Lesotho has around 120,000 horses, but no professional farriers or saddlers. This means that many horses have problems with their feet, and badly fitting saddles give them saddle sores.


Attention all horse lovers!
I am contacting as many people as I can in an attempt to find homes for some beautiful horses that were saved from the slaughter house...
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