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WIRES springs into action on native animal rescue
WIRES has announced its Spring Rescue Appeal with the help of award winning actor Noni Hazlehurst who has launched the charitable appeal on the WIRES Facebook page.

Read about Spring Rescue Appeal to save orphaned, injured and abandoned baby native animals here...

Parrot Trust of Australia announces Parrots 2014 Fundraising Tender
Call for donations of cash, goods, services or products. Following the amazingly successful and well received PTA Tender in 2012, we have received commitments of further very generous donations to be sold to raise funds for the benefit of the Parrot Trust.

Read more about the 2014 fundraising tender here...

DNA confirms elusive Night Parrot found
Work at the Western Australian Museum's recently acquired DNA laboratory has proved conclusively the Night Parrot - often referred to as the Holy Grail of ornithology - is not extinct.

Read about the existency of Night Parrots 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...

Winter weather brings perils for pets
From tick paralysis to smoke inhalation due to house fires, winter offers many outdoor and indoor threats to pets, but taking a few precautions will help to protect their health and safety.

Read how you can protect your pets during winter time here...

On Jun 21 (Friday) the AWLQ rehoming centres are encouraging the community and local businesses to get involved in 'Take Your Dog to Work Day' a day that promotes the bond between humans and their pets.

Read how you can can also win Take your dog to work's competition here...

Aquarium Import Business for Sale in NSW Due to Ill Health. Buy an aquarium business with benefits!

Read more of this fantastic opportunity with this aquarium business coming up for sale

Veterinarians warn pet owners to keep treats to themselves this Easter
Veterinarians are no strangers to animals coming in with poisoning during Easter. Chocolate poisoning in dogs is a big problem, particularly dark chocolate, which contains a higher level of the toxin 'theobromine', says veterinarian Dr Sarah Goldsmid from the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney.

Read which foods are of danger to your pet

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

'Free range' - has anyone asked the hen??
The RSPCA says the recent debate on the stocking density of hens in free-range systems is confusing consumers and seriously jeopardising efforts to improve the welfare of hens.

Read about the free range hen welfare here

Thousands of dollars worth of exotic parrots were stolen from a bird breeder's own home in the early hours of Friday morning 6 Jan 2012. We are asking everyone to be aware.

Read the details on the missing parrots.

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

Sick Pigeon Scare in Melbourne
Within the last 24 hours news has broken and the DPI has made a public statement about a very rare avian virus which has effected pigeons in Melbourne and is also zoonotic meaning it can make people sick.

Read how this pigeon virus first identified in a hobbyist pigeon loft and how to prevent its spread.…

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…

Lack of pet friendly accommodation killing our pets
A lack of pet friendly accommodation is contributing to the number of animals being euthanised in Australia, say animal welfare campaigners.

Read about the impact of no pet friendly housing in Australia

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

How do overseas retailers affect the Australian pet industry?
While the debate about the lack of GST on purchases from overseas continues, Ellen Magner from The Pet Directory takes a look at how this issue affects the pet industry in Australia.

Read what pet industry members have to say here...
New role helps pet industry body drive member benefits
The Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) is seeking to improve the experience of its members and expand its membership base, with the appointment of an Event and Membership Manager.

Meet the new Pet Expo Event and Membership Manager
Tough Cat Bylaws On The Way For Salisbury, SA
A South Australian council has proposed strict new bylaws on cat ownership with mandatory early age desexing and microchipping and other controls that will affect cat owners.

Read more about South Australia's feral cat problem
Call for Pet Inclusion During Evacuation
As Australia continues to clean up after a spate of natural disasters, a call has been made to allow pets at evacuation centres.

Read more about saving pets in natural disasters
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...
West Australian free-range chicken producer Mt Barker has become Australia's first chicken farm to join the RSPCA's Approved farming Scheme.

Read more about full events here...
Pet Shops Rehoming Homeless Pets
With animal homelessness high in Australia, pet shops often come under fire if they sell animals. Read about a positive approach by a Brisbane pet shop for providing the public with the opportunity to buy a new pet.

Read this message from Jenni from Brisbane Pet Headquarters here...
Are you guilty of harbouring a WMP?
Have your dog or cat been desexed?

Read this message from Jenni from Brisbane Pet Headquarters 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...
1,000 pets burned to death in UK pet factory
Fire causes unbelievable suffering and tragedy for over 1,000 beautiful animals when a pet breeding factory burned four sheds that housed guinea pigs also known as cavies, rabbits and other small pets.

Read more about the guinea pig factory fire...
Nestlé Purina PetCare Australia announced today it plans to aquire the Accessories and Treats business of The KraMar Pet Company Pty Ltd. The aquisition will take effect from 25th Mar 2010.

Read more about Nestlé Purina PetCare Australia's aquisition of the Accessories and Treats business of The KraMar Pet Company Pty Ltd
Lawyers for Animals?
Swiss newspapers have been buzzing with the special vote held on Sunday 7 2010 to introduce state funded legal representation for abused animals. The vote was defeated by 70% of Swiss voters in the controversial referendum.

Read why Switzerland takes animal welfare so seriously
Court Denies Return of Illegal Birds to Importer
A Victorian court has denied the return of 173 exotic birds to their keeper after finding they had been illegally imported into the country.

Read more about this win for Australia's fight against illegal wildlife trade...
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.
News Flash! The 2009 Pet Trade Expo beings Mon 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!
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.
Stolen Birds Alert!
Attention bird and animal lovers! Sometime between Sunday 15th and Tue 17th the following birds were stolen from a David Smeaton in South Australia. Be on the alert for new birds in your neighbourhood (anywhere in Australia as thieves often move birds interstate to avoid detection) . Look out for Sun Conures, Red-collared Lorikeet, Moustache Parrots and Macaws. Some are breeding birds while some are the daughters pet birds.

Click to read descriptions and contact details.
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...
The Pet Barn Nerang achieves Pet Industries "Gold Class" Accreditation
The Pet Barn Nerang of 19 Hinkler Drive, Nerang has recently achieved Accreditation status with the Pet Industry Association of Australia - the Peak Body

Read more about The Pet Barn Nerang's achievement in the Pet Industry
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 February 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...
Cupcake Day for the RSPCA 2009!
The biggest bake-off in the Southern Hemisphere is back - Cupcake Day for the RSPCA!

Click to read more about the RSPCA's Cupcake Day, register, buy cupcakes or merchandise...
Man's fear and lack of bird knowledge leads to death of seagull
If people haven't been brought up to admire, learn about, and care for birds and other animals it can sometimes lead to acts of cruelty such as what occurred in Laguna Beach California when a man beat a Heermann's gull (Larus heermanni) with a stick when it tried to eat his wife's dropped ice cream.

Read more about this vicious attack on a near threatened species of gull...
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.
Pigeon Smuggler's Wings Clipped
Customs and Border Protection has thwarted an attempt to smuggle two live pigeons, two bird eggs and plant seeds into Australia concealed on a passenger's body.

Read more about how the smuggler's got caught
Saving a Toddler's Life is "For the Birds!"
Quaker parrot yells "Mama, Baby, Mama, Baby" bringing the sitter and mother running to rescue a choking toddler.

Read more about Saving a Toddler's Life is "For the Birds!"
Parrot Society presents "Step Up: Parrots and People Learning Together with Barbara Heidenreich USA"
Don't miss Barbara's only Australian Appearance in 2009!

Find out more about Parrots and People Learning Together event!
World first for the Budgerigars!
Budgerigar show in Pakistan judged via internet by Australian judge!

Read more about the Budgerigar show judged via internet...
"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...
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.

Pet Shops benefitting from economic downturn this Christmas
Customers are focussing on the essentials like food but also buying collars, toys etc. but not going for the Christmas gimmicks such as pet Christmas stockings for under the tree...

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.

Special Invitation from Directors of Red Hill Gallery
Please join us at Red Hill Gallery this Friday night from 6pm to enjoy some champagne, good company and to meet Paul Margocsy...

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.

News Flash from Pet Industry Association of Australia!
NSW Pet Shop Code, Commercial Dog Washing Services and Groomers!

While the bad news is that Dr Harry Cooper is unable to attend the Pets' Day Out at Ballam Park on Sunday, 12 Oct, the good news is that Dr Katrina Warren, his famous partner from the television hit Harry's Practice, will be the new special guest on the day...

New South Wales pet shops have been sent a revised code of practice that is now enforceable under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation, 2005...

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
Environment Minister, Peter Garrett has approved the construction of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth following agreement with the West Australian Government on a substantial package of measures to protect the endangered Carnaby's Black Cockatoo.

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...

Harrods opens the largest ever pet emporiuim
Harrods is set to open a new pet department later this month that will be three times larger than the existing space devoted to animals.

After a long battle with depression, Queensland rare chicken breeder Mark Tully is now on a mission to protect the endangered chickens to which he owes his life.
He begins an epic "chicken chase" fuelled by a determination to find "lost" breeds of poultry before they are gone forever. His search covers almost 10,000 kilometres and five Australian states as he tracks down rare heritage breeds and meets others who share his passion.

Animals in the News
Click to read interesting animal news stories making headlines. Topics: * Track your lost dog by phone! *Robot pet hair vacuum *Love a Lovebird? *New Aussie Shark found *Muddy Goat Disease in North Queensland

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.

Bird Judge retires after many years in front of the show bench
Terry Casey was presented with a plaque from the Australian National Cockatiel Society in recognition of all he has done over the years for the hobby of Cockatiel breeding and showing.

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

ABS Stand at the Spectacular Petacular
ABS Stand at the Spectacular Petacular Sat 15th and Sun 16th Mar 2008 at the RNA Showground. Great family day!!

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

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!

Wynnum Redlands Budgerigar Club 2008 Show Case Auction
Wynnum Redlands Budgerigar Society is pleased to announce it's Show Case Auction of 2008

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.

Pet Expo 07 and Groomex coming to Melbourne
Australia's pet trade expo and famous Groomex competition only days away!

The Famous Alex, The Talking African Grey Parrot just died
The world of parrot lovers will be saddened to hear that Alex who has been seen on TV and even U-Tube has died of unknown causes on 7th Sep 2007.

Lutino Macaw Born In Australia!
What is yellow and white with red eyes that should be blue and gold with dark eyes? Answer: The very first red eyed Lutino Macaw to be born in Australia!

Rare Regent Parrots get their day in Court.
Orchards and almond plantation workers charged with shooting rare parrots.

Victory Won To Stop Animal Fighting in U.S.
A six year battle by The Humane Society of the United States to stop animal fighting has been won despite strong legal opposition by the cockfighting lobby who poured hundreds of thousands of dollars in to hinder the legislation.

Return of the blue-fronted Fig Parrot after 130 years!
The thought to be extinct parrot was found in thick rainforest possibly on Queensland's Gold Coast hinterland but the exact location has not been made public by the naturalist who made the discovery.
Budgerigar Fancy reaches Pakistan!
The new BSP (Budgerigar Society of Pakistan) will hold their FIRST AGM on the 31st of Dec . An interesting development in the way a lecture will take place between an Australian lecturer, Nigel Tonkin, and the BSP. Read the interview between Nigel and Mobassir of Pakistan to find out how Budgerigars are kept in Pakistan...
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