The pawfect way to celebrate man’s best friend
The RSPCA is celebrating all things animal with its annual fundraising drive, Happy Tails Day on Friday 8 October.
On the back of some disturbing animal cruelty cases recently, the RSPCA has declared this October a time to shine the spotlight on Australians who love their pets.
"For most Australians, our pets are valued members of the family but it’s sometimes easy to forget that when acts of despicable cruelty grab the headlines," said RSPCA Australia CEO, Heather Neil. "Animals make an enormous contribution to our lives through their inherent charm, unconditional love and calming influence. In fact, research has shown that owning a pet even makes us physically and mentally healthier.
"Happy Tails Day is a celebration of the animals that make our lives better, and a great way to support the work of the RSPCA."
The main purpose of Happy Tails Day is to raise much-needed funds to support the RSPCA’s work in caring for and protecting Australia’s animals.
Happy Tails Day Merchandise can be purchased throughout September and October through RSPCA shelters, online at rspca.org.au and through BigW, newsXpress, selected Hill’s vet clinics, Bendigo Bank and at Peter Alexander.
"Last year in Australia the RSPCA cared for 159,176 stray, injured and surrendered animals, yet less than 3 percent of our funding is from governments."
"Happy Tails Day is just one of the activities on during RSPCA Awareness Week. Throughout this week we hope to encourage more people to become involved with the RSPCA, to learn more about our work and about the important animal welfare issues we deal with."
Every dollar counts and Happy Tails Day is the pawfect way to show your love for all creatures great and small.
This year’s Happy Tails Day Hero Dog is Mirrhi. When Mirrhi first came to the RSPCA shelter, she was very insecure; she was so scared, she wouldn’t even walk outside her kennel. She had not been given the opportunity as a puppy to explore the world and build up her positive experiences. After months of rehabilitation, Mirrhi’s confidence has grown and she is now a very loving, sweet natured and highly active companion.