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Adopting Feral Cats

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Sydney is urging families to adopt stray kittens in order to reduce the number on the streets...

With The Federal Government putting forth a controversial plan to cull two million feral cats over the next four years, Sydney Council is urging families to adopt feral cats in order to decrease the number of strays on the streets.

The project has already resulted in 40 kittens being adopted out to families - minimising the number on strays on the street without having to destroy them.

Stray cats play a huge problem within Sydney, from spreading diseases to killing native wildlife. If kittens are rescued off the streets and adopted, they have the chance of being socialised and homed. Adult strays also have the chance of being tamed with a bit of patience.

There is a stigma around feral cats being malicious - but in reality they are generally shy creatures. The reasoning behind why they may appear intimidating is because they are trying to protect themselves. Most strays won’t attack unless provoked or feel threatened.

The word ‘feral’ is commonly misunderstood also adding to the stigmatisation of feral cats. The term ‘feral’ might simply refer to a cat that is homeless or a cat that has been abandoned or lost.

To assist with minimising the number of stray and diseased cats on our streets, make sure your cat has been desexed, is registered and is up to date with vaccinations.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.