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Feline influx swells numbers
Animal care assistant Lauren Gillan is kept busy at the RSPCA cattery in Weston, which is overloaded with more
than 100 kittens.
Photo: Matt Bedford
High adoption rates, a deluge of
kittens and a massive increase in
animal seizures sums up 2014 for the
RSPCA's ACT branch.
"Overall, across all adoption
numbers, we've had a 20 per cent
increase,'' chief executive Tammy Ven
"Mostly the increase can be
attributed to the fact that we had the
highest number of kittens ever adopted
in one year.''
Although adoption rates were up, so
were the intake rates for all animals
other than adult cats and dogs.
Increases in kittens and puppies
were experienced along with increased
intakes of other animals such as fowls,
fish, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Ms Ven Dange said the big increase
in other animal species in 2014 was
partly due to a hoarding case in
Belconnen where a large number of
animals were seized in July.
Although the intake of adult dogs
and cats was down, the hoarding case
contributed to a 70 per cent increase in
the intake of other animals.
Seizures were a big part of changes
at the RSPCA in 2014 where a more
stringent approach to animal care was
This resulted in a 400 per cent
increase in animal seizures from 2013
Ms Ven Dange said this was partly
due to a change of philosophy where
the RSPCA ACT would not let owners
get away with treating animals poorly.
Cats, and kittens, were identified as
the dominant adoption group in 2014.
As fast as kittens were adopted,
another litter would come in.
"There has been a huge increase in
the number of kittens in the past year,''
Ms Ven Dange said.
"We are absolutely full to the brim
with cats and kittens. Just before
Christmas I had to put out another call
to foster carers because it just seemed
we had one litter after another.''
She said 2014 was definitely the
year of the cat.
High time we embraced
our indigenous heritage
Member for Fraser
Did you know that much of Star Trek
is named in homage to Captain Cook,
the first Englishman to reach
For example, Star Trek's Captain
James Kirk was named after Captain
James Cook, the USS Enterprise was
named after the HMS Endeavour, and
the phrase to boldly go where no man
has gone before'' was inspired by
Cook's ambition to go farther than
any other man has been before me''.
This is just one of the many quirky
facts to emerge from David Hunt's
new book Girt: The Unauthorised
History of Australia, undoubtedly the
funniest book about Australian history
I've ever read.
Hunt sets the context for the English
voyages to Australia. During the
1700s, British law became steadily
harsher until capital crimes included
removing a rabbit from its warren,
interfering with a fishpond or having a
blackened face. There were plenty of
anomalies, too - pickpocketing was a
capital crime but child stealing was
not.Because many capital crimes were
commuted to life imprisonment or
transportation, Britain's demand for
places to send convicts was nearly
Cook was sent south with the secret
mission of finding another convict
You might have learned that at
But I'm guessing your teacher
didn't tell you that Cook's Endeavour
sailed on a steady diet of rum, with
each of the men on board assigned a
pint of rum each day.
Hunt also points out that after he
checked out the skin of locals in Tahiti,
botanist Joseph Banks introduced the
word tattoo into the English language.
I finished the book feeling that
Australia's English settlers were
braver, crazier and more interesting
than I'd known before.
In a passage of his book headed
Bass Strait, Hunt explores whether the
relationship between Matthew
Flinders and George Bass went
beyond the platonic. In one letter,
Flinders writes: I was so completely
wrapped up in you, that no
conversation but yours could give me
any degree of pleasure'' qualified only
with the aside yet it is not clear that
I love you entirely''.
As we know, Cook did not
discover'' Australia -- he was at least
40,000 years late for that. But the tale
of Australia's English settlement is
one strand of our national story. On
this 227th Australia Day, it's vital that
we broaden out our notion of national
identity to include a proud indigenous
heritage, a strong egalitarian tradition
and one of the most successful
migration programs in the world.
Celebrate Australia Day with all things horse --
country music, boot scooting, horse rides,
demonstrations, craft and much more.
Featuring X-Factor star Caitlyn Shadbolt,
celebrated country musician Warren H Williams
and the Baz 'n' Snags puppet show.
(costs apply to some activities)
Monday 26 January
Entry to Spirited: Australia's
Horse Story exhibition is
free on Australia Day
Passionate about animals and want to
work with all creatures great and small?
Turn your passion into a career with an
animal studies course at CIT!
Certi cate IV in Veterinary Nursing (ACM40412)
Certi cate III in Companion Animal Services (ACM30410)
Certi cate III in Animal Technology (ACM30210)
The Canberra region is rich in animal life -- come and join the industry!
For more information attend the information session on
Tuesday 3 February or Wednesday 4 February, 9am-4pm,
Room D121, CIT Bruce, visit cit.edu.au/animal or
phone (02) 6207 3188.
CRICOS No. 00001K -- December 2014 -- RTO Code 0101-- HCS141289
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