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Lovetails – Guinea pigs as pets

ADORABLE: Yenoe the guinea pig. By Dr SIMONE MAHER I have never really harboured more than a cursory interest in guinea pigs, and certainly never desired one as a pet. And then a funny little creature called Yenoe made his way into the clinic – and with his toupee-like coat, amenability to handling and adorable …
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Calming pets with sensory enrichment

Enhancing our pets lives through their senses By Dr Jo Righetti We all hope that pets in our care are happy, carefree and suffer the minimum stress possible. Unfamiliar shelter environments may have our dogs pacing or barking and our cats’ toileting inappropriately or hiding. Even our normally relaxed pets at home become stressed on …
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Foster care – You can do it!

By ANNE BOXHALL Have you ever thought about fostering a dog or cat? Nita and Deb are foster carers for SAFE Inc – Western Australia’s largest volunteer-based animal rehoming service. For Nita, caring for animals on a temporary basis is a perfect fit for people who want dogs and cats in their lives but also …
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Volunteers make a big difference

  Volunteers make a very important contribution to our three shelters at Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania. They have all levels of experience, from recent inductees to those with more than 20 years of service. Volunteers often form long-lasting friendships. Their mutual love of dogs always gets a conversation started, whether it be at one of our re-homing centres or …
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Rescue dogs are the best breed of all

Since emigrating from the United Kingdom in 2001, foster care volunteer Ruth Simpson has guided more than 70 dogs into new, loving homes. One of them, Barney, was a homeless hound in urgent need of care when Ruth agreed to take him in more than 12 years ago. After a challenging start to the relationship, it …
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