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Lifestyle : Everything Pets
1HERSA1 W002 Food for dogs & cats... with the health benefits of yoghurt. The benefits to humans of regularly eating Yoghurt has been known for centuries. It's high in calcium, promotes healthy skin and hair, introduces good bacteria into the gut for inner health and digestion while improving immune function. Yoghurt Plus has been specially formulated to provide both dogs & cats with all the health benefits that a daily serve of yoghurt provides to the rest of the family Available at all leading supermarkets, try your pet on Yoghurt Plus and see "What all the Plus is about" What all the Plus is about . he family. backyard clean up service 1800 364 766 • Exclusively small dogs and cats • Air-conditioned & heated indoor accommodation • Grass gardens for lots of exercise • Located 30 mins North of the Harbour Bridge Mention this ad for a 10% discount! www.duffyspetboarding.com.au 02 9450 1579 DUFFYS FOREST SMALL PET BOARDING AG3565609AA-060311 2 SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD S pets Make sure you bark up the right tree Take some time to consider which animal is suited to you, writes Jason Mountney. Great or small ... choose a pet you can take proper care of. A ll going well, a pet is going to be around for a long time. And the avenue you choose to make your purchase is loaded with ethical arguments about animal welfare. So it pays to choose wisely and think about what type of animal you want to share your home with and how you will get it. There is a movement to ban the sale of mammals from pet shops. A bill sponsored by the independent state MP Clover Moore banning the sale of cats and dogs from pet shops and markets recently failed to pass the NSW lower house. However, another is being tabled. Moore has sponsored the bill to cut the number of dogs and cats dumped at shelters and local authorities. The bill is designed to keep pets away from shopping centres, where they tempt impulse buyers, and to reduce demand for animals from puppy mills, where dogs are forced to constantly breed to supply the owner with an income. More than a quarter of a million dogs and cats are euthanised in Australia every year. In response to recent criticisms of the industry, the chief executive of the Pet Industry Association of Australia, Roger Perkins, put out a statement urging owners to check if a pet shop is a member of the PIAA before buying. ''The PIAA and our members believe animals should always be handled with care and respect,'' he says. ''If any of our members fail to take due care with animals, or flout the standards set out in our Code, the PIAA will take disciplinary actions against that member.'' However, the RSPCA claims 95 per cent of dogs sold in pet shops are from puppy mills. Instead of choosing between shop and breeder, you could save a pet another person has abandoned. Monika's Doggie Rescue in Ingleside on the northern beaches has rescued nearly 10,000 pets from being put down by local authorities throughout NSW. At any one time it has about 200 dogs waiting for a second chance. The centre also houses other animals. Despite the centre's urgency to get animals housed, Monika's is selective about who can adopt. Owners must be willing to allow the dog to sleep indoors -- even if it is just a garage or laundry. People adopting dogs to give to a third party as surprise gifts are unwelcome. The centre's founder, Monika Biernacki, says the shelter does ''a bit of matchmaking'' when people come looking for a dog. ''Some dogs have been abused and need a highly experienced handler,'' she says. ''Others are just sweet dogs.'' Animals end up at places like Monika's because many people buy pets without realising how much work is involved. Don't Fret Pet gives people the chance to ''road test'' a pet by looking after someone else's animal while they are on holiday. Not everyone opts for a cat or a dog when buying a pet. A Brisbane reptile enthusiast, Simon Grainger, says a snake or a lizard can be much easier to care for. ''Your general pet python has minimal requirements,'' says Grainger, who runs the Everything Reptile pet and supplies shop. ''Most snakes feed only once a week and they're easy to clean up after.'' He says owners also have the satisfaction of knowing they are preserving native species. Grainger says some of his customers ''keep a reptile, as their landlord won't let them keep a dog''. ''They're a practical pet,'' he says. ''They don't bark, dig up the yard or scratch the furniture.'' Anyone wanting to own a reptile in NSW must first get a licence. A Class 1 licence gives you the right to look after easy-to- care-for reptiles such as carpet snakes or bearded dragons. The Class 2 licence allows holders to own reptiles that are harder to care for or venomous and pose a risk to neighbours if they escape. A Sun-Herald Special Report Editor Scott Ellis, firstname.lastname@example.org Photo Editor Mags King Advertising Tina Musumeci (02) 9282 1003 Readerlink (02) 9282 1569 SPECIAL
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