The Centralian advocate Fri 15 Jul 2011
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18 Centralian Advocate, Friday, July 15, 2011 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K ABOVE: Bush-stone Curlew... lost from Alice Springs due to peoples cats and dogs Keep your pets safe from carpet pythons, known to eat cats and small dogs Keep your pets safe LAND for Wildlife has received a few inquiries lately from people wanting to protect their pets from feral dogs and cats. The simplest solution is to take steps to keep your pets on your property, but sometimes this is easier said than done. There are training regimes you can undertake to modify your pets behaviour, but these measures only go so far. When some animals come into season, they will be compelled to wander. The most practical solution you are left with is quality fencing. This has numerous benefits. While keeping feral animals out, a good fence also keeps your cat or dog in and limits the impact your pet might have on local wildlife. So this has positive outcomes for native animals and pets alike. Fencing your yard need not mean having your property bound up like Fort Knox either. Fencing options run the full spectrum from simple strand stock fences all the way up to sophisticated feral control fencing as may be seen at Alice Springs Desert Park and other wildlife sanctuaries. If complete fencing is not to your taste, there are many ways of building cat or dog enclosures where pets can reside at night or during times when they will be unsupervised. There are already some great examples of these type of enclosures in Alice Springs which can be viewed on the Land for Wildlife website, lowecol.com.au. For information about fencing options, including some rough costings and designs, there is a great fact-sheet on the biodiversity website at; e n v i r o n m e n t . g o v . a u /biodiversity/invasive/publications /pubs/catalogue.pdf If possible, you should avoid fencing that incorporates barbed wire as this can harm birds and bats which might fly through your property. Other than this, fencing can be an excellent solution for property owners in Alice Springs who have trouble with wild dogs and cats around their land. Land for Wildlife would love to hear about your fencing solutions. Feel free to contact us about free Land for Wildlife registration for your property, or any other questions related to voluntary conservation on private and public lands. You can email the coordinators on firstname.lastname@example.org and check our blog for all the latest news at: www.landforwildlifealice springs.blogspot.com P E T T A L E S Irresistible life-long friends Rosie E m e ra ld D a zz le K a rl i PEOPLE have rushed the RSPCA staff off their feet by going to the shelter looking for pets. RSPCA vice president Megan Thompson said: We have had so many adoptions as a result of the large, amazing pet tales articles in the Centralian Advocate. We still have plenty more looking for home and the fireworks night increased our numbers hugely. Still at the RSPCA Shelter and waiting for someone to take them into their home are: Emerald, with the captivating eyes, is 12 months old and gave birth to a litter at the shelter. She and some of her kittens are looking for a home to call their own. Karli is a white torti 12-month-old female who is desexed and exceptionally friendly. She gets on very well with other cats and humans. Although it appears like a sore under her eye it is not, it is simply colouring in her fur. Dogs of the Week: Rosie, a beautiful female terrier-cross, is a small 12-monthold dog. She is happy, friendly and gets on well with other dogs. Dazzle Just look at that face. She is looking for a loving home can you help? Dazzle is a mixed breed large dog, most probably a cattle dog-cross that walks well on a lead and can sit. If youre looking for a pet for life, the RSPCA Alice Springs Inc Shelter on Len Kittle Road has plenty of cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits to choose from. All they want is a loving home. Can you give one of these animals the chance they deserve? Ask the RSPCA if you have any queries. The adoption fee is $320. All dogs are desexed and vaccinated. RSPCA also needs donations of cash, blankets, food and time. NEWS 2 2 0 2 0 5 / 1 2 a s