How to save a life.

Today at 12.30pm these animals are scheduled to be put to sleep at the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter. My sister Mrs. Ryan alerted me to this last night, and I didn’t sleep well, thinking about it.

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Right now the pounds are full, with people surrendering animals, and those who are completely heartless, dumping them in paddocks and on the sides of roads. That’s right, just driving around, pulling the car over and releasing their pet. For whatever reason. People who take on the responsibility of pet ownership and then failing to get them de-sexed, or neglecting their basic needs because it all just got too hard.

This was out first rescue cat, the gorgeous Wilson who was Horatio’s best mate growing up. Like literally, they were together day and night. He was due to be euthanised before it came to my attention. I marched in there and rescued him. Being an older boy, he was harder to re-home than a cute, playful kitten. He was our gentleman friend for years before he passed away peacefully.

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And then there was Eloise and Derelic-My-Balls, who the Divine Ms M saved from the needle somewhere out in the Hunter Valley while she was filming a story. I took on these little dudes and hand reared them until they were ready for their “forever” home, which happened to be with a teacher at the kids schools. They were awesome.

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So I suppose my message to you today is this. If you are considering getting an animal, please, please, PLEASE consider visiting your local shelter and get to know some souls who are on death row. It is the best way to do it. Trust me, puppies and kittens in pet shops will be sold. You don’t have to get an a year’s waiting list for some designer mongrel. Your future lifelong mate is out there already, waiting for you.

The staff at the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter, and the countless volunteers are in for a long sad day. I was up all night thinking about them and their charges. And this post can save even one of these dear lives, then I would consider it the only bright spot on an otherwise very dark day.

Please consider whether you in the position to be able save a life.

The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is located at 10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave NSW 2756.


Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 12.30pm and 
2.00pm – 4.30pm 
Saturday: 9.30am – 11.30am 
Sunday: 7.00am – 9.00am

Phone: (02) 4560 4644 / Fax: (02) 4577 6604

Email:[email protected]

Or visit the RSPCA here –

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