THE report "Record for RSPCA adoptions" (Herald 10/1) gives more cause for concern than for celebration. I believe that rehoming 40 animals on a "record" weekend is an inadequate result when there were 1200 animals dumped at the RSPCA shelter over Christmas/New Year. What happened to the others?
Why does the RSPCA actively pursue council contracts to increase the number of animals "dumped" in its shelter (such as last year's takeover of the Cessnock Council contract), when it has no chance of saving them? In the process, the RSPCA shuts out the community rescue groups that routinely achieve great results with limited resources and a small band of dedicated volunteers.
The Facebook page of Dog Rescue Newcastle [co-founder Anne Ward is pictured above] lists 13 adoptions last week for dogs alone, and Hunter Animal Rescue's Facebook lists other adoptions - all achieved without the promotional might of the RSPCA.
Geoff Davidson, Ourimbah