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Winning stories turned into Furry Tales picture book to help cats in need

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria has released its first ever illustrated children’s book, featuring the two winning stories from a nation-wide competition, The Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition, it ran last year.

The Furry Tales Children’s Picture Book features two stories; The Very Best of Friends by Sue Moossajee, and A Cat’s Story by Adelaide Hogan, and proceeds from its sale will help the Society continue its work in caring for and rehoming cats and kittens in need.


Adelaide, aged eleven, took out the junior category of the competition, for her heart-warming story based on a cat that lives in her neighbourhood. 

Told from the perspective of Coco, a young street-cat, the reader follows the challenges Coco faces as she transitions from street-cat to shelter cat, to the beloved companion of a young woman. Seeing her picture book come to life is all the more special to Adelaide because she has dyslexia.

Taking out the Open Age Category for her deeply moving story ‘The Very Best of Friends’ was Sue Moossajee, a primary-school teacher from Preston in Victoria. 

Based on a true story, ‘The Very Best of Friends’ tells the incredibly touching story of losing a beloved family feline, and then unexpectedly finding love and connection once again through animal rescue.

The two stories have now been turned into a beautifully illustrated children’s book.

A Cat’s Story has been illustrated by Leah Lux Tame, an artist, photographer, educator, and cat mum. The Very Best of Friends has been illustrated by Olivia Iacono, a freelance illustrator, Graphic Designer and Artist with over ten years experience working in the corporate sector, and with a passion for bespoke illustrations.

The stories are the result of a writing competition the Society ran last year, inviting cat lovers of all ages to submit original stories that would help educate the community on responsible cat ownership or raise the profile of cats as companion pets.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed with the response to our Furry Tales Children’s Story Competition,” says Rachel Bitzilis, Communications and Marketing Manager of the Cat Protection Society of Victoria. 

“The stories made us laugh, cry and fall even more in love with our furry feline friends, so we couldn’t be more excited to release our first picture book to celebrate the importance of responsible cat ownership.”

Price & Where to Buy:

The Furry Tales Children’s Picture Book, featuring the two stories, is available now for $29.95 from www.catprotection.com.au/product/furrytales or from the Society’s Retail Shop, located at 200 Elder Street, Greensborough.

About the Cat Protection Society of Victoria

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria is a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation committed to working with the community to ensure that every cat has the opportunity for a loving, safe and healthy home. With an adoption shelter, a feline dedicated veterinary clinic, retail shop and café, the Society relies entirely on the kindness of donations, legacies and memberships for its day-to-day existence and to ensure they can provide the highest levels of care to cats in need. Visit www.catprotection.com.au

MEDIA RELEASE, 28th June 2022

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Furry Tales Children's Story Competition 2021

Did you know you can dispose of unwanted veterinary medicines responsibly? 

When it comes to discarding unused, unwanted or expired medicines, Australia is a nation of hoarders, according to a study from Griffith University.

The 2018 study “You don’t throw these things out: an exploration of medicines retention and disposal practices in Australian homes” concluded that many households don’t properly store or dispose of old medicines. 

Old and forgotten medicines are routinely kept in multiple locations around households. This creates risks for accidental ingestion by children and pets or decreased efficacy.

The same is true for veterinary medicines, says Animal Medicines Australia, the peak body for Australia’s animal health companies. Its premier pet report, Pets in Australia: a national survey of pets & people established Australia is a nation of pet lovers with 69% of households living with at least one pet.

Launching the Vet-Med Disposal Campaign to help veterinarians, farmers and pet owners dispose of medicines safely, AMA’s Executive Director Ben Stapley says greater consumer awareness of the risks of keeping expired medicines on the farm or at home is needed.

“Disposing of old, expired and unused medicines responsibly, whether for your human or animal family members, is essential to safeguarding your health and to protect the environment,” says Mr Stapley.

“There are several easy ways pet owners and farmers can safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted and old medicines.

“The Return Unwanted Medicines Project (the RUM Project) provides an easy, free avenue to clean out your kitchen, pantry and bathroom drawers,” says Mr Stapley.

“Firstly, read the labels on all those unused medicines and consider if your pet still needs them. Check the expiry date then place all unneeded meds in a bag or container for safe transport and return them to your local pharmacy, where your pharmacist will put them in a secure bin for disposal.”

Farmers looking to safely dispose of vet meds also have convenient disposal options at hand.



“Farmers tend to have larger quantities of vet meds to dispose of because of the size and number of their animals. Leftover medicines in one litre containers or less, can be disposed of at participating pharmacies in Australia through the RUM Project.

“Larger quantities in containers holding one litre or more may be eligible for Agsafe’s ClemClear® program, which is also free for products carrying the drumMUSTER logo.”

“As with human medicines, keeping expired vet meds in the home or on-farm for possible DIY diagnosis at a later date is never a good idea,” says Mr. Stapley.


“Self-diagnosing your pet, unless you are a trained veterinarian, can delay vital medical treatment your pet may need.”
“Similarly, using expired animal medicines may be ineffectual or even dangerous so if you have a sick animal, always consult your vet.”
And when it comes to those old veterinary medicines lying about the place, a good rule of thumb is if in doubt, dispose of it responsibly.”

For more information and to check eligibility criteria, go to animalmedicines.org.au,
www.chemclear.org.auwww.returnmed.com.au or talk to your local pharmacist.

MEDIA RELEASE, 22nd June 2022




Win 1 of 3 AniPal Cat Harness & Lead bundles in your favourite design!

Known for its eco-friendly dog accessories and treats, AniPal now offers recycled plastic cat harnesses, leads and collars, designed to celebrate Australian threatened species.


Those behind the AniPal brand had enough of seeing wildlife with preventable morbidities caused by plastic and pollution. So they decided they needed to help put an end to it!

To date, AniPal have recycled over 250,000 post-consumer plastic bottles into pet products
with proceeds from their sales going to a variety of threatened species projects AniPal runs, as well as those of their partners WWF Australia and RSPCA Victoria.

All these stunning feline accessories are made from recycled plastic bottles
, brass hardware and breakaway safety buckles.




Key features of AniPal's Threatened Species range:

✔️ Founded by Australian Vet Stephanie Stubbe

✔️ Tried & tested breakaway safety buckle paired with a bell to allow our feline friends to safely escape under load

 ✔️ Harness & lead made from durable, snag proof recycled PET webbing

✔️ Eco-friendly product made from 8 recycled plastic bottles

✔️ 3 stunning designs all celebrating Australian wildlife:







✔️ Designed for a lifetime of use

✔️ Every sale supports wildlife protection

Whether you're only walking your cat in your own backyard or venturing further afield for bigger adventures, there are three gorgeous options to keep both cats and the local wildlife (birds, lizards etc.) safe!

*** Win 1 of 3 AniPal Cat Harness & Lead Combo ***
Total Prize Pool: $135.00 (includes Free Shipping)

Follow AniPal on Instagram @anipalco or click here to visit their Facebook page.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Like our post (16/06/2022) AND our Facebook page or Instagram page

2. Like AniPal on Facebook and/or Instagram

3. Comment "which AniPal design would you love to win for your cat & why?" via the Australian Cat Lover Facebook page or the Australian Cat Lover Instagram page by Thursday 30th June 2022 (11:59pm A.E.S.T.).

Please note the Prize Sizing:

XS Harness: Neck 16.5-23cm, Chest 19.8-30cm Leash: 10mm*170cm Linking strap: 8cm or

S Harness: Neck 25-31cm, Chest 24-40cm Leash: 10mm*170cm Linking strap: 9cm


TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. This Competition will open on Thursday 16th June 2022 (3pm) and will close on Thursday 30th June 2022 (11:59pm AEST)
Open to Australian residents only.
Please allow 2 weeks for your prize to be received (sent by the company directly).
2. To Enter, Like our post (16/06/2022) + Comment ""which AniPal design would you love to win for your cat & why?"  via the Australian Cat Lover Facebook page or the Australian Cat Lover Instagram page. 
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Cat Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Please note you MUST LIKE BOTH accounts to be eligible for a prize.
5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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Virtual Online Future Vet Kids Camp set to go viral during the winter school holidays! 

Australia’s favourite veterinary-inspired school holiday program Future Vet Kids Camp is set to go viral with its Virtual Online Vet Camp during the winter school holidays, giving kids in Australia and around the world a pawsome animal experience!

Having started in Sydney about 12 years ago, the 5-day program is designed and run by veterinarians and led by vet twin sisters Drs Audrey and Alison Shen from the Bondi Vet TV show and Aussie Mobile Vet.

The program caters to kids aged 9 to 16 years and encourages responsible pet ownership, the profession of veterinary medicine and a love and appreciation of all animals and their habitats.

The 
Virtual Online Vet Camp (26 June – 8 July) will run concurrently to the face-to-face camp in Brisbane QLD (27 June – 1 July and 4 – 8 July 2022) with the ability for aspiring young vets to join the classroom virtually from anywhere around the world, and participate with questions in real time.

“The course walks the campers through virtual tours of veterinary hospitals, specialist centres, zoos and reptile parks, as well as interviews with some of the most exciting animal professionals who have dedicated their career to animals,” said Dr Audrey.

Dr Alison said the camp showcases all the opportunities available as vets and other wonderful professions in the animal industry.
“Campers will learn about genetic diseases, pet nutrition, dog behaviour and enrichment, exotic animals, surgery, animal rescue, wildlife conservation and much more!” she said.
The twin vets can’t wait to introduce campers to their outstanding Aussie presenters from surgical vets to wildlife and exotic vets, animal rescue groups, veterinary specialists, snake catchers, mobile vets and more!

Scholarships are available!

Future Vet Kids Camp
 is generously offering to fund the registration fees for two face-to-face campers and two Virtual Online Vet campers

Face-to-face camp is valued at $595 and Virtual Online Vet Camp is valued at $240. 

The deadline is Friday 17th June, 2022

To apply, please visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com/scholarship

Joining from South Africa

Thirteen-year-old ‘vet wanna be’ Aydin van Staden didn’t let the eight hours time difference in South Africa stop her from joining Future Vet Kids Camp’s Virtual Online Vet Camp in January.


“My entire sleep schedule changed during the camp as I went to bed earlier and woke up earlier, but I enjoyed the experience. I learned so much and still have a full book of notes,” she said.

“I particularly enjoyed baking dog biscuits and learning about the breeds and behaviours. In fact, I used the knowledge I gained from camp to help some of my friends decide which dogs would better suit them.
I also taught my friends the importance of neutering their animals and what it involves in caring for a dog with certain diseases, including the growing vet bills over time.”
Joining from New Zealand

Lucia Stewart, 11, was so impressed with the Virtual Online Vet Camp she attended from her home in New Zealand during Covid lockdown in 2020 that she booked a spot at the upcoming face-to-face camp in Brisbane!

She also looks forward to meeting a friend she made in the Virtual Online Vet Camp, who also shares a love for birds and other animals.
“The online program was a great opportunity for myself and other children who couldn’t get to a camp due to lockdowns. It was great fun and gave me something I could do that I was interested in,” she said.
Lucia has a number of pets, including many parrots – such as Cleo her Alexandrian parrot – and all sorts of rescue birds that have inspired her to work with animals someday.

“I have always wanted to become a vet. When I was little, I used to play vets with my soft toys and bandage them up, caring for them in hospital beds that I made from cardboard boxes and tea towels. It would be a dream come true if can become a real vet one day,” she said.


Lucia’s mum Megan said the Virtual Online Vet Camp also showed her daughter many different areas and careers (in veterinary medicine) that people can have working with animals and that it’s not just limited to becoming a vet.

She added, “Future Vet Kids Camp provided not only enjoyment and excitement (during lockdown), but also hope for children that one day they would still be able to work with animals when the pandemic was over.”


Winter 2022 Brisbane Camp Registration Open Now!

Virtual Online Vet Camp:  26 June – 8 July 2022

Cost: $240. Browse the Schedule

Face-to-face Brisbane Camp:  

When: 27 June – 1 July and 4 – 8 July, 2022, from 9:00am – 3:30pm

Where: Holy Family Primary School, Indooroopilly QLD and Virtual Online Vet Camp
 
Cost: $595.00. Browse the Schedule

For more information and to register, please visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com/camps

About Future Vet Kids Camp

Future Vet Kids Camp offers a safe, comfortable environment that explores and nurtures the human animal bond all under the supervision of highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors and specialised animal handlers. 

The goals are to promote responsible pet ownership, the profession of veterinary medicine and to encourage the children to love and appreciate animals of all kinds. The camp has more than 55 partners that offer years of specialised animal experience and professionalism that contributes greatly to the programming. 

Future Vet Kids Camp currently runs in Sydney and Brisbane, and via Virtual Online Vet Camp. Programming is split into three separate age groups running simultaneously each week: Wombats (ages 9-11), Kookaburras (ages 12-14) and the Junior Vet program (ages 14-16). 

To discover more, visit www.futurevetkidscamp.com

MEDIA RELEASE, 6th June 2022


The first winter our cat Arya joined our pack, we were reminded of just how much cats love napping in a warm spot, whether it be that single beam of sunshine or a hot water bottle left in the bed overnight. 

It seems you can never have too many heat sources when you have a cat (or a dog) and we often find all ours curled up on our bed or the couch night or day during the colder months and they enjoy a blanket thrown in for good measure!

If you have a young kitten / puppy, a hairless cat or an elderly cat or one suffering from a chronic condition like arthritis, it's even more essential to keep them warm and comfortable throughout those colder months.

A fantastic option is to provide them with their own heated pad like the Original Pet-Mat™ which uses the latest in Positive Temperature Coefficient Technology.

The 
Pet-Mat™ is designed to reach a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius whether it is covered or not. In reality, a more practical heat rise of 20-30 degrees Celsius is usually maintained above ambient conditions. 

Since the Pet-Mat™ works on dynamic heat transfer, it should maintain a temperature slightly warm to the touch until body contact is made. It requires very little power to operate which further reduces our carbon footprint, making this device an eco-friendly pet heating option.

It is simply impossible for it to ever overheat ensuring a consistently comfortable and safe use for your cat, even if left on 24/7. 
If you need to clean your Pet-Mat™, simply wash it under running water or just wipe it off with a damp cloth.



*** Win 1 of 2 Pet-Mat™ Heated Animal Pads ***
(Total Prize Value: $219.00 - 2 Medium sizes)


HOW TO ENTER IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3:

1) Like our post (30/05/2022) AND our Facebook page or Instagram account.
2) Like Pet-Mat on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PetMatAu/ or on Instagram @petmat_au
3) Comment "how does your kitty try to keep warm in winter?" (photo / video entries encouraged) via the Australian Cat Lover Facebook page or you can tag* us in your post on Instagram.
* Just remember that your Account must be set to public

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. This Competition opened on Tuesday 31st May 2022 (8:00am) and closed on Thursday 9th June 2022 (11:59pm, AEST). Open to Australian residents only.
Congratulations to our winners: B. Bee & T. Todd via our Facebook entries.
Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your prize from the company directly.
2. To Enter, Like our post (31/05/22) + Tell us "how does your kitty try to keep warm in winter?" (photos/videos welcome) via the Australian Cat Lover Facebook page or Instagram account.
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Cat Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Please note you MUST LIKE BOTH our Facebook page and the Pet-Mat:Heated Animal Pads page to be eligible for a prize.

5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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Win 1 of 2 Pet-mat Heated Pads for Dogs for Winter 2022

The Original Pet-mat™ is also great for puppies and senior dogs suffering from arthritis




The Cat Protection of Victoria seeks the purrfect applicant to fill the world's greatest job


To celebrate National Volunteers Week (16 – 23 May 2022) the Cat Protection Society of Victoria (CPSV) are on the lookout for a kitty lover with a penchant for cat cuddles to join their team in arguably the world’s greatest job. 

The role of official ‘Cat Cuddler’ at the Society is a volunteer position responsible for providing love, affection and enrichment to the cats and kittens in the Shelter’s care awaiting adoption into their fur-ever home.

Acting Shelter Manager, Alison Thompson, said the role was a special one which will make their resident cats ultimately feel welcomed and comfortable.

“The Cat Cuddler plays an essential role within our Adoption Shelter, taking on the role of making sure that the cats and kittens in our care feel safe and loved and are socialised and well prepared to be adopted to live their happily fur-ever after,” she said.

“The successful candidate will fill a three month volunteer role and the job will require them to visit our Adoption Shelter a minimum of three hours, one day per week (on a weekday) during our normal Adoption Shelter operating hours,” Ms Thompson said.



Applications for the role are now open and will close Friday 4 June

To apply, applicants must submit a short video or provide copy that answers why they should be the official CPSV Cat Cuddler and complete an online application form which can be found at www.catprotection.com.au

The successful applicant will join an army of approximately forty volunteers who tirelessly help the Society predominately supporting the work of the adoption shelter team.

Anne Norgate has been visiting the Shelter for 10 years providing countless cuddles to hundreds of cats and kittens awaiting their forever homes and recently earned the very well deserved title of an official volunteer.
“Coming to the Cat Protection Society is an integral part of my routine and I miss it if I can’t go. My weekly visit is the most meaningful part of my week,” Anne said.
“I enjoy being with the cats, and I also enjoy the social contact with staff and visitors. It is my favourite day of the week,” she said.

Just like the love Anne has given to the kitties they have returned this tenfold by providing her with support to help her in her recovery journey following a transport accident in which she sustained serious injuries. Ultimately it was Anne’s passion for cats that opened the door to her weekly visits and recovery.

“We couldn’t do our work without our amazing volunteers who generously support us in a wide range of ways to ultimately support the cats in our care. We can’t wait to have another special volunteer join us who will be solely responsible for one thing; cuddles,” Ms Thompson said.

To find out more about the CPSV’s volunteer program, please visit www.catprotection.com.au/support-us/volunteer/


MEDIA RELEASE, 10th May 2022

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