Emergency plans give more attention to animals than children, research shows

In the shared bathrooms of a Mallacoota bushfire evacuation centre, Red Cross emergency services volunteer Pam Halnon found a mother struggling to sanitize baby bottles with cold tap water. Key points: Research suggests young children and their parents face “benign neglect” in emergency situations Studies show more information is available about caring for pets than … Read more

North-west Queensland ‘overwhelmed’ with undesexed dogs and cats as vets face uphill battle

On a fold-out plastic table in a remote community hall, Hannah Burton finishes desexing her 20th animal for the day. Key points: At least $50,000 has been spent on desexing dogs and cats in north-west Queensland over the past year Despite the efforts of vets and rescue groups, numbers of neglected or roaming pets continue … Read more

Gold Coast dog attack: Five-month-old pup in training at aged care home mauled to death by another dog

A heartbroken Queensland family is calling on their community for help after their new family pet was mauled to death in an off-leash dog area. Five-month-old Honey – a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – was living with the McDonald family on the Gold Coast while training to work at a local aged care facility. “She … Read more

17 cats killed after massive fire tears through pet hotel at Palms strip mall, LAFD says

PALMS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Seventeen cats were killed and a firefighter was transported to a hospital Saturday morning after a massive fire engulfed a strip mall in Palms that included an overnight boarding facility for pets, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Firefighters knocked down a “major emergency structure fire” at a row of … Read more

Coco the corgi’s beach photo shoot was Queen Elizabeth-approved, and TikTok loves it too

Brisbane woman Kim Martin and her son Aidan have always felt a connection to Queen Elizabeth due to their shared love of corgis. “I had corgis growing up and my son is also dog mad, so that’s how we got interested in the Queen’s corgis,” she told ABC. “It built a bond with this figurehead … Read more

Rabbits, guinea pigs go wild in Perth suburbs amid concerns numbers could get out of control

Abandoned rabbits and guinea pigs roaming free in some of Perth’s suburbs have been “breeding like rabbits” with the burden falling on volunteers to round them up before numbers get out of control. Key points: Dozens of domestic rabbits and guinea pigs have been rescued from Perth suburbs in recent weeks Volunteers say people are … Read more

Queensland snake catcher inundated by calls from ‘nervous’ interstate migrants

A Queensland snake catcher says interstate migration is leading to an increase in call-outs from nervous Victorians as warmer weather wakens amorous pythons. Key points: Snake catcher says one in three Gold Coast homes have a snake living in the roof Terrestrial snakes will become more active as ground temperatures increase Pet owners are being … Read more

Mystery as several dogs die after visiting Queensland beaches

Sunshine Coast pet owners have been put on high alert following a spate of mysterious dog deaths after visiting local beaches. The Sunshine Coast Council confirmed to 7NEWS.com.au that it had received reports from a local vet of at least five dogs experiencing symptoms of poisoning after visiting the Point Cartwright and Buddina area. 7NEWS … Read more

Fresh calls to change laws in Tasmania preventing pets in rentals amid housing crisis

Every day RSPCA Tasmania receives a call from someone who is homeless, or is about to be homeless, with their pet. Key points: Tasmania has historically low rental vacancies and only one in eight landlords pets allows The Tenants Union says years of lobbying for law reform has fallen on deaf ears The RSPCA says … Read more

Sydney woman left reeling after Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital gives her cat to the wrong owner – and goes missing

A Sydney woman has been left reeling after her beloved cat went missing after a Bondi vet clinic accidentally gave it to the wrong owner. Pet owner Katie Matthews revealed the distressing incident in a Facebook post on July 18, explaining that Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital had “lost” her cat, Tara, after an unfortunate turn … Read more