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RSPCA, Ballarat

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115a Gillies St South
Ballarat, VIC 3350

Tel: 03 5334 2...
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Customer Reviews for RSPCA (5 reviews)

 
60 Reviews
100% Trust
4 Compliments
6,165 Points
 (5/5)
7th August 2013 11:38 pm
i actually have never adopted a pet from here but have visited alot! all the pets are well taken care of and the staff seem to really care about all the animals. if looking for a pet i recommend coming here as you will be saving ones life which is priceless!

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26 Reviews
90% Trust
4 Compliments
225 Points
 (4/5)
11th December 2009 10:55 pm
We recently adopted a one year old cat from the shelter, and are so happy with her!

As we adopted her as an adult (over 4 months) she only cost $85. This is amazing value, as not only are we saving her life (priceless to us!) but the cost included desexing, microchipping, council registration, first vaccination and worming.

For about 1 month we visited the shelter looking for a pet and each time we did the staff were friendly and seemed to genuinely care for the animals. It was also great to see the turnover of animals that were being sold and not being put down. It makes me happy to have made a responsible choice (because of the compulsory desexing) for an animal in need :D

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Approx Cost:
$65 - $250
The Good:
saving animals lives + the cost of adoption is inclusive of expensive, necessary procedures
The Bad:
the animals you leave behind :(
 
5 Reviews
70% Trust
1 Compliments
205 Points
 (4/5)
28th April 2009 12:05 am
I have lived in Ballarat all my life and my first child hood pet came from the Ballarat Rspca, the shelter has changed & improved immensely since that 1st visit when i was 5 or 6! now 26 yrs later i have purchased both a adult cat & adult dog within the last 8 month's( about 4 month's between purchases).

The cat is an Angel and such a joy i can't imagine how at 5yrs old she came to be dumped!

The dog a small 18 month old terrier is a real character & has many undesirable habits to be unlearnt! (he was clearly badly abused by previous owners, sadly).

He contracted Kennel cough whilst in the pound but only displayed symptoms after coming home, this is a common illness that is an ongoing problem in all pounds, i rang the Rspca asap & was promptly sent to a lovely vet in Creswick rd who treated him & gave him a coarse of treatment, this was all covered by the RSPCA. The only thing i had to pay for was a coarse of medicine for my other elderly little dog, not costly & as a preventitive measure only.

At all times & visits I have found all staff & volunteers to be very helpful & nice, i dont at all envy their jobs as i find it heartbreaking everytime i go.

I agree that to a degree it is a business, but it is a much needed service in our community, it is difficult as they have only limited resources to work with & i understand all regional Rspca in Victoria. are governed by & dealt funding by Melbourne head office. So they often do it tougher than the big city Shelters.

I treasure the Pets I have now & have had in the past, its what they deserve. I wish everyone felt the same way, then perhaps these places would not need to euthanase so many dogs & cats every year.

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The Good:
Compasionate & helpful service, a pet that is desexed & vaccinated at less price than a pet shop puppy or kitten!
The Bad:
Which one to save?, sadness & guilt at the ones left behind.
 
557 Reviews
100% Trust
222 Compliments
49,735 Points
 (2/5)
20th April 2008 3:30 pm
We visited our local RSPCA to 'add a little hope' to the lives of some lonely animals. It is always difficult to leave knowing that a large percentage of our animal friends will not be rehoused, but euthanized. We have adopted numerous (furry) family members over the years and they have brought us much joy and happiness. It is heartbreaking to visit this place (especially in the winter months), as almost all of the cats contract 'Feline Respiratory Disease'. One needs to keep in mind that if you adopt a cat suffering from this disease, that it can infect any other cat you may already have at home (and the associated costs will be your to bear.)

One also must keep in mind that if it is discovered that your newly adopted pet has an underlying medical condition, the RSPCA will only offer euthanasia or a replacement/refund, instead of the necessary treatment. In this case you either have to say 'goodbye' to your 'newly adopted family member' or pay the associated medical expenses personally. There is however the option to have a blood test (at an additional cost), to rule out the possibility of the AIDS virus. We personally decided against this for two reasons. Firstly, there are many other medical conditions that this test wouldn't 'rule out' and secondly, we didn't want to offer our 'new friend' the 'hope' of a better life, only to have it euthanized after we had already become attached to each other.

Unfortunately, we discovered that our two newly adopted 'furry friends' were already in third stage renal failure, which cannot be cured. This has proven to be a very traumatic, heartbreaking and expensive situation for all of us. It was annoying that the vet didn't 'pick up on' the fact that one of the girls was deaf (which is a symptom of kidney failure).

Another issue to be mindful of relates to the mandatory microchipping. One of our 'furry friends' microchips worked its way down to the base of her spine, resulting in much pain/annoyance for her. Since this time, we have had three veterinary opinions, all concluding that surgery would be 'too dangerous' considering its specific location. We were informed by an RSPCA staff member that it is 'completely normal' for the chips to move around the body, but not necessarily to this extent. We were told that it is more likely to occur in younger animals, which wasn't the case with our adoption.

Regarding the staff, most are genuinely empathetic and friendly. In fact, we have only ever come accross one member of staff that should perhaps consider an alternative career, since she appears to have lost her compassion toward 'needy and traumatized' animals. I understand (from first hand experience) how difficult this job can be, and that one must distance one's-self emotionally (to some extent) to avoid the pain and harsh reality of the job. Having said that, it is vital to remain caring and connected, other wise it will work to everyone's determent.

It would be truely wonderful if responsible pet ownership could be taught and practised by our entire community, then places like these would not be needed. However, our laws (and personal attitude) toward animals would need to reflect this change in order for this to happen!

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Approx Cost:
$150-
The Good:
You have the opportunity to bring great joy and love into the lives of lonely, neglected and traumatized animals, even if you are not in a position to personally adopt!
The Bad:
The RSPCA are first and foremost a business! It is difficult to see animals who need treatment, but will not receive it unless they are rehoused.

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By eugeniaz1 - 100% Trust 19th June 2012 10:35 am

My experience of staff was no so good. I adopted a dog and two kittens but it was just like buying a bag of beans.

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13 Reviews
90% Trust
2 Compliments
205 Points
 (5/5)
3rd September 2007 2:26 pm
i oftern go there to visit the lonely dogs and cats. they are so cute and mostly friendly. the staff are really nice and seem to really care for them.

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Approx Cost:
130
The Good:
being able to visit
The Bad:
walking away :(
 

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