On Sunday 27 November 2016 the Ballarat Rotary Club held their annual Springfest - 6km of market stalls, food and activities catering to the whole family and encapsulating Ballarat's vibrant culture and diversity! Ballarat Animal Advocates Association, along with our friends from Coalition Against Duck Shooting, Animal Justice Party and Coalition Against Greyhound Racing, held a stall showcasing our current campaigns and offering useful information on a wide range of animal welfare issues.
The public were very supportive of our causes. Our wonderful volunteers helped to collect signatures for two of our current petitions: Ban Greyhound Racing and Ban Duck Shooting. Early on we also had the privilege of being greeted by a single musk duck - an uncommon sight at Lake Wendouree - who delighted us with his very unique dance and song before disappearing again.
We'd like to thank our fantastic members who volunteered their time to help run the stall as well as the friendly market-goers who stopped to have a chat and sign our petitions.
For more information on our current campaigns or to find out how you can support animals, please send your enquiry to email@example.com
Please join us for our November Monthly Meeting!
Date: Wed 16 November 2016
Time: 7pm (meeting to commence)
Location: Ballarat East Bowling Club
Feel free to come along earlier and join in on the pre-meeting catch up. If you are new to BAAA or would like to receive a copy of the meeting papers then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our members will respond.
See you there!
Golden Oldies Animal Rescue is appealing to the Ballarat community to donate paddling pools to help its dogs survive the warmer temperatures as spring arrives.
The Ballarat rescue focuses on saving senior dogs and cats. For Golden Oldies’ aging residents, paddling pools help to provide much needed relief from the heat for the upcoming summer months.
“The summers can be deadly for us,” says Gina Fallon, the rescue’s founder and chairperson. “Sourcing enough paddling pools for summer is certainly a big focus for us now that it’s spring.”
With summer 2016 being the third warmest on record for Victoria, Ms Fallon wants to help her foster carers ensure all their dogs are comfortable for another potentially warm spring and hot summer.
For Ms Fallon, it’s important to ensure all her “special little heartbeats” do not suffer in the heat, especially with many nearing the end of their lives.
“Every precious heartbeat deserves the best we can give them,” says Ms Fallon. “When they arrive at Golden Oldies, their lives begin again.”
The Victorian summer presents numerous challenges for pets. The hot weather means heat stress can develop extremely quickly. It is important for pet owners to read weather forecasts in advance and provide plenty of clean, cool water.
While Golden Oldies welcomes donations of either new or second hand paddling pools, the plastic clam shell pools are best for durability when it comes to the dogs’ playing in the pools.
“We are hoping to receive around 20 paddling pools,” says Tracy Wicks, head of the Ballarat branch of the rescue. “Between our foster carers, we can have up to 20 dogs at any one time, so one pool per dog would be ideal.”
If you would like to help by donating a paddling pool, please drop off at any time to Golden Oldies Animal Rescue – c/o Tracy Wicks, 16 Mitchell Rd, Ross Creek VIC 3351.
Further information on the rescue can be found at http://www.goldenoldiesanimalrescue.com.au/ or by calling 0412 362 066.
Who we are: A Facebook group of like-minded, fun-loving vegans (or curious non-vegans) located in the Ballarat area, who enjoy the combination of food and socialising!
What we do: We host monthly catch ups where we all get together for a meal at a vegan-friendly local restaurant or cafe. We also hope to raise a bit of money to donate to local animal charities.
How to get involved: You can find us on Facebook under "Vegan Catch Ups - Ballarat". Everyone is welcome - we only ask that you bring along your sense of fun and a willingness to enjoy some tasty vegan food!
What to expect: A friendly, welcoming, and diverse group of individuals, and amazing, local vegan eats! Below are just some of the delicious meals we enjoyed at our last catch up, which was a breakfast held at The Unicorn Cafe on Sturt Street.