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October 24, 2021

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COVID update: two new cases in Lismore and fragments in Byron’s STP

The Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, today say that two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for the District to 8pm, 23 October.

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COVID update: two new cases in Lismore and fragments in Byron’s STP

The Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, today say that two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for the District to 8pm, 23 October.

The Great Reopening

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STP inches closer

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Stranded local artist shares stories from India

Vrinda Gleeson prepared for her new exhibition in a small London bedsit where she is living until she can return to her Northern Rivers home.

Nothing says family like an all-in portrait with David, Kiki, Kim, Koda, Jordan, Bec and Zane.

Gracie and Lily

Pets are loving the pandemic. Having their pet humans at home all the time is a lifestyle they are enjoying, and it’s a symbiotic plus for all earthlings concerned – but, not all pets or humans have it so good.

President Pets For Life Animal Shelter Billinudgel Jean Conway, says that one of the most heartless requirements by accommodation providers in this country forces people to abandon their pets. ‘Grown men, women and children often weep as they surrender their dog or cat to the pound or animal shelter.

Starr and Gaye

‘Seniors needing to move into care facilities are cruelly deprived of their long-term companions. Young people too, seeking rental accommodation, are told to get rid of their dog or cat. It can be a soul-destroying decision with resultant grief, anger, depression & sometimes causing illness like a stroke or heart attack.’

Random and David

Ms Conway says a turn around of this antiquated and cruel edict would save a great deal of money for the Government’s health budget. ‘One study found that Australian ownership of cats and dogs saved approximately $3.86 billion in medical expenditure over one year.

‘Pets lift our spirits and help us relax. Our cardiovascular health can increase, our blood pressure lowered. We can enjoy more physical and social activity. Youngsters growing up with a pet may strengthen their immune system and reduce the risk of allergies.

Ms Conway says that research reveals that a child who owns a pet receives psychological benefits. ‘Pets provided a distraction (if needed), facilitated daily routine and exercise and offered unconditional love.

Rachel, Nero, Wally and Andrew

‘A study of school children showed that those with a pet are more gregarious and empathetic and often have higher self-esteem. Teenagers with a pet companion have a more positive outlook on life and report less loneliness, restlessness, despair and boredom. Pet owners report less depression and appear to cope with grief, stress and loss better than non-pet owners.

Shantih and Troy

Ms Conway says that pets can be extraordinary caregivers. ‘Intuitively they know if we’re sick or feeling down and offer company. We can seem safe while home alone and they keep an eye on the house when we’re out. Australian Companion Animal Council (ACAC) scientists say that the health benefits of a companion dog are most significant for those who live alone.

Layla and Anke

In family violence situations, beloved pets that are part of a household can also be vulnerable to maltreatment by the perpetrator. Abuse of the family pet can have a profoundly traumatic effect, especially on children. ‘Pet ownership could be an issue when a person wants to leave the family space because of abuse – finding alternative accommodation may prove difficult.

In most of Europe, dogs and cats live in rented apartments with their human companions. Parisian dogs accompany their humans to restaurants. Many hotels in Europe allow animals to stay. No one is made toxic or ill by this contact with companion animals.

In Victoria new laws on pets and renting came into effect on 2 March 2020. Tenants must now request their landlord’s consent to bring a new pet into the property and landlords must not unreasonably refuse. A landlord can only refuse a pet request if the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) orders that it is reasonable to do so.

Mungo, Ruben and Tex

A property owner not prejudiced against animals would welcome seeing council registration, vaccination, microchip and desexing certificates. The prospective tenant would present as a law-abiding and responsible person worthy of tenancy consideration.

It’s something to think about.

If you’d like to adopt a cat, you can see the fur family Jean is currently trying to find homes for at: https://www.petsforlifeanimalshelter.net/

Margaret and Leo

 

Zoe and Baby

 

Billy and Mop

 

Aslan and Lush

 

Another of Anke and Layla – this dog is way cute.

 

David and Charlie

 

Ina and Meg

 

Mardi and Fred

Mac is watching and Murphy is being ever so helpful with Terry. ‘They hate having to sit away from us while we do our 20 min daily stretch. Murphy would lick my face the whole time so he waits and helps with the heavy lifting’.

Ruben and his chin rest, Mungo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eve and China

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. It is very sad that during this time, while we are supporting each other – people and pets – some walkways get restrictions for dogs. I am talking about the Tallows walk popping up with signs that dogs have to be on a leash. There has not been a problem. While some dogs are on a lead because they need it, others have enjoyed the freedom of being unrestricted. Everyone felt good about it. Except for those that felt we need some more Nanny-state restrictions and rules to kerb self-mangement. It is a pity and causes a lot of grief.

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