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Nine people, nine pet puppies rescued from burning home in NSW

Emergency services have rescued nine people, including five children under the age of five, and nine puppies from a burning house in Sydney’s west.

Police say they were patrolling St Marys at around 6.45pm when they noticed flames shooting out of a home on Nancy Street.

Officers raced to the scene and assisted to rescue nine people and nine pet puppies from the burning building while multiple Fire and Rescue crews worked to contain and extinguish the inferno.

A fire fighter was injured and taken to Nepean Hospital in a stable condition.

All nine occupants and nine animals were rescued without injury.

A crime scene has been established and investigations into the cause of the fire are under way.

AWLQ slashes pet adoption prices in lead up to Christmas

A pet for Christmas really is the greatest gift of all.

So AWLQ is encouraging families to adopt a shelter pet this festive season by slashing their adoption prices this weekend to $37 for dogs and $27 for cats.

In a bid to entirely empty their Rehoming Centres, AWLQ hope to find homes for over 200 animals in just two days.

AWLQ spokesperson Zoe Hermans says the annual event ‘Project Empty Shelter’ will find homes for over 200 animals in two days.

“Last year’s event was huge with 256 animals finding new homes during the sale. This year we hope to surpass that number and rehome 100% of the animals that are currently available for adoption,” says Ms Hermans.

Ms Hermans says that people should not be concerned about the promotion encouraging impulse adopters or people buying pets as Christmas gifts. In fact she claims that, contrary to popular belief, Christmas is the perfect time to adopt a pet.

“Getting a pet for Christmas is the greatest gift of all – for both the human and the animal,” says Ms Hermans.

“Traditionally we have been taught that purchasing a pet at Christmas time is bad thing, but research from both here and overseas has proven that the pets-as-presents ‘problem’ is actually a bit of a myth.”

“Yes, our shelters are at capacity right now and it is likely to get worse after Christmas, but the reasons for that are not as simple as an influx of ‘unwanted Christmas presents.,” says Ms Hermans.

“It is a combination of many different factors that occur this time of year, such as breeding season, thunder storms, fireworks and owners taking holidays, which lead to an increase in stray and abandoned animals – it has very little to do with actual Christmas.”

AWLQ has seen 20,000 animals through their doors this year – a record number for the grassroots animal charity, which relies on community donations to fund their Gold Coast shelter’s rehoming program.

“We are desperate to get all these animals into homes before the post-Christmas influx arrives,” says Ms Hermans.

“All our animals for adoption are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and health checked, which means getting a dog for $37 or cat for $27 is a bargain!”

For more information, or to adopt a pet visit  www.awlqld.com.au/ or pop into the shelter at Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216

Miley Cyrus helps ex Liam Hemsworth adopt a dog

Despite breaking off their engagement in 2013, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have remained good friends.

So much so that over the weekend, the controversial singer helped the Hunger Games star adopt a puppy from Wylder’s Holistic Pet Center and Rescue.

Cyrus is a big supporter of the organisation and after seeing the adorable pooch, thought it would be a perfect fit for Hemsworth.

A representative from Wylder’s told Us Weekly Cyrus sent Hemsworth photos of the pup while he was overseas. “Liam got back from China and literally came right to Wylder’s to take the dog home. The dog is super gentle and sweet and took right to Liam, despite being afraid of men in the past,” the rep said.

Hemsworth is reportedly smitten with his new pup, and named the dog Dora after Dora the Explorer.

Miley also found her own new pooch to love this past weekend, Yogi!

This chewing gum ingredient could kill your dog

Dog owners are being warned to keep sugarless gum products out of reach of their pets, after a sweetener used in some brands has been found to be deadly to dogs.

Tonia Cox’s dog, Murphy Jo, almost died after the labradoodle accidentally ingested about 20 pieces of sugarless gum. The US woman rushed the dog, who had began vomiting and was lethargic, to the vet and was shocked to learn her pet was suffering liver failure.

Luckily Murphy Jo survived, but many other dogs haven’t been so lucky.

Vets believe the sweetner Xylitol is the problem, and although it is safe for human consumption, it can cause severe low blood sugar, seizures and liver failure in dogs.

Sugar-free gum is the biggest culprit, but it is also used in some sugar-free candies, chewable vitamins, even some baked goods and peanut butter.

Gold Coast pet foster carers needed urgently

Animal Welfare League Queensland has issued a call out for locals to become pet foster carers this summer.

With up to six litters of kittens and puppies arriving on their doorstep each day, AWLQ are urging Gold Coasters to add a new member to their family – even if it just a for a short time.

“Breeding season is in full swing and undesexed animals are roaming, getting pregnant and then turning up in pounds all over South East Queensland. Because they are not getting reclaimed by their owners, these pregnant animals are being turned over to us,” says AWLQ representative Zoe Hermans.

Adding to the strain on the animal charity is the constant stream of ‘surrendered’ pregnant pets and underage litters.

“Between the strays coming via the pounds we work with, and the privately surrendered animals, we are currently taking in up to six litters of kittens and puppies a day – often more,” Says Ms Hermans.

“Then there are the sick and injured animals that come to us that also need time in care. Resources are stretched across all five of AWLQ’s shelters because none of these animals are able to be rehomed straight away.

“When a pregnant dog or cat arrives at our shelter, it will be at least three months before it and its’ litter can be rehomed,” Says Ms Hermans.

“Because of the sheer amount of pregnant and nursing mums arriving right now, the system of incoming and outgoing animals has become completely clogged up. We desperately need the help of Foster Carers to ease the strain.”

Those interested in becoming Foster Carer for AWLQ can find more information on the organisation’s website – awlqld.com.au