Paws for a good cause
SHE sits, drops, high-fives and fetches - all while grinning and flopping her ears.
But Bindi, working kelpie and lead dog at the Coffs Harbour RSPCA, isn't everyone's idea of a good time.
"Cattle dogs are high energy and need boundaries," Coffs Harbour RSPCA manager Sue Merrick said.
The reality of caring for pets is one sadly underestimated by many people who think they'd love a pet, she said.
"We're busy at this point, we've just had school holidays.
"People get rid of their animals over the holidays - our kennels are almost completely full."
Sue's message is an easy one to remember - don't get an animal unless you can keep it for life.
"A lot of the dogs than come to us are good dogs - but they've never been socialised, never been trained," Sue said.
"People come in at their wit's end - one on one training has saved lots of relationships, it's amazing how quickly issues are resolved."
RSPCA's annual Million Paws Walk, on May 20, is an opportunity for pet owners to get together, swap stories, and raise funds.
"People can register online, or come down to the RSPCA, Dowsett Drive, to register from 9am on the day," Sue said.
"We'll all go on a light saunter at 10am, and then we're holding the novelty dog show, with prizes for Waggiest Tale and Most Doubtful Parentage, among others."
"It'll be fantastic to see this place filled with well-loved dogs, big and small."
For more information check out rspcansw.org.au or call 6651 3311.