Kelpie Brown and RSPCA teach kids about pet care
Students from South Kalgoorlie Primary School got a crash course in animal welfare yesterday after a visit from RSPCA inspectors who spoke to the children about the importance of respecting fauna.
RSPCA Goldfields general inspector Fiona Brown and RSPCA Perth deputy chief inspector Sharon Morgan visited the school, along with 10-year-old Kelpie Brown, speaking to classes about how to care for pets properly, the difference between pets and wildlife and how to recognise dogs’ different emotions.
Students learnt owning a pet was a privilege and the RSPCA were “the police for animals”, making sure no animals were mistreated or in any pain.
Students were eager to ask questions throughout the presentation and talk about their own pets, before they got a demonstration from Brown on how keen a canine’s sense of smell was.
Students were asked to hide Brown’s favourite chew toy around the room and watched as he sniffed it out, much to their delight.
Ms Brown said with the prevalence of social media, teaching young people about animal welfare was more important than ever.
“RSPCA WA is regularly sent shocking footage taken from social media of people doing stupid and cruel things to animals and wildlife,” she said.
“Educating young people about animal welfare and the conse- quences of causing physical or psychological harm to an animal will help them resist peer pressure and make betterinformed decisions.”
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Mason Roper 6, RSPCA Goldfields Fiona Brown, Brown the kelpie, RSPCA Perth’s Sharon Morgan and Kaharta Nicholls 6.