Kelpie Brown and RSPCA teach kids about pet care

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Emilee Nee­son

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.”

Shyla Casanova, Kyla Bareng and Sasha Kha­chon­nam, all 15, stud­ied the ef­fect of mu­sic gen­res on the heart­beat.

Pic­ture: Tori O'Con­nor

Ma­son Roper 6, RSPCA Gold­fields Fiona Brown, Brown the kelpie, RSPCA Perth’s Sharon Mor­gan and Ka­harta Ni­cholls 6.

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