Care for unwanted pets
NIMAL lovers can spend quality time with fourlegged creatures at the Animal Welfare League’s Gold Coast branch these holidays.
The half-day program allows children from seven to 11 years old to spend time with animals that have no homes.
They learn how to care for them just as they would if they were a real-life animal attendant.
The program gives kids the VIP treatment, with the full attention of an AWL education officer.
Education officers take children through an animal care routine of activities where they get the chance to experience a behindthe-scenes shelter tour.
This includes visiting the shelter’s vet clinic, where they can chat to vets and vet nurses.
They also learn about shelter animal care routines such as how to bath and groom dogs, and feed, bath and cuddle small animals.
Cats and kittens are available for cuddles and play, and children will get the chance to make a hand-made cat toy for shelter cats.
The kids get takehome packs at the end of the day.
They include a sticker, AWLQ pen, colouring sheet and magazines.
Children also have their names inscribed on the AWL’s special Tree of Knowledge.
The program runs on specific days from 9am to 1pm and the number of children is capped at six, with a minimum of four needed for the program to run.
Registration and payment must be made upfront. For more details call the education division on 5509 9034 or email education2@awlqld. com.au
Kids can spend half a day caring for unwanted kittens.