Care for un­wanted pets

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE -

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.

Kids can spend half a day car­ing for un­wanted kit­tens.

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