Open day makes bet­ter pet own­ers

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Rachel Fen­ner

KWINANA has been iden­ti­fied by the RSPCA WA as an area in need of an­i­mal wel­fare ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port – in­spec­tors are reg­u­larly called out in re­la­tion to an­i­mal wel­fare con­cerns.

In re­sponse to this, the RSPCA WA will host a com­mu­nity ac­tion day on Oc­to­ber 12 at Calista Oval from 1pm to 3pm.

There will be free vet checks, train­ing ad­vice and mi­cro-chip­ping for dogs. For dogs and cats there will be free worm and flea treat­ment, and free pet food.

Peo­ple who at­tend will be able to chat to RSPCA’s com­mu­nity outreach co-or­di­na­tor Nat Foster about any con­cerns they may have, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to have a one-on-one dis­cus­sion with an an­i­mal wel­fare ex­pert.

“I’m ex­cited to be host­ing a com­mu­nity ac­tion day in Kwinana, which we know from our in­spec­torate is in need of some an­i­mal wel­fare sup­port,” Ms Foster said.

“We also know that many peo­ple are strug­gling fi­nan­cially at the mo­ment, and un­for­tu­nately, when times are tough, it’s of­ten pets who feel the pinch too. “Our Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Days aim to ease the bur­den for pet own­ers, by pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal sup­port to help with the costs of pet own­er­ship. “The free ser­vices avail­able at the event will im­me­di­ately im­prove the well­be­ing of pets who come along on the day, while giv­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate the lo­cal com­mu­nity about broader wel­fare is­sues con­cern­ing their pets.” Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to bring their dogs along to take ad­van­tage of free vet checks pro­vided by stu­dent vets from South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tafe. A chain ex­change ini­tia­tive lets dog own­ers ex­change choke chains or prong col­lars for a more hu­mane flat col­lar and lead, for no charge at all. Choke chains and prong col­lars are de­signed to train a dog by in­flict­ing pain, dis­com­fort and fear. This can lead to phys­i­cal and emo­tional dam­age to a dog in­clud­ing neck and spinal in­juries, anx­i­ety and ag­gres­sion. Many dog own­ers use these col­lars with­out know­ing the dam­age they are do­ing to their pet. The RSPCA aims to ed­u­cate them on the dan­gers of choke chains and offer an in­stant fix by pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able al­ter­na­tive.

RSPCA’s Nat Foster.

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