Open day makes better pet owners
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.