An­i­mal wel­fare work lauded

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Ber­tram res­i­dent Kylie Soanes has been recog­nised for her work pro­mot­ing an­i­mal wel­fare with RSPCA WA’s Hu­mane Award.

Ms Soanes, the head re­cep­tion­ist at Bal­divis Vet Clinic, deals with an­i­mal own­ers who are not able to af­ford vet care for their pets and many sur­ren­dered an­i­mals fac­ing eu­thana­sia.

These ex­pe­ri­ences in­spired her to cre­ate not-for-profit group Don’t Go Astray — Help Those An­i­mals In Need ear­lier this year.

The group, which raises money to help fam­i­lies strug­gling with vet costs and finds new homes for sur­ren­dered an­i­mals, is run through Go­FundMe and Face­book pages.

In the short time the pro­gram has been run­ning, Ms Soanes and her small team of vol­un­teers have al­ready helped more than a dozen an­i­mals.

Ms Soanes was pre­sented with her award by RSPCA WA pres­i­dent Lynne Brad­shaw on World An­i­mal Day.

“I am so proud to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate the ef­forts of RSPCA WA’s State award win­ners,” she said.

“Kylie truly goes above and be­yond for an­i­mals in need — gen­er­ously sac­ri­fic­ing her own time and con­sid­er­able re­sources to save an­i­mals’ lives and im­prove an­i­mal wel­fare out­comes in WA.

“The awards com­mit­tee was moved by her ac­tions — she is real an­i­mal wel­fare he­roes.”

For more on Don’t Go Astray — Help Those An­i­mals In Need, visit https://www.face­ Don­tGoAstray.

Pic­ture: RSPCA WA

Kylie Soanes with RSPCA WA pres­i­dent Lynne Brad­shaw AM.

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