Animal welfare work lauded
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.facebook.com/ DontGoAstray.
Kylie Soanes with RSPCA WA president Lynne Bradshaw AM.