RSPCA WA Community Action Day in Kwinana
On Thursday 12 October we will be holding one of our Community Action Days in the City of Kwinana, at Calista Oval from 1pm – 3pm.
The Kwinana catchment has been identified as an area in need of animal welfare education and support, with our Inspectors regularly called out to welfare concerns.
The purpose of our Community Action Day events is to engage with local communities and offer practical support and advice to improve standards of animal welfare. This includes offering free vet checks*, free microchipping*, free worm & flea treatments**, dog training advice, and free pet food** for those in need.
**for both cats and dogs, while stocks last
Members of the public will be able to speak to RSPCA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Nat Foster, about any concerns they may have, giving them the opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with an animal welfare expert.
It will be an informal event and people are encouraged to bring their dogs along to take advantage of the free vet checks, kindly provided by student vets from South Metropolitan TAFE.
Our ‘Chain Exchange’ initiative will also be offered at the Community Action Day, whereby dog owners can exchange their dog’s choke chain or prong collar 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. Our aim is to educate them on the dangers of choke chains (without judgement or reprimand) and to offer them an instant fix by providing a humane and comfortable alternative.
Comment from RSPCA WA Community Outreach Coordinator, Nat Foster, who runs the action days:
“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.
“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.”