Wanted: Animal Welfare Heroes
RSPCA WA has launched a new state awards program to recognise the commitment, courage and bravery displayed by those who have helped to save Western Australian animals.
Within the program are five categories, including an award for animals themselves which have demonstrated heroism and loyalty towards their owner, therein highlighting the unique bond and loyalty that can be developed between pets and humans.
The five award categories are:
- RSPCA WA Animal Bravery Award
- RSPCA WA Humane Award
- RSPCA WA Youth Award
- RSPCA WA Community Action Award
- RSPCA WA Volunteer of the Year Award
A description for each award category and its nomination criteria can be found here.
Any member of the public can submit a nomination, which will be judged by a dedicated awards committee made up of five experienced individuals who work in animal welfare, media and the not-for-profit sector.
Awards will be presented at a ceremony on World Animal Day 2018 (Thursday 4 October).
Comments attributed to RSPCA WA CEO David van Ooran:
"As a society, we tend to see, hear and focus more on the negative side of animal welfare and protection, and we don’t really focus on all the good things that are happening in our community involving people’s attitudes and actions towards all creatures great and small.
"By inviting people to share stories of others’ bravery and determination to help animals, we hope a ripple effect will be created to inspire others to treat animals with kindness and compassion, and contribute to raising animal welfare standards in WA.
"We know there are people in our community who are doing wonderful things to protect animals and improve animal welfare standards and we want to hear about them. This really is an opportunity for those people to be recognised for their efforts and compassion, and hailed as the heroes that they are."