RSPCA volunteer loves educating community about animal welfare


Janet Ingham with her dogs Angus and Hamish. Picture: Jon Hewson
Janet Ingham with her dogs Angus and Hamish. Picture: Jon Hewson

THORNLIE’S Janet Ingham is one of many who give up their time for the RSPCA to educate people about animal welfare and keeping safe around dogs.

Monday, December 5 is International Volunteer Day, a day to recognise those who help others in the community.

As part of her duties, Ms Ingham and her dog Hamish, attend various organisations such as schools to educate children.

She said she had always loved pets and animals from the time she was a child in England when she had a pet hamster.

“They need to be treated the same as we would like to be treated ourselves,” she said.

“I just like to get out there and talk to people about animals and why they should be kind.

“I just really enjoy getting out there and spreading the word.”

Ms Ingham also gives presentations about animal welfare and looking after pets to various different age groups.

She said part of the role was teaching children about learning to approach dogs safely and uses Hamish as a helper.

RSPCA’s five freedoms for animals

– Freedom from hunger and thirst

– Freedom from discomfort

– Freedom from pain, injury or disease

– Freedom to express normal behaviour

– Freedom from fear and distress