RSPCA to launch junior rescue officer program

Jax with a kangaroo
Jax with a kangaroo

CHILDREN can learn how to take care of struggling animals through RSPCA WA’s junior rescue officer program.

The program will be launched at the Million Paws Walk on May 19, where interested children can sign up at the community outreach stall.

Children will collect ‘paw points’ through fun activities, help animals in their homes, neighbourhoods and shelters.

Katie with a turkey.

They will receive an official ID card, Animania magazine, RSPCA bear and an official paw points handbook.

RSPCA WA community outreach inspector Nat Foster said the program would show children ways to use their creative thinking to benefit the lives of animals.

“It’s never too early to start engaging with children on how to look after animals and respect them as living creatures, which is why we’re so excited to launch the junior rescue officer program,” she said.

“We know that educating children at an early age can make a difference to the welfare of animals.

“Teaching compassion for animals teaches empathy for all living beings.

“Last financial year, RSPCA WA’s dedicated team of inspectors investigated over 6000 reports of animal welfare concerns.

“We love our job and we want to share our rescue stories, experience and knowledge about caring for animals with all our junior rescue officers to inspire them to make a difference.”

For information, visit www.rspcawa.asn.au/junior-rescue-officer.