A COMMUNITY event to promote responsible pet ownership and support local pet owners experiencing financial difficulties will be held in Swan View on Wednesday.
The RSPCA’s free Community Action Day will run from 1pm to 3pm at the Swan View Oval, providing an opportunity to speak with animal welfare experts.
There will also be free pet food and parasite prevention treatment for cats and dogs, and free vet checks and microchipping for dogs on the day.
Education inspector Nat Foster, who manages the community outreach program at RSPCA WA, said community action days were a much-needed lifeline for many pet owners across Perth.
“We know that there are a lot of people who are struggling financially at the moment and unfortunately when times are tough, it’s often the animals who feel the pinch too,” she said.
“By getting out into the community and providing practical and helpful support to people, we’re actually helping to prevent tight situations from turning into welfare offences.
“We know from the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline that Swan View and surrounding areas have a higher-than-average number of welfare and cruelty complaints, which is why we chose to hold our next Community Action Day here.”
Ms Foster urged local pet owners to attend to discuss any concerns or difficulties they are experiencing and to take advantage of the help they could provide.
People can bring their dogs along to the event at the Morrison Road event but cats and unvaccinated puppies are not able to attend because of welfare concerns.