Clarkson needs education in animal welfare: RSPCA

 Nat Foster with a dog at a previous community action day.
Nat Foster with a dog at a previous community action day.

THE RSPCA will hold an event in Clarkson this month after identifying it as an area in need of animal welfare education.

According to the animal protection organisation, inspectors are regularly called out to welfare concerns in the suburb.

RSPCA will host a community action day on August 24 at Anthony Waring Park from 1-3pm.

“We’re looking forward to hosting this event in Clarkson which we know from our inspectorate is in need of some animal welfare support,” RSPCA WA community outreach coordinator Nat Foster said.

“The free services available at the event will immediately improve the wellbeing of pets who come along on the day.

“We’ll also be using the opportunity to educate the local community about broader welfare issues concerning their pets, and encouraging people to be more responsible with pet ownership.”

Next week’s event aims to engage with the community and offer practical support and advice to improve standards of animal welfare.

That will include offering free vet checks for dogs, free microchips for dogs, free worm and flea treatments for dogs and cats, dog training advice and free pet food for those in need.

Members of the public will be able to speak to RSPCA’s community outreach coordinator about any questions or 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 can take their dogs to get the free vet checks, provided by student vets from South Metropolitan TAFE.

The ‘Chain exchange’ initiative will also offer dog owners an opportunity to exchange their dog’s choke chain or prong collar for a more humane flat collar and lead, for no charge.

Choke chains and prong collars are designed to train a dog by inflicting pain, discomfort and fear, but RSPCA warns they can lead to physical and emotional damage to a dog including neck and spinal injuries, anxiety and aggression.

The initiative aims to educate dog owners who use these collars without knowing the damage they are doing to their pet and offer them an instant fix by providing an alternative.