Nominations called for RSPCA WA awards

Madeley foster carer June Bartlett with Josie. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492226
Madeley foster carer June Bartlett with Josie. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492226

RSPCA WA is calling on the public to nominate West Australians doing exceptional things for animals for its 2019 awards program.

Retiree June Bartlett was a joint winner of the volunteer of the year award in 2018 and has been a foster carer for RSPCA for about nine years.

“My sister and I joined as volunteers in 2006,” the Madeley resident said.

“I wasn’t aware they had a foster care program at that stage.”

June Bartlett with Jaxon.

Since she was first asked to foster, Ms Bartlett has looked after about 290 kittens, three rabbits and, last year, five French bulldog puppies.

Asked why she fosters, Ms Bartlett said “it just has to be done”.

“So many animals get dumped or surrendered,” she said.

“It’s not fair on them; they deserve a life.

“I can’t understand how anybody can harm an animal.”

Nominations for the 2019 RSPCA WA State Awards Program can be made at www.rspcawa.asn.au until August 23.

The five award categories are animal bravery, humane, youth, community action and volunteer of the year.

“Working on the front line to help animals in need across WA means we regularly see heartbreaking acts of cruelty and neglect,” RSPCA WA chief executive Iain Torrance said.

“But, overwhelmingly, WA is a state full of animal lovers, and it’s so important we take time to celebrate the good things happening in our community.

“There are people across WA doing heroic and inspiring things to help animals and they deserve recognition.

“If you know an individual or group doing exceptional things to protect animals or improve welfare standards, or an animal who has gone to great lengths to protect someone, we want to know about it.”