Monday, October 31, 2011


RSPCA NSW’s Education Team will visit high schools in the Hastings community from 31st October to 4th November to help teach students about the importance of animal welfare. The Sydney-based team’s visit is thanks to a recently-awarded grant from Hastings Council.

As part of their week-long visit, the Education Team will work alongside RSPCA’s Port Macquarie Shelter and Volunteer Branch to raise awareness about animal welfare issues including: responsible pet ownership; the importance of desexing; laws surrounding animal cruelty; and the humane treatment of animals. They will also speak about ways to get involved with RSPCA initiatives in the local community.

RSPCA Port Macquarie Volunteer Branch President Jackianne Wright said the need for animal welfare education is apparent in the level of animal-related crimes reported, and is further evidenced by the number of animals being surrendered to the local RSPCA.

“Currently, there is no animal welfare organisation in the Hastings area equipped with the skills, knowledge, resources and experience that RSPCA’s Education Team can offer,” said Ms Wright.

“We expect the team’s visit may help reduce the level of crime involving animals and encourage not only responsible pet ownership within the community, but overall responsible citizenship as well.”

RSPCA NSW Education Officer Stephanie Sok said the team is very much looking forward to next week’s visit.

“Our overarching goal is to help teach students and the larger community that each individual can make a difference in the welfare of animals,” said Ms Sok.

The program is suitable for audiences of all ages and can be tailored to suit the needs and size of the group.

RSPCA’s Education Team has already booked speaking engagements at Heritage Christian School, Byabarra Public School, Hastings Public School and Camden Haven High School. Please call 02 9782 4477 or email for more information about school visits or to make a booking.

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