Monday, November 19, 2012

RSPCA NSW Indigenous Animal Health Program returns to Wilcannia

RSPCA NSW’s Indigenous Community Companion Animal Health Program will be returning to Wilcannia and Menindee this week and will be offering free animal desexing and health checks. The program aims to improve the health and welfare of animals in  regional and remote  Aboriginal communities  that may not otherwise be able to easily access veterinary services.

The program will be in Menindee on the 20 November and Wilcannia on the 21st and 22nd of November.

“We are looking forward to returning to Wilcannia and Menindee following the great response to the program when we visited earlier this year,” said Dr. Ann-Margaret Whiters, RSPCA NSW Veterinarian. “Once again we encourage members of the local Aboriginal community to bring their dogs to our pop-up pet hospital and utilise this free service,” Whiters added.

Free services provided include vaccinations, health checks, microchipping, surgical or chemical desexing, treatment for fleas, worms, ticks, mange and other parasites, as well as practical pet care advice and education.

The RSPCA Animal Health program  is offered to communities free of charge.  This program is  funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) in conjunction with the Closing the Gap strategy to improve the lives of  Indigenous  Australians. The government recognises  the importance of dogs in Aboriginal communities and their impact on community health and safety.

The program has helped many communities throughout NSW with the assistance of NSW Health. Some of the areas they have visited in the past include; Boggabilla, Bourke, Bowraville, Brewarrina, Collarenebri, Enngonia, Gingie, Goodooga, Ivanhoe, Jabullum, Namoi, Purfleet, Taree, Toomelah, Walgett, Walhallow, Weilmoringle and Wilcannia, and Menindee.

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