RSPCA NSW, in conjunction with the Walgett Shire Council and local Walgett and Lightning Ridge veterinarian, Dr Enid Coupé will next week offer reduced-rate veterinary services to pensioners and lower income earners as part of RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS). The program will be available to eligible residents between 6-10 May.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have had the ongoing support of both Walgett Regional Council and passionate local vet Enid Coupé,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW Programs Veterinarian. “This contact with local vets continues to build a culture of care and responsible pet ownership in Walgett and Lightning Ridge and make a difference to people with living with animals in regional communities,” Withers added.
CAWS also advocates education and public awareness to teach community members and school-aged children about responsible pet ownership, animal welfare, humane treatment of animals and safety concepts around animals such as bite prevention.
“This program enables many residents of our district to have their pets desexed, vaccinated and health checked at a very reduced price. This helps to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that are seen in our shire,” said Dr Enid Coupé.
“We have had an amazing response from the local community for this week’s program. In fact, we are fully booked and are likely to desex over 100 animals during the week,” Dr Coupé added.
Walgett and Lightning Ridge residents can contact one of the participating veterinary clinics for more information:
- Walgett Vet Clinic: 02 6828 1090
- Lightning Ridge Vet Clinic: 6829 2199