RSPCA NSW, in conjunction with the Warren Shire Council and Western Rivers Veterinary Group will offer reduced-rate veterinary services to companion animals of pensioners and lower income earners as part of RSPCA NSW’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) for the month of September, 2013.
“These programs are only possible with the ongoing support of both Warren Shire Council and local veterinary practices such as Western Rivers,” said Dr Ann-Margret Withers, RSPCA NSW Programs Veterinarian.
“In Warren the program has been has been financed by the local Council every two years with great success. Each time the program comes to town it allows for at least 30 animals to be desexed,” Dr Withers added.
Contact with vets helps to generate relationships between local residents and their vets and promote and encourage desexing and responsible animal ownership. For many animal owners, the decision not to desex is not exclusively a matter of affordability which is why attitudinal change is required to generate a ‘culture’ of desexing in rural communities.
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. The RSPCA Education team will be visiting local schools in the first week of September, accompanied by local council ranger, Johnny White.
Interested residents are encouraged to contact the Western Rivers Veterinary Group on 6847 4795 for more information and bookings.