15 May 2024

RSPCA WA will be in Mandurah on Thursday 30 May offering free supplies and advice to pet owners who may be struggling with the costs of caring for their pets.

The Community Action Day will take place at Rushton Park North Pavilion, between Dower and Thomson Street in Mandurah, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm.

RSPCA WA staff and volunteers will be on hand to perform health checks and microchipping for dogs, give out flea and worming treatments for cats and dogs, and hand out free cat and dog food.

Pet owners are also encouraged to chat to our friendly staff about dog training tips and other queries.

RSPCA WA Executive Manager Animal and Enforcement Operations Hannah Dreaver said more and more pet owners were asking for help amidst the cost-of-living and housing crises.

“Animal cruelty reports in Mandurah jumped 32 per cent last financial year, making it the largest growth local government area for cruelty” she said.

“Additionally, nearly a third of requests from people looking to surrender their animals last year have related to cost-of-living and housing issues.

“It’s hoped this support will ease some pressure on family budgets and help stop small health problems for pets from becoming big and expensive ones.

“We want to keep much-loved pets together with their owners wherever possible. If you could benefit from a little help with your animals, please come along and take advantage of this free support.”

People are welcome to bring social, vaccinated dogs and puppies along to the event on leash. If your puppy has not had all its vaccinations yet, you will need to carry the puppy at all times.

Due to welfare concerns, cats are not able to attend.

RSPCA WA inspectors and an RSPCA WA dog trainer will be on hand to answer questions.

The health checks will be conducted by vet staff and students from South Metropolitan TAFE.

Pet owners who would like to attend are asked to register online at rspcawa.org.au/events

RSPCA WA thanks the City of Mandurah, Elanco, Petbarn Foundation, Rogz, the volunteer vets and vet students for their support.