9 October 2023

RSPCA WA will be in Balga on Monday 16 October offering free supplies and advice to pet owners in need.

The Community Action Day event at Barry Britton Reserve on the corner of Balga Avenue and Keemore Drive will include free dog health checks and microchipping, plus free dog and cat food and flea and worming treatments.

Pet owners who are struggling to make ends meet are encouraged to come along between 1pm and 3pm.

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 crisis.

‘Animal cruelty reports in WA jumped 10 per cent last financial year, and a lack of food or vet care were top concerns,’ she said.

‘Additionally, nearly a third of requests from people looking to surrender their animals so far this 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. Due to welfare concerns, cats are not able to attend, however cat advice, food and flea and worming treatments will be available. 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 Metro TAFE and Murdoch University.

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

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