1 February 2024

RSPCA WA will be in Thornlie on Monday 26 February 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 the North Tom Bateman Sporting Complex (changerooms next to Tom Bateman All Abilities Playground) on Wilfred Road from 9am to 11am.

Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to perform health checks and microchipping for dogs, give out flea and worming treatments to 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 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 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 Gosnells, Elanco, Petbarn Foundation, Rogz, the volunteer vets and vet students for their support.