On 24 February 2015 in celebration of World Spay Day, AMRRIC delivered a companion animal health program at the Amangal and Acacia communities in the NT. World Spay Day events are held around the world, to highlight desexing as the most effective and humane method of animal population control.
Each year the World Spay Day campaign connects veterinary professionals and communities in hundreds of events, including desexing clinics, community education and fundraising events.
AMRRIC Education Officer Melissa Pepper made a preliminary visit to complete a dog census, distribute tick collars and give anti-parasite treatments. Melissa also worked closely with local Government Engagement Officer Chrissy Jenner at Amangal and Indigenous Engagement Officer Ruby Liddy at Acacia to promote the veterinary program in the communities.
The veterinary program was delivered by AMRRIC member veterinarian Stephen Cutter and vet nurses Andrea Ruske and Jovana Dresca, with Melissa providing additional assistance. Assistance from Chrissy and Ruby was invaluable in providing on-the-ground support and promoting the event to community members, significantly contributing to the success of the day. A follow-up visit to both communities will be made on 19 March, National Close the Gap Day. Dogs are an important part of community life, and have a role to play in the wellbeing of community members. They are more than just pets - they are members of the family. AMRRIC's programs are not only helping the dogs in community but also their owners as well.
AMRRICs’s World Spay Day program was funded through the Lets Act crowd funding platform supported by Community Sector Banking. A big thank you to Dog Mob project supporters, whose generous support made this day possible.
World Spay Day is promoted by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA).