The Town of Victoria Park joins forces with RSPCA WA

Published on 18 January 2021

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The Town of Victoria Park has partnered with RSPCA WA this summer to remind its community of the effects higher temperatures can have on their four-legged friends.

Thanks to the collaboration between community members, the Town and RSPCA WA, a series of co-branded messages have launched just in time for the warmer months.

Town of Victoria Park Mayor Karen Vernon recognised that pets are an important part of what makes Victoria Park a dynamic place for everyone.

“Pet ownership is enjoyed by a large number of our community and we are constantly working to promote responsible pet ownership.

“Our new collaboration with RSPCA WA is a fantastic step in supporting our community with the information and resources they need to care for their pets.”

This summer the Town and RSPCA WA are encouraging pet owners to be aware of the effects hot pavement can have on their dogs’ paws when taking them for walks.

New messaging around the Town asks dog owners to ‘Do the 5 second test’.

“This is a quick and easy way to check if the pavement or asphalt is too hot, and could burn your pet’s sensitive paws,” RSPCA WA Chair Lynne Bradshaw said.

“Just place the back of your hand on the ground for five seconds, and if it’s too hot for you then it’s too hot for your dog.

“We hope this collaboration, and the new pet care messaging around Town, will help jog people’s memories when they’re out and about with their pets.”

The partnership also aims to further educate owners on a number of pet-related issues, particularly in the warmer months.

“All animals are susceptible to heatstroke, which can be life-threatening if left untreated, so it’s really important for owners to take steps to keep their pets safe and comfortable in the heat,” Ms Bradshaw said.

“The dangers of leaving pets in hot cars are well known – we’ve received 30 reports a week on average since summer began – but we’ve also seen pets succumb to heatstroke at home.

“If you’re heading out for the day, make sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water, and shade throughout the day. It’s a good idea to leave an extra bowl or bucket of water in case one gets knocked over or dries out.

“If the weather is particularly hot or humid, it’s best to walk your dog early in the morning or in the evening, keep exercise light, and provide regular water breaks.”

The Town is home to a number of dog parks providing ample shade and water fountains, making them a great destination for our four-legged friends. 

The recently re-opened dog exercise enclosure at Zone 2X in Carlisle is one such location, where owners can bring their dogs for some off lead fun and agility training.

The park will soon host The Dogs Breakfast, an event for the enjoyment of dogs in Vic Park and their humans.

Held Sunday May 9th, the event will showcase a range of pet stalls from local businesses with food, entertainment, a pet photo booth and the chance to speak to representatives from RSPCA WA.

You can find a range of information and advice about supporting your fur friends at rspcawa.asn.au.

For details about the Town of Victoria Park, dog park locations and The Dogs Breakfast event, visit victoriapark.wa.gov.au.

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