As part of our ongoing efforts to wheel in vital welfare initiatives for companion animals in the Penrith-Hawkesbury communities, Animal Welfare League NSW’s Mobile Vet Truck (MVT) accompanied by a team of veterinarians and volunteers, visited the Penrith Paceway Showground on May 21 and 22.
The two-day community outreach event saw 248 domestic cats and dogs (and a rabbit) presented to our experienced veterinary team for health checks. There were 121 microchips issued at no cost to the owners. A total of 239 vaccinations were administered over the two days at heavily discounted rates.
Commenting on the significance of the community programs run by Animal Welfare League NSW across metropolitan and regional New South Wales, several members of the public termed it as a “fantastic opportunity” to have their companion animals receive crucial veterinary care.
The event was open to all residents of the Penrith and Hawkesbury Council that hold a pension or a concession card.
According to Leonie Elvin, President of the Animal Welfare League NSW Hawkesbury Valley branch, who along with her team of volunteers was present at the location assisting the veterinary team and issuing desexing vouchers to community members, initiatives such as this is vital towards preventing large parvovirus outbreaks in the region.
She says, “There are some suburbs in the Penrith area where the incidence of communicable diseases like parvovirus are very high. It is essential to have your pet vaccinated against life-threatening diseases that are highly contagious. Not vaccinating your pet sets off a domino effect that ends up claiming a lot of lives.”
Dr Nicole McMillan, Vet Services Manager and all staff at Animal Welfare League NSW would also like to thank volunteers from Vets Beyond Borders, as well as Dr Lynn Mathison from Selwood House Veterinary Hospital, Hazelbrook for their critical support over the two-day event.
Animal Welfare League NSW would also like to acknowledge Penrith Paceway for donating their space to host the Mobile Vet Truck.
Generous support from the community enables Animal Welfare League NSW to deliver life-changing programs and ensuring best welfare standards for animals across New South Wales. Please donate on awlnsw.com.au/donate or call us on 02 8777 4461 to help us continue this critical service.