Festive care reminder

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Kevin and his loving owner Melanie Kidd are both looking forward to the Christmas break.
Camera IconKevin and his loving owner Melanie Kidd are both looking forward to the Christmas break. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

With Christmas only three weeks away, the RSPCA is urging pet owners to ensure their fury friends are properly cared for this holiday season.

RSPCA WA deputy chief inspector Sharon Morgan said owning a pet was a big responsibility.

“Pets are a full-time commitment, when you get a pet, it’s your responsibility to care for that pet and all its welfare needs, even when you go on holiday,” Ms Morgan said.

“There’s many options available for pet owners.

“Either have a trusted friend or family member care for your pet, or, if that’s not possible, hire a pet sitter or use a reputable boarding facility.”

Mrs Morgan said if people were planning to take their dog away with them at Christmas to read the tips on the RSPCA website to keep pets happy and safe while travelling.

Bunbury resident Melanie Kidd said when she first got her pet kelpie Kevin it was a lot harder than she first thought.

“Kev is actually a rescue pup who we adopted in early January this year and it was thought he was a Christmas gift that didn’t work out,” Miss Kidd said.

“We love Kev and he has now found a good home but if people are planning on getting a dog as a present this Christmas, just be really careful to make sure they are ready to look after a dog as it is a big responsibility.”

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