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GALLERY: Pawsome partnership connects four-legged friends with healthcare

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It’s not just Hunter residents who are being affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

Our four-legged friends feel the brunt of it, too.

But, a new partnership between RSPCA New South Wales and the Greater Charitable Foundation should alleviate that financial burden.

Lulu receives a check-up at the Hamilton South Community Centre.

The two organisations will connect hundreds of vulnerable people across Newcastle and the Hunter with affordable preventative care for their pets.

The $50,000 investment seeks to lessen the monetary onus associated with vital veterinary services such as health-checks, vaccinations, low-cost desexing and microchipping.

NGM Group volunteer Rubi Stitt, Greater Charitable Foundation CEO Anne Long and RSPCA NSW outreach and education manager Emma Davidson.

And, to celebrate the alliance, more than 100 locals visited Hamilton South Community Centre to access free vaccinations for their pets on Wednesday 21 February.

A further two community days will take place later this year in Maitland and Rutherford, as well as education programs for both primary and high school students in the area.

Miss Cat at the Hamilton South Community Centre.

RSPCA NSW volunteer and NGM Group employee Rubi Stitt said everyone had been extremely appreciative.

“Pets provide so many benefits to their owners,” she explained.

“They have an amazing impact on their physical, emotional and mental health.

“It’s been wonderful to meet some of the pets and their owners using this service.

“They’re all so grateful.”

Volunteer vets Blake and Helen.

Greater Charitable Foundation chief executive officer Anne Long said the organisation was honoured to support the community to access these aids.

“Our funding provides services such as vaccinations, parasite prevention and general check-ups to owners experiencing financial stress, affecting their ability to care for their pets,” she stated.

“Pet owners are proud as punch when it comes to their four-legged friends.

Monique De Courcy with her pommeranian Charlie.

“So, we are honoured to partner with RSPCA NSW to ensure these animals are receiving the treatments they need.

“We all want to provide the best life possible for our furry loved ones and part of this is making sure they are healthy and happy.”

RSPCA NSW outreach and education manager Emma Davidson said the program sought to keep animals with their owners.

“We believe that a person’s financial circumstances have no bearing on the love they have for their pets,” she added.

NGM Group volunteers with RSPCA employees at the Hamilton South Community Centre.

“But, being unable to provide them with appropriate care because of these circumstances might.

“We are so appreciative to Greater Charitable Foundation for their generous support.

“Our aim is to reduce the number of animals being surrendered, as well as boosting the overall health and wellbeing of both pets and their owners.”

For further information about RSPCA NSW, visit: https://www.rspcansw.org.au/

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