Published on 16 September 2023


Walgett Shire Ranger Services, in partnership with the Animal Welfare League (AWL), hosted a highly successful Pet Care Day and Council-Funded De-Sexing Event on the 13th of September 2023. The event aimed to provide essential care for pets and promote responsible pet ownership within the community.


The day's success was a testament to the incredible support received from various organisations and individuals. Walgett Shire Ranger Services would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for their generous support in providing a sausage sizzle, and to Council Youth Development staff members Sandra and Debbie for their invaluable assistance. Additionally, we are grateful to Sara Smith from the Flying Doctors for her participation.


A special acknowledgment goes out to Derek Thompson, AWL Coordinator, and his dedicated team for their outstanding efforts, which contributed significantly to the event's success.


The event witnessed impressive numbers and remarkable cooperation from both pet owners and their four-legged companions. The atmosphere was characterised by orderly behaviour and exceptional patience exhibited by all.


Here are the highlights from the Pet Care Day and De-Sexing Event


- 65 dogs received thorough veterinary check-ups and vaccinations.

- 30 dogs were microchipped to enhance their identification and safety.

- 31 dogs are scheduled for de-sexing, with 25 females and 6 males benefiting from this vital procedure.


The de-sexing initiative, which commenced on Thursday, successfully carried out procedures for all 6 dogs scheduled. With 25 female dogs booked for spaying, this program is expected to make a substantial contribution toward lowering the incidence of unwanted puppies in our community by at least 100.


Looking ahead, Walgett Shire Ranger Services is excited about the prospect of making next year's event even bigger and more impactful. The success of this year's Pet Care Day and De-Sexing Event underscores the importance of community collaboration in promoting responsible pet ownership and ensuring the well-being of our furry companions.


For more information about Walgett Ranger Services and future events, please contact Paul Flint at 0418 684 710 or pflint@walgett.nsw.gov.au


Hugh Percy
Acting General Manager

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