As part of our ongoing efforts to wheel in vital welfare initiatives forcompanion animals in the Penrith-Hawkesbury communities, Animal Welfare LeagueNSW’s Mobile Vet Truck (MVT) accompanied by a team of veterinarians andvolunteers, visited the Penrith Paceway Showground on May 21 and 22.

The two-day community outreach event saw 248 domestic cats and dogs (and arabbit) presented to our experienced veterinary team for health checks. Therewere 121 microchips issued at no cost to the owners. A total of 239vaccinations were administered over the two days at heavily discounted rates.

Commenting on the significance of the community programs run by Animal WelfareLeague NSW across metropolitan and regional New South Wales, several membersof the public termed it as a “fantastic opportunity” to have their companionanimals receive crucial veterinary care.

The event was open to all residents of the Penrith and Hawkesbury Council thathold a pension or a concession card.

According to Leonie Elvin, President of the Animal Welfare League NSWHawkesbury Valley branch, who along with her team of volunteers was present atthe location assisting the veterinary team and issuing desexing vouchers tocommunity members, initiatives such as this is vital towards preventing largeparvovirus outbreaks in the region.

She says, “There are some suburbs in the Penrith area where the incidence ofcommunicable diseases like parvovirus are very high. It is essential to haveyour pet vaccinated against life-threatening diseases that are highlycontagious. Not vaccinating your pet sets off a domino effect that ends upclaiming a lot of lives.”

Dr Nicole McMillan, Vet Services Manager and all staff at Animal WelfareLeague NSW would also like to thank volunteers from Vets Beyond Borders, aswell as Dr Lynn Mathison from Selwood House Veterinary Hospital, Hazelbrookfor their critical support over the two-day event.

Animal Welfare League NSW would also like to acknowledge Penrith Paceway fordonating their space to host the Mobile Vet Truck.

Generous support from the community enables Animal Welfare League NSW todeliver life-changing programs and ensuring best welfare standards for animalsacross New South Wales. Please donate on awlnsw.com.au/donate or call uson 02 8777 4461 to help us continue this critical service.

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