RSPCA WA searches for heroic animal lovers and special pets for recognition in annual awards

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RSPCA WA chair Lynne Bradshaw presenting Jimbo the dog with his award at the 2023 ceremony.
Camera IconRSPCA WA chair Lynne Bradshaw presenting Jimbo the dog with his award at the 2023 ceremony. Credit: Supplied/RSPCA WA

Heroic and caring animal lovers of the Goldfields, as well as special furry and feathered friends, are encouraged to step forward for recognition in this year’s RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Awards.

Nominations for the 2024 awards opened last week, with online submissions open for a deserving group or individual working to save animal lives or improve animal welfare.

There is also a special category exclusively for animals who are making a positive difference for their owners or their community.

RSPCA WA chair Lynne Bradshaw said the awards were a chance to spotlight and celebrate quiet achievers across WA.

“If you know an amazing animal welfare group, a devoted volunteer, or a brave animal rescuer, we want to hear their story,” she said.

“These people and groups don’t do it for recognition, but it’s so important we pause and acknowledge their efforts — I guarantee the animals would if they could.

“Highlighting this work also has the potential to inspire others to treat animals with kindness.”

Of the five categories available, Mrs Bradshaw said the Volunteer Award had proved especially popular last year, and had unearthed many heart-warming tales.

“We heard incredible stories of the dedicated volunteers in WA last year, from RSPCA WA’s very own longest serving volunteer, to a list of animal lovers who have rescued wild birds, and amazing humans who run sanctuaries and adoption programs,” she said.

Last year, Jimbo the dog was recognised for his work changing lives at the Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

Jimbo spends his days visiting the young people, bringing a calming energy that makes them more comfortable to open up and talk about their feelings.

To find out more visit rspcawa.org.au/awards.

Nominations close on September 2, with winners recognised at a special ceremony on October 4 for World Animal Day.

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