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RSPCA Bayswater Op Shop turns 1!

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RSPCA Victoria’s Bayswater Op Shop will celebrate its first birthday on Sunday, 21 April, with a whopping 45,000 individual purchases in the first year.

Bayswater Op-Shop Manager, Sarah Kulikov, said she was delighted by the success of the store and thanked the local community for their ongoing support.

“The Bayswater locals have been incredibly supportive of our young store, making more than 45,000 individual purchases in the first 12 months,” Ms Kulikov said.

“We are supremely grateful for our amazing team of local volunteers running the story here in Bayswater and to the Bayswater locals for being so welcoming.

“Everyone who has purchased something through our Op Shops has helped the animals in RSPCA shelters and in the community through our outreach programs”.

Liz Irvine, RSPCA Victoria’s Op-Shop Network Manager the proceeds from RSPCA’s op shops are a vital source of funding.

“All donations and purchases make a real difference to our work to prevent cruelty to all animals and enable us to care for over 11,000 animals every year,” Ms Irvine said.

“On average it costs around $51 per day to care for a cat or a dog in the shelter, so every one of those 45,000 purchases have helped provide an animal in need with food, shelter, and veterinary treatment.

“We are proud of RSPCA Op Shop’s reputation for quality goods and friendly atmosphere – plus there’s always a treasure to be found.”

RSPCA Victoria’s op shops are supported by local volunteers who join to help their communities and often stay for the companionship and social connections they make.

New op shop volunteers are needed with RSPCA Victoria calling on people in the area to apply.

Successful applicants receive full training, and no experience is needed. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, gain experience and make a difference.

Donations of clean, high-quality items for sale by the shops are also a great way to show support. Clean, undamaged items suitable for resale are accepted in-store during trading hours only.

Public parking is available at the rear of the store.

RSPCA Victoria Op Shop Bayswater
716 Mountain Highway, Bayswater
9AM – 5PM, Monday to Saturday. Closed on public holidays.

People interested in volunteering with RSPCA Victoria can apply at www.rspcavic.org/opshopvolunteers

RSPCA Victoria’s first-ever Healthy Pet Day event in Bendigo is on Wednesday, 1 May, at the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre (BARC), where RSPCA experts will provide free check-ups, dog and cat vaccines, pet food, and behavioural advice for local pet owners in need.

RSPCA Victoria Community Outreach Manager, Dr Lauren Roberts, said the Healthy Pet Days are a great way to provide your furry companions with vital health checks during the cost-of-living crisis.

“Our expert animal care team provides vaccines, pet check-ups, microchipping, flea and worm treatment, along with behavioural advice, resources and pet food,” Dr Roberts said.

“These services are completely free for local valid concession card holders and would cost over $150 all up per animal.

“We want to keep the local pets happy and healthy for years to come, and pet owners in need will have access to expert advice and the best possible service thanks to our friendly vets, vet nurses and animal behaviourists.

“We’re delighted to run this event at the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre, and they’ve also generously offered free venue hire, volunteers, and microchips for us to use.”

RSPCA Victoria Head of Prevention Rebecca Cook said the team is excited to meet Bendigo’s pets later this month.

“We love to see the strong bonds between families and their pets, so we can’t wait to meet Bendigo’s furry friends and support positive pet ownership in the community.” Ms Cook said.

“We believe in working together with all Victorians because we know it’s not always just about your pets, it’s about you too.”

RSPCA Victoria’s Healthy Pet Days are possible thanks to funding from the PetBarn Foundation, with the Healthy Pet Days having helped 160 animals, saving pet owners around $24,000 across four events.

RSPCA partner Royal Canin is also generously providing take-home pet food for some residents.

For more information or to book your pet’s appointment, please visit: rspcavic.org/healthypet

To access the free Healthy Pet Day services, attendees must:

  • Be 18 years old or over,
  • Be a valid concession or health care card holder (e.g., Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Health Care card, Pensioner Concession Card), and
  • Have proof of address in the City of Bendigo.

Important Information:

  • All cats attending the Healthy Pet Day must be in a secure carry cage, and dogs must be on a lead.
  • Cat and dog vaccines are available at this event.
  • Every animal requires a separate appointment to ensure they receive the care they need.
  • Services at this event will not be provided to breeders or litter rearers.

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Venue: 20 Piper Lane, Bendigo – the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre (BARC)

RSPCA Victoria has joined with Agriculture Victoria for their new podcast season, ‘Biosecurity basics’.

The podcast takes a deep dive into the fundamentals of biosecurity, including practical things listeners can put in place to play their part in protecting our animals and environment.

Speaking about the new podcast season, Program Manager Emergency Animal Disease Industry Engagement, Kellyanne Harris, said it doesn’t matter how many animals you have, how big or small your property is, biosecurity is everyone’s business.

‘Every livestock owner or person living on a small or lifestyle farm can make changes today to improve their biosecurity and help protect their property from pests and diseases,” Ms Harris said.

‘Created in collaboration with RSPCA Victoria, the new AgVic Talk series features experts from RSPCA Victoria and Agriculture Victoria as well as farmers who share their knowledge on how people can build biosecurity into their day-to-day farming practices.

“Listeners will receive advice on what to include in a biosecurity plan, the importance of Property Identification Codes (PICs) and where to go for tips and advice about biosecurity practices and steps you can take on farm.”

In episode 2 RSPCA Victoria’s own Rachael Laukart joins the team to talk about how the organisation is helping producers manage risk and improve their biosecurity practices.

You can subscribe and listen to Biosecurity basics on AgVic Talk wherever you get your podcasts:

Follow AgVic Talk on Spotify

Follow AgVic Talk on Apple Podcasts

RSPCA Victoria has advised volunteers at the Bendigo Op Shop the store will not reopen following a two-month temporary closure.

The store was temporarily closed at the beginning of February due to staffing issues, however as the store has not been financially viable for some time, the difficult decision has been made not to reopen.

RSPCA Victoria Head of Operations Tanya Drakopoulos, wanted to thank the many volunteers and the community for their support.

“We understand this news may be disappointing to our wonderful volunteers and those in the community who have supported us,” Ms Drakopoulos said.

“However, as a not-for-profit organisation we have a responsibility to ensure everything we do is financially sustainable and is ultimately in the best interests of our core mission – ending cruelty to animals.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to our volunteers, some of whom have been volunteering with us for many years, and those in the community who have supported the shop and our work.

“While we won’t have a bricks and mortar presence in Bendigo, we will continue to support the community though our Inspectorate – investigating reports of animal cruelty, and through our Community Outreach and Education programs.”

There are many ways for the local community to continue to support RSPCA Victoria’s work to end cruelty to animals, including community fundraising and reporting animal cruelty.