Free Healthy Pet Day for Bendigo residents in need

Published on 18 April 2024

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)

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