Donation a life-saver for Kimberley pets

Robert DoughertyBroome Advertiser

Kimberley pets have been thrown a lifeline, after St John Ambulance donated about 15 pet first-aid kits to Saving Animals From Euthanasia Broome.

The kits will be divided between SAFE Broome foster carers, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation and community groups to benefit animals in Broome and the surrounding communities.

Each kit contains bandages, gauze swabs, antiseptic, dressings, saline, hypo-allergenic tape, disposable scissors, a thermal shock blanket, tweezers, a disposable pouch and gloves.

SAFE Broome’s Wendy Roberts said the kits would help animals requiring urgent treatment who could not reach a vet in time.

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“Animals get hurt all the time — people up the peninsula or in town, if they can stop it bleeding then the dog survives,” she said.

“If you can close a wound and keep it clean then nature will do a lot of the healing. Whether its securing an injury site or actually giving first aid, it’s saving a dog’s life because you are preventing infection and blood loss.”

SAFE Broome received another boost earlier this month, with about 100 bags of Purina dog food, valued at $70-$110 each, donated by the company through an agreement with Animal Welfare League Australia, which also provided food to SAFE programs in Bunbury and Esperance. About 31 bags will be used by NAC to assist with its desexing programs.

“(The food) will go to SAFE animals, foster carers — when we have new people who foster they can get biscuits off us if they can’t afford it, and when there is community desexing, or welfare checks,” Ms Roberts said.

“All the food that’s donated goes to many different people, helping people in need.”

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