A vigilante dog barks for the Animal Welfare Awards

The RSPCA WA is calling for entries for its annual Animal Welfare Awards, with heroic and caring humans, and furry and feathered friends, being celebrated.

Community members are encouraged to nominate deserving groups and individuals who work to save animal lives and improve animal welfare. Animals have their own special category, designed to highlight the human-animal bond and its positive impact on communities.

RSPCA WA President Lynne Bradshaw AM (pictured, right) said the awards showcased the compassion and dedication of WA’s animal welfare warriors

“We know these people and groups don’t do it for recognition, but it’s important to pause and acknowledge their incredible efforts,” she said.

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

Ms Bradshaw said of the six categories, the Animal Award proved particularly popular last year and unearthed many heartwarming stories.

“We’ve seen powerful examples of the human-animal bond in the past year, from companion animals that have changed the lives of their owners to therapy animals that have positively impacted their communities,” she said.

The category has already received its first outstanding nomination for 2022: Winston, WA’s first-ever Justice Facility Dog (pictured below).

Since September 2021, Winston has been easing stress and anxiety at Perth Children’s Court three to four days a week, with his gentle nature and wagging tail.

Victims of Crime Commissioner Kati Kraszlan, who appointed Winston, said the black Labrador changed the mood
Washington in the waiting room for victims, witnesses and other court users.

“Court staff report that Winston is very intuitive in knowing when a child wants playful interaction or just a quiet cuddle with them, she said.

“Individuals in court actively seek him out during their waiting period, and legal service and support providers often call on Winston to assist their clients.”

Naming an amazing animal like Winston, or a heroic human, is quick and easy. Simply visit www.rspcawa.org.au/awards

You will also find more information about the six award categories, which are: Animal Award; human price; Youth Award; Community Action Award; volunteer of the year award; and agricultural prices.

Recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony on Tuesday, October 4 for World Animal Day.

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