The Commonwealth of Australia working through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has awarded funding to AMRRIC (Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities) to develop and roll out the Be a Friend to Your Dog Project to 10 remote community schools.
AMRRIC believes that the key to improving animal welfare standards lies in education and empowerment of the local community members to manage their animals themselves, with the help trained indigenous animal management workers and visiting veterinarians.
AMRRIC will be visiting your school and delivering key messages to the students regarding animal welfare, safety around dogs and zoonooses (diseases dogs can pass to people and vice versa) and will leave your school with the Be a Friend to Your Dog pack full of resources to appeal to different age groups and encourage empathy towards animals, a message that the younger students can take home to their families, as well as equip the older students with the knowledge on how to care for their dogs.
Included in the pack are the following resources:
For children in years 3- 5 or older children with limited literacy
For older children up to high school age
For older children, teachers, teacher’s aides and other community members: