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Support for pets and people

WATERLOO: Following the cancellation of the event last year (due to public health orders in response to Covid-19), it was wonderful to see the return of the Redfern-Waterloo Pet Day at Waterloo Green on Saturday, May 22.

The event, organised by the City of Sydney with support from Counterpoint Community Services, invites social housing residents to bring their pets for health checks, tips, information sharing and fun.

Veterinarians and students offered free pet health checks and advice, along with free cat and dog vaccinations, microchipping and de-sexing bookings. City of Sydney staff engraved pet tags. Pet food, flea and worming prevention were provided by the Petbarn Foundation.

Stallholders included the Cat Protection Society NSW, RSPCA NSW, My Vet Waterloo and Vets Beyond Borders.

Adam Antonelli of Counterpoint said: “Redfern-Waterloo Pet Day is a wonderful event that brings the community and furry companions together. The free services would otherwise be an unaffordable bill for many in the community.”

For local dog-owner, Matthew McClennan, the day is a calendar highlight. “My dogs mean so much to me,” he said. “Coco, Roxy and Princess have been companions over many years. I really appreciate the support and all the good advice. It’s nice to get out and meet with other people and their pets, too.”

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