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Community-wide animal census in Gunbalanya

28 September 2018

AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) and West Arnhem Regional Council staff worked together in Gunbalanya to undertake a community-wide companion animal census, and anti-parasite treatment administration on September 17 and 18.
The team walked around Gunbalanya speaking to residents about their dogs and cats. While the animals were extremely kind to the team, the weather was not kind as each day reaching 38 degrees. Even with the heat the team manage to collect a total animal population count in just two days - a mammoth effort. Data from the census will help to inform West Arnhem Regional Council's ongoing Animal Management Program across the region.
AMRRIC’s Education Officer also delivered dog-focussed education lessons within the school. Students from Transition-Year 12 enthusiastically engaged in lessons on dog empathy, feelings, safety and needs. Great fun and learning was had by all involved.
AMRRIC would like to thank Rachel and Sophia from WARC for their invaluable work in helping collect census data and making them feel so welcome in Gunbalanya.