18/04/2019 – Breaking news! POOPS has just established a new service in Busselton. Cathy Gibson, the newly-appointed Coordinator for the Busselton area, has been helping some older and infirm people with their pets for a few years and it’s been her initiative to establish POOPS in Busselton. We’re delighted to have her on board to help us in keeping people and their pets together in this vibrant region. If you know of anyone who might need a hand with their pets in Busselton, of if you’d like to volunteer, we’d be very happy to hear from you.
POOPs have several pawsome events coming up over the next few months, so join our community on Facebook and we’ll keep you posted on any updates we post here.
Already part of the community? Pets of Older Persons thanks you!
Volunteer Group Dog Training
At Riverside Gardens (Bayswater) on 16 February 2019
Back by popular demand we have Nat McDonald from Dog Dialogue (www.dogdialogue.net) coming to host another dog training day!
Nat has over 12 years’ experience in canine behaviour management. She is qualified in animal behaviour and canine psychology training and is also a registered member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT Australia INC).
Many topics of dog behaviour will be covered, from introducing dogs to other dogs, understanding how to deal with high energy dogs and the most requested topic, which was how to manage dogs on lead.
This is a wonderful opportunity to gain some insights on dog behaviour, it is also a chance for volunteers to mingle and for POOPs pets to get acquainted with each other.
Annual Volunteers’ Holiday BBQ
On the 25th of November POOPs, held the annual volunteers’ BBQ at Kings Park. This is POOPs’ chance to say thank you to all of our volunteers that do so much for our community throughout the year. Over 40 volunteers and their families attended (both fur and human families) for a great afternoon of food and socializing!
Thanks to everyone that was able to join us and to Gary for your excellent skills on the grill.
Volunteer Group Dog Training
At Riverside Gardens (Bayswater) on 17 June 2018
Being a volunteer with POOPs means you get to walk dogs of all shapes and sizes and although we all love, love, love our four-legged friends, we are by no means experts when it comes to understanding why dogs do the things they do sometimes.
Luckily, volunteers were able to get some answers from the wonderful Nat McDonald from Dog Dialogue (www.dogdialogue.net). Nat has over 12 years’ experience in canine behaviour management. She is qualified in animal behaviour and canine psychology training and is also a registered member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT Australia INC).
We were in very good hands and Nat did her best to answer the wide-ranging questions volunteers raised. Many topics of dog behaviour were covered, from introducing dogs to other dogs, understanding how to deal with high energy dogs and the most requested topic, which was how to manage dogs on lead.
Not only was it a wonderful opportunity to gain some insights on dog behaviour, it was also a chance for volunteers to mingle and for POOPs pets to get acquainted (which at times was very entertaining). So much so that another training session may be organised at some stage – so watch this space!
Nedlands Volunteer Resource Centres “Give a Little Change a Lot” Expo
At Dalkeith Hall on 22 May 2018
Over 6 million Australians volunteer for organisations across the country. To help celebrate and acknowledge this immense kindness, Volunteering Australia established National Volunteer Week (NVW).
POOPs were delighted to be part of the 2018 expo presented by Nedlands Volunteer Resource Centre during NVW and take advantage of the opportunity to network with other volunteering organisations and recruit newbie volunteers.
If you didn’t make it to the event and are thinking about volunteering, head on over to our volunteering page and submit an application. We would love to have you on board!
Healthy Lifestyles Expo for 50s+
At Cockburn Health and Community Facility on 16 May 2018
We all know that a healthy lifestyle involves getting enough sleep, eating the right foods, saying no to pastries and doing regular exercise.
Not only can dogs help us with the exercise part, they can also help with our mental health. So, it made total sense that POOPs were part of this year’s Healthy Lifestyle Expo hosted by The City of Cockburn.
Recognition for Animal Welfare Contribution
At Parliament House on 08 May 2018
POOPs were honoured to be invited to Parliament House where over a hundred other representatives of volunteering groups and animal welfare advocates were thanked for their positive contribution to animal welfare.
The event was hosted by Lisa Baker MLA and speakers included the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan.