SA a leader in animal attack prevention among children

Program designed to educate young children about animal behaviour and responsibility.
Program designed to educate young children about animal behaviour and responsibility.

Domestic animal education provided to young students across the state is expected to help prevent dog and cat attacks within communities.

The Dog and Cat Management ‘Board’s Living Safely with Pets’ program has educated 31,885 reception to year 4 students across 296 SA schools.

The free initiative aims is to reduce the incidence of dog and cat related injuries.

The state government has revealed how SA has reached record numbers in assisting children about living safely with these animals.

This milestone, along with an all-time high of 67 per cent of all registered dogs now being microchipped, were revealed in the Dog and Cat Management Board’s 2016-17 Year in Review.

Key education includes teaching children to minimise their risk of a dog attack by changing their own behaviour by learning warning signs.

According to Dog and Cat Management Board chairperson Dr Felicity-ann Lewis, the program is structured learning that works to teach young ones how to live responsibly with animals.

“Having a pet as part of your family is a special and incredibly rewarding relationship, but it’s important our children learn safe and positive behaviours around dogs and cats,” she said.

The interactive program includes pet educators, suitability-tested dogs and an animated interactive tool called Pet Town.