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AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) is a not-for-profit charity that uses a One Health approach to coordinate veterinary and education programs in Indigenous communities. They’ve got a fundraising program for their work with The Dog Mob – the Kalumburu Veterinary Services and Education Program.

You can read more about AMRRIC’s work at Kalumburu – and more importantly, throw a few pounds their way for a pooch – by donating at their ACT website here.

The following is some background as a teaser. You can read more about the other fantastic work that AMRRIC does at their website.

The community of Kalumburu in the East Kimberly region is extremely isolated and there is no access to veterinary services. The nearest town is a 550 km trip away, and access is limited by weather and road conditions. Without access to veterinary services, the dog population will continue to increase resulting in health and wellbeing concerns for both the animals and the local community. It’s essential that this veterinary program visits Kalumbaru.

AMRRIC believes that veterinary services delivered in conjunction with education programs are the best way to promote responsible pet ownership.

AMRRIC plans to deliver a One Health program at Kalumburu, integrating veterinary and education programs. Your donation will be used to fund surgical desexing and anti-parasitic treatments for the local dog and cat population, as well as an education program about dog health and welfare. With your support our team plans to be in Kalumburu during July 2016.

Veterinary programs improve the health of dogs, so that they are less prone to parasites and have better body condition. Desexed animals live longer and healthier lives. Through surgical desexing, we prevent unwanted puppies; fewer dogs means less competition for food. Having a stable dog population that is desexed will also improve life for the people of Kalumbaru, as it reduces the nuisance of large packs of dogs and the mess from scavenging.

AMRRIC’s education program has established links with Kalumburu School and the Be A Friend to Your Dog program will be delivered to years 2-5, it will include lessons on:

  • dog, human and environmental health
  • hygiene around animals
  • animal empathy and
  • responsible pet ownership

AMRRIC will also provide training and a resource kit to local Environmental Health staff from the Kimberley Population Health Unit. This will allow them to continue the school education program beyond our visit.

Our team is dedicated to improving the health of the dogs and the lives of their owners.

AMRRIC is a DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) charity and will provide tax receipts for supporters who make a donation.

Social Impact

In Kalumburu we will improve the health of companion animals and help to create a healthier, safer and happier community.

In practical terms this means:

  • healthier and better behaved animals, where population numbers are under control;
  • owners who take responsibility for the health, wellbeing and behaviour of their animal companions;
  • community-based animal health and wellbeing programs delivered in conjunction with veterinary partners.

Track Record

AMRRIC has experience in delivering effective and efficient veterinary and education programs in remote communities.

We have partners in Kalumbaru including the Kimberley Population Health Unit (WA Health) which provide advice and assistance on logistic and cultural considerations during the program. Our local partners are also able to talk with community representatives to ensure the program is in keeping with community wishes.

AMRRIC veterinary programs help dog populations to stabilize, resulting in an improvement in the general health and condition of the dogs. Our education programs promote community discussion about the health and management of dogs, and get community members thinking about how they themselves can help to keep dogs happy, healthy and safe. When delivered together, veterinary and education programs have measurable impact on dog numbers, health and welfare, and give community members the knowledge and skills to care for their pets.

Hurdles to overcome

The cost and logistics of going to Kalumburu is significant as it is extremely isolated and we have to transport the veterinary and education team and their kit.