Go behind the scenes at the SPCA

By Melissa Nightingale

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JOIN THE FUN: Ralph, the Wanganui SPCA mascot, holds centre cat Leela, while centre manager Francie Fils shows off two young kittens who will soon be off to foster homes.
JOIN THE FUN: Ralph, the Wanganui SPCA mascot, holds centre cat Leela, while centre manager Francie Fils shows off two young kittens who will soon be off to foster homes.

Whanganui people can take a look behind the scenes at the Wanganui SPCA next weekend during what may be its first open day.

"We're unaware of it ever being done in Whanganui," said general manager Danny Auger.

"This may well be a first."

The open day will be held on Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and will give members of the public an opportunity to check out the building, talk to staff and local vets, and take part in activities.

"It's a really good opportunity for the general public to see a little bit behind the scenes," Mr Auger said.

The quarantine and vet rooms will be open for people to have a look, and visitors will get the chance to learn more about how the centre operates.

Mr Auger said "microchipping for cheap" would be running, and local vets and the radio would be present. There will be a petting zoo, face-painting, a bouncy castle and a sausage sizzle, among other things.

Staff would also answer questions about their work in dealing with complaints or rescuing animals.

"It's about raising awareness ... what we do, what we promote." A gold-coin entry will help fundraise for the SPCA.
Mr Auger said open days had been held at other SPCAs and they were "obviously a lot of fun". The Wanganui SPCA is at 134 London St.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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