Submitted by Steve on 13:22, 12th May, 2017 | 0

On Wednesday the GSPCA held a First Aid Course for cat owners.

3 local cat owners came along to learn how to save and help their feline friends if they have an accident, injury or health concern.

The GSPCA would like to thank Helen, Lava and Lexi for attending the Cat First Aid Course.

With well over 200 cats and often nearly 300 hit by cars a year in Guernsey knowing what to do to help a cat in an emergency can make a huge difference in their chances of survival.

Every year we hear of pet owners being faced with circumstances of their pets being injured or caused harm often through no fault but an accident.

To help pet owners each year we hold a series of training courses and we have set dates for first aid courses for those interested in helping dogs and cats.  Our next cat course is likely to now be in 2018 although if we have enough enquiries we will certainly run another this year.

The dates set for 2017 are: 

Dog First Aid 6.30pm - 8.45pm Thursday 18th May 2017 - Ref - Dog 18/05

Dog First Aid 6.30pm - 8.45pm Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - Ref - Dog 22/11

All first aid courses are a minimum £20 donation and you must book your place by the lunch time on the day of the training session.

Within the sessions you get the chance to learn about what to do if you were faced with an emergency situation with your dog or cat.  All participants receive handouts, a few goodies and a certificate.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "It was lovely to meet Helen, Lava and Lexi on Wednesday."

"With approximately 10,000 cats in Guernsey it is important we all know what to do if a cat is sick or injured which is often getting it to the vet as soon as possible but the course enables those attending to learn CPR and other ways to help an animal in need."

"The dog and cat first aid courses are designed to help those wanting to learn how to perform life saving first aid to their pets or animals they may come across."

"After the classroom theory we all went over the cattery for a tour, meet and even handle a few of the cats in our care."

"We cover all aspects of first aid for pets from CPR to seizures and all for just £20 which goes towards helping the many animals in our care at the GSPCA."

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