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PetPEP

Some friendly four-legged friends, various animal experts and Randwick City Council rangers have visited local primary schools to provide a range of information and teach some valuable skills about cats and dogs.

"It teaches children how to choose and prepare for a pet, how to be safe around pets, and how to treat all animals well," said Randwick City Council Ranger Coordinator, Janine Bourke.

"It is important that everyone understands how our pets affect other people, other animals and the environment, and that children begin to address these issues at a young age."

During the school visits, vets, dog trainers and wildlife experts covered relevant topics such as health issues, obedience and safety around unfamiliar dogs, and what to do if you find an injured animal.

"The PetPEP program is educating the next generation of pet owners," said Randwick vet Dr Marc Simpson.

St Anthony's Primary School, Maroubra Bay Public School, Kensington Public School, Chifley Public School and Rainbow Street Public School have all participated in PetPEP sessions.

For more information on the program, contact PetPEP on 1800 282 738.