RSPCA WA advocates for dogs and cats on Halloween

Geraldton Guardian
RSPCA Geraldton president Steve Duda and dog Poppy dressed for Halloween at the Duda's Mount Tarcoola home.
Camera IconRSPCA Geraldton president Steve Duda and dog Poppy dressed for Halloween at the Duda's Mount Tarcoola home. Credit: Tamra Carr The Geraldton Guardian

Critics of Halloween often slam the spooky festivities as an example of Australia becoming Americanised, but academics at Deakin University think that ship has sailed.

According to a paper published by the Victorian institution, ghosts, ghouls and witches have “caught on entirely” in Australia, with the October 31 celebration becoming more prominent.

As the increasingly popular event looms, RSPCA WA has come out to advocate for the dogs and cats likely to be dressed up in miniature Halloween costumes.

“Pets devouring toxic Halloween treats and being dressed up in costumes which could cause stress or discomfort are areas of particular concern for RSPCA WA,” spokesman Richard Schoonraad said. “We’d encourage pet owners to rethink whether dressing their pet up for Halloween is really necessary.

“No animals should be made to feel uncomfortable for the sake of a laugh or a cute picture.”

The RSPCA WA has also asked pet owners to keep their dogs inside if trick-or-treating is popular in their suburb and to be mindful dogs may not recognise them and may behave strangely if they are dressed in costume.

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