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Emily's passion for animals

Emily Rhea from Richlands, pictured with Jackie the staffy, is completing a one year indigenous traineeship witth the RSPCA Queensland shelter at Fairfield.
Emily Rhea from Richlands, pictured with Jackie the staffy, is completing a one year indigenous traineeship witth the RSPCA Queensland shelter at Fairfield.

SIX months ago Emily Rhea had had enough of school and decided it was time to leave.

But far from slacking off, the 15-year-old is now halfway through an indigenous training program in animal welfare thanks to a partnership between RSPCA Queensland, Boystown and Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.

“I got involved through Boystown, who showed it to me,” she said.

“I've been doing everything from the ambulance for wildlife to cleaning pens and customer service.

“I just lend a hand where it's needed.”

Emily said she had been keen to get involved in the traineeship because she had always loved animals, and was hoping to continue in this field after the completion of the program.

“It's been really good, but I was really nervous when I first started,” she said.

“I'd like to be involved in wildlife (caring), it's just different every day and you see different animals.”

RSPCA Queensland chief inspector Mick Pecic said the whole project had been tremendously exciting.

“This fuels our goal of actually having indigenous inspectors promoting and teaching animal welfare in remote communities,” he said.

“It has been immensely pleasing to see how well the trainees have fitted in and how conscientious they have become in their day to day work.”


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