Isuzu’s MAC providing animal haven

Animals in need now have a new helper on the road with the RSPCA’s Isuzu-built Mobile Animal Care vehicle (MAC).

Launched in February by the RSPCA, MAC is a custom-built Isuzu FSD 850 model truck equipped to treat injured animals and provide veterinary assistance on the go, especially during natural disasters.

The idea of MAC was born during the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. It was estimated that around one million animals perished in the disaster. 

According to Helen Cocks, Executive Manager of Animal Services, RSPCA Victoria, the Black Saturday fire identified the need for mobile veterinary assistance. “When you are fighting against nature and trying to save animals' lives, you need a vehicle that is functional and reliable,” she said. “The Isuzu FSD 850 fits all the requirements we need to support a host of animal welfare services. It is a multi-purpose vehicle with a body that has flexibility in mind, and a model that is dependable and can be used in a variety of situations as well as be on call 24/7.”  

The services that MAC provides include surgical and emergency support for disasters, acting as a mobile de-sexing, micro-chipping and vaccination unit and acting as the mobile headquarters for communicating and coordinating animal welfare emergency services for the RSPCA.

The MAC Isuzu also provides support for RSPCA inspectors who investigate complaints of cruelty and neglect, attend to sick and injured stray animals or those that have been abandoned, as well as provide guidance and education to animal owners where necessary. 

The RSPCA is a community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. The Victorian branch encompasses 120 employees across 10 shelters with an additional 2,000 volunteers.

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