The thing I love most about my job is I get to complete most of my jobs with my best mate beside me. My best mate is pretty special, she doesn’t mind getting a bit grubby, she’s patient, easy going and unlike most girls, she’s not materialistic at all. You don’t meet many girls who are happy to get stuck into a messy plumbing job, but my best mate does it with no complaints. I was pretty lucky to find her and I guess she was pretty lucky to find me when I went to a Sydney Animal shelter. My best mate, Lucy, is a staffy and I rescued her over a year ago. She’s been a great apprentice ever since, she spends most of her time sitting in buckets or with her tongue out in the backseat of the car.
Not only is Lucy great on plumbing jobs but she also loves cuddling up on the couch now that the temperature is dropping outside. During Winter, Sydney Animal shelters are faced with a large number of abandoned animals who need somewhere to escape the cold. The Animal Welfare League in Ingleside is our local Animal Shelter and their Winter Appeal requires donations, volunteers and homes for pets.
The shelter rescues cats, dogs and other animals that have been left without a home. These animals would otherwise end up in pounds where if they aren’t adopted they can meet an untimely fate. The AWL spends over $500,000 on veterinary costs for abandoned animals each year. If you have the time and the room for a cat or dog you could be their new “furever home”. I highly recommend adopting an animal from Animal Welfare League NSW. Not only will you find yourself a new best mate, you’ll also be saving a life.
Adopting an animal from AWL NSW is one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. The animals at AWL’s three shelter across NSW are cared for, socialised, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and looking for their “furever home”. Before adopting you’ll have the chance to fill out a detailed questionnaire so that you are matched with the perfect animal.
Whether it be a dog, a cat or even a bunny rabbit, the staff want to ensure you get the right pet. For that reason, AWL staff recommend you bring the whole family and any dogs that you currently have in your care to ensure that the animal you choose gets along with the whole family.
If you don’t have the space or the other capabilities to adopt a pet, why not do the next best thing? The AWL NSW shelters at Ingleside and Kemp’s Creek are always looking for volunteers to help with general care duties with the animals as well as admin work in the office. If you have some spare time on the weekend or during the week simply send AWL NSW an email to express your interest in lending your time. Working with animals is a rewarding way to spend your time and you’re guaranteed to make a few tails wag while you’re there.
If you aren’t sure you have the time to make it to one of AWL NSW’s shelters to volunteer then why not give some of your spare change to a good cause? AWL NSW relies solely on the generous donations of kind individuals and is always looking for a little extra to help fund veterinary costs, housing and feeding. AWL NSW is currently holding a Winter Appeal that hopes to raise $150 000 to continue to care for animals that need somewhere safe to get out of the cold. Any donation over $2 is tax deductible and by donating you will know that your money is going towards helping a cat, dog or rabbit that really needs it this winter.
If you’re looking for a best mate like me, or if you just want to volunteer your time to help cats and dogs that need a bit of love, contact the Animal Welfare League NSW they would love to have your help. Getting a new pet is exciting and you can make it an even better experience by rescuing an animal that really needs you. Support one of the many Sydney Animal shelters– there’s really no better feeling.