As heavy rain continues to pummel parts of New South Wales, and large swathesof the urban sprawl and regional areas reel under dangerous flood situations,Animal Welfare League NSW is currently undertaking rescue and reliefoperations in affected areas.
AWL NSW’s Mobile Vet Truck (MVT) along with volunteers and staff have beenurgently deployed to Castle Hill Showground at the request of the stategovernment’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The team is providingemergency veterinary relief to companion animals and livestock in thesemoments of crisis.
Several areas across NSW have been declared to be in a state of emergency,with thousands of people and their animals getting trapped in disaster-stricken areas. In the middle of these truly heartbreaking events unfoldingwithin the community, AWL NSW is committed to providing a safe environment forall animals and keeping them and their families united against theadversities.
AWL NSW’s purpose-built B-Double trailer is currently stationed at theshowground, with staff helping supply food, fresh drinking water, bedding, andtowels to all animals in need. The veterinary team is also providing first aidand emergency treatment to all animals coming into our care.
The veterinary team at AWL NSW has attended to several panic-stricken horsesthat made their way into the showgrounds after they were rescued fleeing thefloods. Currently, they are being monitored for any signs of hypothermia,pneumonia, and colic. The animals have been sheltered under rugs to providecare and comfort through the night. The team has also been assisting withgeneral husbandry and feeding schedules to keep them healthy. Wound-cleaning,antibiotics and pain relief are also being provided to horses that werepresented with mild injuries.
At present, major evacuation efforts are underway in regions along the Coloriver in Sydney’s north-west, and a sharp rise is expected in the number ofanimals that are brought into the evacuation centre.
Currently, AWL NSW continues to carry out relief efforts at the location untilfurther notice and updates from authorities.
AWL NSW CEO Mark Slater says, “It is encouraging and uplifting to see thecommunity come together to help each other in need. We are closely monitoringthe situation and will continue to assist in relief efforts across theregion.”
Generous support from the community enables AWL NSW to be prepared foremergency relief and rescue efforts. Please donate on awlnsw.com.au/floodsor call us on 02 8777 4461 to help us continue this critical service.
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