On New Year’s Day 2020, the Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL NSW) Mobile Vetteams joined volunteers and staff to rush to the Far South Coast as firstresponders to the bushfire crisis that threatened lives and homes of the localcommunities.

To recognise AWL NSW’s service to the community during this catastrophicevent, the Honorable Gladys Berejiklian MP NSW Premier has issued Premiercitations for 19 members of the AWL NSW team, who were directly involved inour bushfire efforts or were on the field at various fire grounds across thestate.

AWL NSW provides vital veterinary intervention and conducts animal rescue,rehabilitation and rehoming. Our inspectorate and veterinarians are often onthe frontline to treat and save native wildlife, livestock and companionanimals during emergencies and other sudden unforeseen situations.

AWL NSW CEO Mark Slater will be presenting the citations and lapel pins to allthe recipients on December 18 2020. He says, “Our efforts went on for threemonths and saw some of our staff working not only under duress but insituations that tested their professional capacity and mettle as humans.”

Slater also acknowledged the invaluable contributions of AWL NSW members whoremained at our shelters across the region to provide solace and support toanimals in our care, despite going through stressful situations on thepersonal front.

AWL NSW wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to our donors andsupporters. Without their generosity, it would be difficult to cover multipleemergencies as we did same time last year and in early 2020. The public’sunwavering support strengthened our resolve in deploying rapidly duringemergencies and disasters.

The 2019-2020 bushfire emergency in Australia had a far-reaching impact on thecommunity, tearing through lives and homes of thousands of people and wipingout over 1 Billion animals.

To help prepare our rapid response for future emergencies, please call 02 87774461 or visit awlnsw.com.au

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