Australian Charity of the Month – Animal Welfare League NSW
~ April 2018
Animal Welfare League NSW is a registered Australian charity that has been caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals for 60 years. There are 15 Animal Welfare League branches located across NSW, all managed and operated by dedicated volunteers.
In Australia, it is estimated that the number of healthy and treatable cats and dogs being abandoned and killed in pounds, shelters and vet clinics each year in Australia is in the hundreds of thousands. Of those entering some shelters, euthanasia rates often range between 20 – 30% of dogs and 30 – 60% of cats.
Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL) is committed to achieving zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs within the community. In August 2011, AWL committed to the Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) model. Sponsored by AWL Queensland, the Getting to Zero Model details the principles, structures and strategies for achieving zero killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs (greater than 90% of all incoming stray and surrendered cats and dogs) in whole communities. In committing to this model, AWL has made significant gains in increased adoption rates and decreased euthanasia rates. As of 2015, statistics indicate that euthanasia rates have dropped from 30% in 2011 to just 5%. To learn more about how you and your community can participate in this initiative, please visit the G2Z website for further details.
AWL provides a range of services in addition to providing care and shelter for animals. Other operations include responding to reports of animal cruelty or neglect, a full service veterinary hospital, a discounted desexing program, foster care, community education, pet boarding and bequest program.
There are many ways in which you too can help AWL in their ongoing efforts to continue to provide the care and shelter needed. Firstly, if you’re considering a family pet, please adopt and don’t shop. There are so many shelter animals waiting for their forever home, you’d be sure to find the right companion for you and your family. On the AWL website you’ll also find information on volunteer opportunities, fundraising suggestions and how to make a direct donation. If you can’t afford to donate or would like to make additional ongoing contributions, then sign up with Shop it Forward and nominate AWL or any of our other charities. By signing up, you’ll be able to fundraise even more at no extra cost to you or the charity.
We are very proud to be able to provide an alternative fundraising source to assist AWL in reaching their funding goals and we look forward to promoting the great work that they do throughout the month of April. We hope you’ll join us, sign up and start supporting AWL every time you shop online. It’s free to give back.