Every year hundreds of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are rescued and given a new chance in life by dedicated and caring members of the Animal Welfare League.
Earlier this month it was the Great Lakes and Manning Animal Welfare League NSWs op shop’s turn, which has been ‘rescued’ and given a new lease of life.
The make-over was made possible thanks to a generous monetary donation from Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club and Club Forster, along with carpentry skills from members of the Men’s Shed.
Branch president, Marg Steel was delighted and overwhelmed with the donations.
“Thank you so much; we wouldn’t have been able to do this without them.”
Marg explained all monies raised through op shop sales was used only for the welfare of the animals.
Now, thanks to the donations the popular Tuncurry-based op shop has a new floor and shelving to house the hundreds of donated items for sale.
Marg believes it is a good 17 years since the shop was opened at its present location, and in need a a good spruce up.
About 18 volunteers work in the shop along with six cat and dog carers.
During the past financial year 102 cats and kittens and 30 dogs and puppies locally have been surrendered to the league.
“Except for a few which were either ill or bad tempered, all were re-homed,” Marg said.
With the welfare of cats and dogs firmly at the forefront, the league holds three desexing drives and two microchipping programs – in conjunction with RSPCA Taree and local vets – annually.
Before going to their new homes all animals are microchipped, vet checked, vaccinated, wormed and fleaed.