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Animal Welfare League NSW recognised for bushfire efforts with Premier citations

Gladys Berejiklian applauds AWL NSW’s bushfire efforts with Premier citations for 19 team members

On New Year’s Day 2020, the Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL NSW) Mobile Vet teams joined volunteers and staff to rush to the Far South Coast as first responders to the bushfire crisis that threatened lives and homes of the local communities.

To recognise AWL NSW’s service to the community during this catastrophic event, the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP NSW Premier has issued Premier citations for 19 members of the AWL NSW team, who were directly involved in our bushfire efforts or were on the field at various fire grounds across the state.

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

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

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

AWL NSW wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to our donors and supporters. Without their generosity, it would be difficult to cover multiple emergencies as we did same time last year and in early 2020. The public’s unwavering support strengthened our resolve in deploying rapidly during emergencies and disasters. 

The 2019-2020 bushfire emergency in Australia had a far-reaching impact on the community, tearing through lives and homes of thousands of people and wiping out over 1 billion animals. 

To help prepare our rapid response for future emergencies, please call (02) 8777 4461 or visit

About Animal Welfare League NSW

Animal Welfare League NSW™ is a registered charity that has been operating for over 60 years. We provide expert care to surrendered, neglected, and abandoned animals across NSW. We believe that all companion animals in NSW deserve a safe and loving home. We strive to accomplish this through our work in rehoming, education, and discount desexing programs. 

We are one of the only two regulating bodies authorised to exercise powers under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Our Inspectors are authorised to seize and prosecute cases of animal cruelty and neglect, and our team are on the road every day protecting animals, educating owners, providing emergency rescue, and investigating allegations of animal cruelty. As part of our ‘Getting to Zero’ philosophy we are committed to achieving zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable cats and dogs. 

Animal Welfare League NSW relies on relies on the generous support of the community.

MEDIA RELEASE, 17th December 2020

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