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Animal Welfare League NSW helps with the State's flood relief efforts




Animal Welfare League NSW continues to assist with the state’s flood relief and evacuation efforts


As heavy rain was pummelling parts of New South Wales this week and large swathes of the urban sprawl and regional areas were reeling under dangerous flood situations, Animal Welfare League NSW undertook rescue and relief operations in affected areas.

AWL NSW’s Mobile Vet Truck (MVT) along with volunteers and staff were urgently deployed to Castle Hill Showground at the request of the state government’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The team is providing emergency veterinary relief to companion animals and livestock in these moments 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 unfolding within the community, AWL NSW remained committed to providing a safe environment for all animals and keeping them and their families united against the adversities.

AWL NSW’s purpose-built B-Double trailer was stationed at the showground, with staff helping supply food, fresh drinking water, bedding, and towels to all animals in need. 

The veterinary team is also providing first aid and emergency treatment to all animals coming into our care.

The veterinary team at AWL NSW attended to several panic-stricken horses that made their way into the showgrounds after they were rescued fleeing the floods. After being monitored for any signs of hypothermia, pneumonia, and colic, the animals were then sheltered under rugs to provide care and comfort through the night. 

The team also assisted with general husbandry and feeding schedules to keep them healthy. Wound-cleaning, antibiotics and pain relief were provided to horses that were presented with mild injuries.

Animal Welfare League NSW veterinarians, support staff and volunteers have spent the last four days at Castle Hill Showground providing care to evacuated pets and livestock.

Some of the animals assisted include agricultural goats from an evacuated high school and horses that had fled from floodwaters in Wisemans Ferry.

In the midst of some truly heart-breaking events unfolding within the community, AWL NSW provided food supplies, bales of hay, and veterinary care which included various wound-cleaning, antibiotics and painkillers to treat minor injuries sustained from animals who tried to escape.

Today, the Animal Welfare League NSW Mobile Vet Truck has departed Castle Hill Showground as families and their animals begin to return to their homes.



AWL NSW CEO Mark Slater says, “It is encouraging and uplifting to see the community come together to help each other in need.” AWL NSW continues to assist with flood relief and rescue across the state to help families and their animals in need, and plans to deploy north next week.

Generous support from the community enables AWL NSW to be prepared for emergency relief and rescue efforts. 

Please donate on awlnsw.com.au/floods or call us on 02 8777 4461 to help us continue this critical service.

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 the generous support of the community.

MEDIA RELEASE, updated 26th March 2021
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