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AWL NSW partners with Dubbo Regional Council to improve animal welfare

AWL NSW pledges support to the Dubbo Regional Council to address animal welfare issues in the region

As part of our ongoing efforts to usher in better welfare outcomes for animals in the community across regional New South Wales, Animal Welfare League NSW has pledged its support to the Dubbo Regional Council (DRC).

The partnership was announced this week in Dubbo, and will help deliver essential vaccinations, microchipping and desexing services for animals abandoned or surrendered to the Dubbo City Animal Shelter.

According to statistics provided by DRC, there has been a significant increase in the number of animals being surrendered to the local pound. Reports also indicate that despite best efforts, a significant number of pets from Dubbo and its surrounding areas go without timely vaccinations and desexing. Working closely with the local animal shelter, AWL NSW is hoping to help address such concerns from within the community and assist the council in rehoming pets.

Talking about this initiative, AWL NSW CEO Mark Slater says, “Vaccinations, microchipping and desexing are essential in maintaining the welfare status of animals within the community. We were presented with an opportunity to support the Dubbo council, and in this manner ensure a greater welfare outcome for companion animals, and those who need our help.”

He adds, “AWL NSW Inspector Naethuys from Dubbo Central West region was alerted by members of the Dubbo Animal Shelter to areas where AWL NSW could provide support. We are committed to providing our support and services to those doing it tough across regional New South Wales. We hope this will drastically reduce the numbers of animals being abandoned. We are dedicated in building care and compassion within the community and looking after those who need a helping hand.”

From May onward, the Mobile Vet Truck (MVT) - AWL NSW’s purpose-built B-Double Trailer – along with a team of veterinary doctors, nurses and staff members – are scheduled to be in Dubbo once a month, for the next 12 months, and will work closely with staff at the Dubbo City Animal Shelter.

Currently, AWL NSW has 19 volunteer-led branches across New South Wales, with a new branch at Dubbo set to open soon.

For more information, please call 0492 924 680, 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 the generous support of the community.

Contact Animal Welfare League NSW on (02) 8899 3333 or visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 16th April 2021

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