The Animal Welfare League Gunnedah branch has recently received a $2000 donation from the Forsyths Foundation. 

The animal charity is focused on the protection and welfare of animals, largely by rehoming the abandoned, neglected and surrendered.

The branch opened in March this year and has become a service the area relies on. 

The league has had a warm welcome, especially after the free mobile vet clinic that pet owners benefitted from last month.

The heartwarming stories and hard work of volunteers had staff members at the Gunnedah Forsyths office eager to give back.

The Forsyths Foundation enables staff members to contribute a portion of their salaries to be annually donated with the firm matching each dollar.

The Gunnedah branch chose to support the Animal Welfare League this year.

Animal Welfare League Gunnedah branch president Linda Taylor was at Forsyths’ Gunnedah office on behalf of the charity to receive the donation.

“The donation is just something that we are so grateful for,” she said. 

The $2000 will most likely go towards medical bills as it is overwhelmingly the branch’s biggest expenditure.

Animals that come into the branch need to keep up-to-date with vet checks, vaccinations and desexing which quickly adds up.

Some cases may need more medical attention.

“We have animals in cruelty cases that need a lot of help, a lot of care and medical attention and that’s where our funds go to and why we are here,” Ms Taylor said.

She confirmed the donation will stay in the Gunnedah branch so it can continue to help local animals.

“Any medical treatment that somebody might need but cannot afford it, we try to help out there as well,” she said.

The branch also helps people with pet desexing vouchers.

The Animal Welfare League runs on donations and the help of volunteers and foster animal carers.

The league has seen other kindhearted people donate items which are used by the branch for its garage sales and on ‘buy, swap and sell’ to raise money. 

“We are more than grateful, we never say no,” she said.

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