COVID-19 has changed the way we live. But it won’t change the way we help.

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There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way many of us live. Here at Animal Welfare League NSW, our foster carers, vets, support staff and volunteers still continue to assist our community and the animals who have desperately needed us during these challenging times. From offering adoption, veterinary and re-homing services, to dealing with cases of animal cruelty and neglect, our passionate team remain optimistic, enthusiastic and committed because the welfare of our animals is at the heart of what we do.

Meet Brandon Cowan, AWL NSW Foster Care Officer

Brandon has been the Foster Care Officer with AWL NSW for over nine months now, and he wanted to share some of the amazing outcomes achieved over the last few weeks.

Brandon Cowan AWL NSW Foster Care Officer with a dog

“Despite the continuing hardships of COVID-19, demand for our services has actually increased – which is fantastic. I think it’s because people are craving companionship and understand the positive mental health benefits that animals can offer. Plus, of course there’s nothing better than having a cuddle partner in this time of social distancing!

I have been so lucky to be a part of some wonderful foster stories that make my job so rewarding. For example, cats Richard and Taylor were recently adopted by a family after spending over 400 days at our shelter. Two gorgeous little 15-year old dogs with extensive medical issues – Yasmin and Augustus – were taken in by a wonderfully compassionate foster carer. And Bernard, a 17-year-old cat, was given a loving furever home to see out his final days. Sadly, Bernard passed away a month later, but it was with his carer by his side, knowing that he was loved and adored until the very end.

However, with all of these cases, there are sacrifices and financial challenges involved as well. AWL NSW covers the cost of food and vet bills for the rest of these animals’ lives, and our foster carers often make huge lifestyle changes in order to commit to helping an animal in need. But when you see the difference a nurturing home environment makes to an animal that has been in a shelter for so long, you know that it’s all been worthwhile. I’ve basically got the best job in the world!” – Brandon Cowan.

Look how your donation can help!

As a smaller charity, we rely heavily on generous donations from people like you to enable our team continue to do their amazing work. We realise that many people are going through financial hardship, but if you can support us in any way, we would be so grateful. Your donation – whatever you can afford – will go a long way towards ensuring our dedicated foster carers and shelter teams can continue to assist our community and the animals that need us through the challenges that lay ahead. Let’s get through this together!

And lastly…We are working in conjunction with other legislative bodies and will be providing continual updates on the COVID-19 situation to ensure that we provide our community and our animals with the best possible care. Feel free to follow our social channels and please reach out to us if you need any help.

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