Bringing joy to a town in need.

To help spread some festive cheer to a community doing it tough, the Animal Welfare League NSW™ (AWL NSW) Mobile Vet service will be visiting the town of Tamworth, NSW between 20 – 21 December 2019 to provide free veterinary services for pension/concession cardholders.

Why Tamworth?

The NSW regional city of Tamworth – with a population of 62,000 people – has been hit hard by drought and is currently facing Stage 5 water restrictions, meaning all residential outdoor use of treated/town/council water is banned, and cleaning of vehicle windows, windscreens, number plates, and mirrors can be done for safety and regulatory purposes with buckets only.

The NSW State Government has also cut off the river that supplies the northern NSW city of Tamworth in an emergency measure to stave off day zero, hoping to save water by piping it to town instead. The once-proud Peel River – also described as a “glorified creek” by those who know and love it – is the lifeblood to the Tamworth which is heavily dependent on agriculture and was facing the prospect of running dry in six months without urgent intervention.

Tamworth Mayor Col Murray said the city had no groundwater and had run out of alternatives. “You can’t truck water to a city like Tamworth, it’s just not an option,” he said. “You would have to have a B-double load of water unloading every six minutes, 24/7. That’s just not practical – you wouldn’t have trucks available and … where would you get the water?” Reference: Sydney Morning Herald

Keepit Dam on the Namoi River, north-west of Tamworth, all but ran dry at the end of 2018.

What is AWL NSW doing in Tamworth?

The AWL NSW Mobile Vet service will be traveling to Tamworth in the days leading up to Christmas to help alleviate some of the financial hardship that the region is experiencing due to drought. The AWL NSW veterinary team will be providing free vaccinating and vet-checks to pets owned by local pension/concession cardholders in the area and members from the AWL NSW Tamworth branch will also be there to assist. Locals will also have the chance to see first-hand the overwhelming size of the vet clinic and its internal fit-out.

What: AWL NSW Mobile Vet service providing FREE vaccinations and vet-checks for local cats and dogs.*
When: 20-21 December 2019
Where: Paceway Tamworth (24/60 Showground Rd, Taminda NSW 2340)
Time: 8am – 2pm
Who: Available for Tamworth locals with a pension or concession card
*cats must be in a carrier-cage and all dogs must be on lead.

Please click here if you would like to donate to help AWL NSW provide these services

How can you help?

AWL NSW would not be able to run these important community programs without the ongoing support of kind and generous donors. If you can, please consider supporting this cause, any donation no matter how small is appreciated. Donations can be made online, by calling AWL NSW on 02 8777 4461 or via PayPal here. 

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