Animal rescue group celebrates anniversary, considers future
THE Lismore-based Animal Rights and Rescue Group's 20th anniversary party on the weekend was a celebration of the 12,000 animals that have been rescued, but also a time to reflect on the future, founder Barbara Steffensen said.
The Lismore City Councils' rejection of a funding application for the not-for-profit ARRG means that corporate sponsors will have to fill the void, Ms Steffensen said.
"Lismore has to ask itself do they want us here. We are self-funded and only survive because of the generosity of the public and our volunteers."
Many of the volunteers put time in at the ARRG as part of the practical requirements of their study courses. Yvonne Benjamin is studying animal companionship at TAFE and said without the ARRG there were very few options to gain hands-on experience with pets.
"I do two days a week and I am lucky to have it; if you can't get into a vet clinic, there is nowhere else to go," she said.
The birthday party included a parade of animals that had been saved by the shelter and put into new homes with a loving owner.
Animals were judged for the best dressed and their ability to perform tricks. A staffie bull terrier rescued from Sydney, had the best outfit - a pink tutu and tiara.