Pictured at the Animal Rights and Rescue Shelter in South Lismore are volunteer Debbie Edwards, left, and co-ordinator Barbara Steffensen, with small terrier cross puppies dumped in Kyogle, and staffy cross pups rescued in Lismore.
Pictured at the Animal Rights and Rescue Shelter in South Lismore are volunteer Debbie Edwards, left, and co-ordinator Barbara Steffensen, with small terrier cross puppies dumped in Kyogle, and staffy cross pups rescued in Lismore. Cathy Adams

ARRG needs your support

WITH almost 100 animals in care, plus ever increasing food and vet bills, Animal Rights and Rescue Group (ARRG) Lismore needs your help.

In the 25 years since the charity was founded, ARRG has rescued and re-homed more than 13,000 cats, dogs and other pets - all at a cost.

Founder Barbara Steffensen said the ARRG operated on a 'no kill' policy and had annual expenses of more than $120,000 a year.

Ms Steffensen said the organisation's food and veterinary bills for May came to $6000.

"Some months that can escalate to $10,000 if we have high treatment costs for some animals," she said.

Totally reliant on donations and with no RSPCA animal shelters in NSW north of Coffs Harbour, Ms Steffensen said demand for ARRG services was ever increasing, making finances tight.

"A lot of the regular charity income we received has dropped off badly in the past couple of years."

"We don't get any grants and rely on donations from the public through our fundraising, our website and appeals through Facebook."

Due to increased financial pressures, Ms Steffensen said some people can't afford their pets, so they contact ARRG to take their animals as they knew it was a no-kill group.

"This extra increase in numbers has really hit us badly and we are still struggling to get animals off death row in local pounds."

Last week ARRG saved six dogs destined for death from council pounds at Lismore and Kyogle.

The influx of unwanted animals could be slowed by desexing programs like the one offered by the group.

Can you help?

ARRG is looking for new members, volunteers at the ARRG Lismore Centre, volunteer drivers, animal carers and anyone who would like to educate school children about pets. For more information, visit animalrights.org.au or call 6622 1881.



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