Animal Rights and Rescue Group president Barbara Steffensen (left) and secretary Suzanne Lavis with two of the six kittens abandoned by their owner.
Animal Rights and Rescue Group president Barbara Steffensen (left) and secretary Suzanne Lavis with two of the six kittens abandoned by their owner. The Northern Star

Plea for help to save furry friends

LISMORE animal carer Paul Slessor is asking Northern Rivers residents to help him save our furry friends.

Mr Slessor is a volunteer carer for the Animal Rights and Rescue Group, a small self-funded organisation which works tirelessly to save unwanted and injured animals. The group is currently in desperate need of more foster carers.

"Due to the high number of unwanted and dumped pets, we need more foster carers to comfort these homeless animals until a suitable home is found," Mr Slessor said.

"Animals are no different to humans, they don't like being alone and they need to feel wanted," he said.

Mr Slessor said carers were the key to the rescue groups' entire operation and it could not expand without them.

"Carers, volunteers and donations are vital for the group, so we are trying to capitalise on the goodwill of our community," Mr Slessor said.

The work of Animal Rights and Rescue has helped slash animal euthanasia rates in Lismore by half. Despite this success, Mr Slessor said there was still a long way to go.

"We are only dipping our toes in the ocean when we could be swimming in it. Having more carers could help us to do bigger and better things," he said.

But not everyone can become a carer. Animal Rights and Rescue questions applicants to make sure they have the 'right attitude' and a 'suitable housing environment'.

Mr Slessor said people wanting to make a rewarding difference in the lives of unwanted, injured and abandoned animals needed a fenced yard, quality time and, most of all, compassion and affection.

Food and vet care training is provided by Animal Rights and Rescue, based at Three Chain Road Lismore. For information call 66221881 or visit www.animalrights.org.au.


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