Wildlife hero honoured with award
THE International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has recognised an exceptional wildlife carer, Barbara Dobner, for her outstanding contribution to animal welfare by awarding her with the prestigious IFAW Action Award for Dedication to Wildlife Rescue.
Ms Dobner has been rescuing and caring for native wildlife for more than 18 years rehabilitating sick, injured and orphaned native animals.
“Her round-the-clock commitment and best-practice techniques have saved so many lives,” IFAW Asia Pacific director Erica Martin said.
“Caring for six or seven koalas, a few wallabies and several other needy animals at any one time is no easy job. Yet Barbara takes it in her stride and always puts the animals’ needs ahead of her own – she is truly a wildlife hero.”
Ms Dobner is one out of five animal heroes across Australia to receive IFAW accolades this year.
The other winners are:
- Ilona Roberts, of Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers Inc, Dedication to Wildlife;
- Dr Jan Spate, Outstanding Vet;
- the late Norma Faulkner, founder of DABS, who received the Lifetime Dedication Award; and
- Jenny Maclean, of Tolga Bat Hospital, being awarded with the Animal Welfare and Education Award.
“IFAW Action Awards celebrate the efforts of remarkable people who give their time, and often their own money, to improve the lives of animals. Barbara’s selfless dedication to the care of animals is inspirational and it is an honour to present her with the IFAW award. We hope that by highlighting some of these exceptional people more Australians will acknowledge and respect the important part that animals play in our global world,” Ms Martin said.
IFAW’s Animal Action Week is in its 17th year and takes place in 15 countries around the world. More than 1000 schools in Australia will be taking part this year, using specially designed IFAW education materials. Visit www.animalactionweek.com.au for further information.