The Animal Welfare League NSW mobile vet truck with vet and vet nurses has been a huge help to evacuees at Castle Hill Showground.
The AWL team is providing emergency veterinary relief to companion animals and livestock and has attended to several panic-stricken horses that made their way into the showgrounds after they were rescued fleeing the floods.
They have also been assisting with general husbandry and feeding schedules to keep the animals healthy, with staff helping supply food, fresh drinking water, bedding, and towels to animals in need.
The Mobile Vet Truck (MVT) along with AWL NSW volunteers and staff were deployed to Castle Hill Showground at the request of the state government’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI).
AWL NSW CEO Mark Slater said: “It is encouraging and uplifting to see the community come together to help each other in need. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to assist in relief efforts across the region.”
Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne visited the Castle Hill Showground and thanked Animal Welfare League NSW and for the “incredible work” they are doing to ensure the pets of people who have had to be evacuated are safe and well.
“It’s great that council is able to offer the Showground as a facility that can be used in times of need, as our way of helping out,” she said.
Australia’s first, fully-fitted out B-Double vet trailer was designed to enable AWL NSW to travel to regional areas in NSW to provide desexing, vaccination and microchipping programs to communities doing it tough.
The Animal Welfare League GETS MOBILE It features specially-designed areas to conduct minor animal surgeries (such as desexing) as well as an isolation room and over 35 recovery cages and is funded by community donations. To donate visit www.awlnsw.com.au/floods.
Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter at Mulgrave is closed to the public after the shelter lost power. The animals have been evacuated and have been relocated to Blacktown Animal Holding Facility and an animal shelter in the Cumberland City LGA. A Hawkesbury Council spokesman said: “Rest assured our animals are safe and are being well looked after by our staff.”