Gold Coast honours 2009 category winners 2009

Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper,18 September 2009

Joy Verrinder, Community

“JOY Verrinder has long been working hard for her community and it was about time the community gave her a special thanks.

The strategic development officer at the Animal Welfare League took her Gold Coast Community Award home with pride last night.

Having strived for zero euthanasia for unwanted cats and dogs for the past seven years, Joy said she was glad to be recognised for her contributions.

“First of all, this is a team effort as I work with the Animal Welfare League,” she said.

`We are passionate about achieving zero euthanasia and we think we’ll be the first city to achieve it.”

Joy started with the AWL in 2002 and with her team has reduced the euthanasia rate from 4000 cats and dogs in 2001 and 2002 to 1357 Gold Coast animals this year.

Her work convinced the State Government to act, making the registering of all cats mandatory earlier this year. Joy is now president of Animals Australia and fights for the rights of almost every animal, including pigs and chickens.

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