ABC News, Nov 16 2009
A northern rivers animal welfare group has won international recognition.
Animal Rights and Rescue was recently presented with a Shining World compassion award.
The group’s founder, Barb Steffenson, says the award vindicates the group’s no-kill policy of finding new homes for all the animals it takes into care.
She says the prize money of 10-thousand dollars could not have come at a better time.
“We’ve had a very big struggle this year like a lot of charities with the financial drop off in donations and loss of volunteers so, it came out of the blue,” Ms Steffenson said.
“This 10 thousand has boosted us to around 25 thousand,” she said.
“We needed to raise 50 thousand, and it’s not only that, it’s the boost to the volunteers,” Ms Steffenson said.
“I mean, it’s a great honour and everyone here deserves it, they work so hard, it’s a heart-breaking job,” she said.