Congratulations, Radelaide!! Thanks to you, The Animal Welfare League (AWL) of South Australia has celebrated it’s 3,000th adoption for the year.
Today, team members from the Winfield shelter were delighted to send young cat Lilyia to her forever home with her new best friend Renee and her mother Wendy.
Earlier this month, the AWL announced that they were going to try and reach 3,000 adoptions before the end of the financial year. AWL Public Relations and Communications Officer, Alexandra Stopford said that reaching this goal is an exciting feat, both for the team and for Lilyia’s new family.
“When we came in to tell them that they were our 3,000th adoption for the financial year and explained just how incredible a feat this was, Renee and her mother Wendy were over the moon – even close to tears,” Alexandra said.
“As Renee put it she had only come to adopt a cat and was not only taking home her new best friend, but also a bunch of great prizes.”
As a thank you for helping the shelter reach their goal, Renee and her mother Wendy have not only taken home the lucky white cat, but a load of Purina cat food, cat toys and a 40” Hisense LED TV donated by Harvey Norman in Gepps Cross.
The AWL has seen a 16% rise in adoption numbers since the last financial year. This year is the first time the organisation has reached 3,000 adoptions since 2008.
Alexandra, who has two rescued shelter animals of her own, was thrilled to hear that the milk-coloured moggy would be the special 3,000th adoption.
“We couldn’t really think of a more deserving animal,” Alexandra said.
“She had been brought to the AWL as a stray with an abscess that had burst and with the help of our vet team, staff and volunteers she was cared for until she was ready to find her forever home and that was with Renee and Wendy.
“Her circumstances and story, now coupled with her happily ever after, shows just how important the work of the AWL is and what it means to adopt.”
The good news is that not only are adoptions from shelters on the rise, the number of animals being left at shelters across the country is on the decline. This means that people are becoming more educated about what it means to be a responsible pet owner and making the conscious effort to adopt as opposed to purchasing their animals.
Anyone who is looking for a new best friend with a few extra legs can visit the AWL’s Wingfield or Edinburgh North Shelters. There you can visit all of the animals currently available for adoption.
Alternatively, jump on the AWL website to see all available animals and to find out more about the great work that they do.