Animal Rights & Rescue Group volunteer Jennifer Simpson with Lottie, one of the kittens currently in care. ARRG’s Doorknock Appeal is this weekend.
Animal Rights & Rescue Group volunteer Jennifer Simpson with Lottie, one of the kittens currently in care. ARRG’s Doorknock Appeal is this weekend.

Animals are worth it

If someone comes knocking at your door this weekend don’t hide yourself away: it’s not Telstra, Austar or the Mormons. It’s actually a hard-working and friendly Animal Rights & Rescue Group (ARRG) volunteer looking for donations to help abused and abandoned animals in the region.

ARRG founder Barbara Steffensen said the organisation operates solely on donations and this is the first time they have held a Doorknock Appeal since it began in 1995.

“All the government agencies call us for help to rescue animals, we get treated almost like an extension of government, but we don’t get any funding,” she said. “We get all those calls because there’s no RSPCA branch or shelter in the area and people have come to trust us and the work we do. Local MPs have tried to get us funding but haven’t been successful and we get no funds from local councils either.”

She said it costs thousands to run the facility.

“There’s feeding the animals, vet bills, phone calls, running costs, petrol… the volunteers already pay for a lot themselves,” Barbara said. “Vet bills alone cost us $3-4000 a month and the yearly expenditure is around $95,000 – I don’t know how we do it sometimes.

“We ask people to please be generous when people come to your home and bear in mind these people are volunteers, giving their time on the weekend to help us raise funds.”

The Doorknock Appeal is happening right around Lismore this Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, from 9am to 4pm each day. Volunteers will have official ID badges and receipts for all donations will be issued.

Another way you can help is to adopt your very own kitten, puppy, cat or dog and give it a good home. ARRG has two adoption days coming up on Saturday, March 13 and 27, at the ARRG headquarters at 135 Three Chain Road, South Lismore (just past Youngberry’s nursery). The adoption days run from 9am to 3pm.

For more information, phone ARRG on 6622 1881 or visit www.animalrights.org.au to see some of the animals who need a new home.


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