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11 May 2023

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Volunteers: the beating heart of Animal Welfare League Queensland

Volunteers help to care for more than 10,000 animals across Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast every year.

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is proud to honour its volunteers during National Volunteer Week, a week-long celebration that recognises the incredible work of volunteers across Australia.

From 15 – 21 May, AWLQ will join hundreds of organisations nationwide in acknowledging the tireless efforts of volunteers who generously give their time and skills to support our mission to help animals in need.

Volunteers are an essential part of the organisation’s work. Every day, they donate their time, energy, and expertise to ensure we can continue providing quality care to animals in need. An army of more than 800 volunteers comes from all walks of life. It brings many skills and experience to the organisation. Some work directly with animals, while others support our operations in administration, collecting donations, managing laundry and attending events.

AWLQ Spokesperson, Craig Montgomery, said AWLQ’s volunteers are the heart of our organisation.

“Their dedication and passion for animal welfare are inspiring, and we are incredibly grateful for everything they do. Without their support, we couldn’t continue our lifesaving work supporting animals in need.

“Each year, this tireless volunteer army gives 58,178 hours to help the AWLQ save animals’ lives and keep Queensland families together.”

AWLQ will highlight its volunteers’ work through social media and other channels during National Volunteer Week. We will share stories and photos of our volunteers and thank them for their contributions to our organisation. In addition, we hope to inspire others to volunteer and positively impact our community’s animals’ lives.

“AWLQ is always looking for more volunteers to continue their mission of rehoming stray and homeless animals. Promising never to euthanise a healthy, sociable or treatable animal, AWLQ relies on the community to save lives.”

If you want to volunteer with AWLQ, please visit our website at We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and offer a range of opportunities to get involved.


For all media enquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Craig Montgomery
Communications & PR Manager
0424 382 727

About Animal Welfare League Queensland

Founded in 1959, AWLQ has become a trusted leader in animal welfare. We provide a safe haven and second chance for more than 10,000 stray and homeless animals annually. To each of these animals we welcome through our doors, we promise never to euthanise a healthy, sociable, or treatable animal in our care. In addition to our shelter work, we are committed to keeping pets and people together by providing lifesaving support and resources to people in need with companion animals. We are known for our grassroots and innovative community-based animal welfare work, including our community vet clinics, Getting to Zero, Golden Hearts Seniors’ Support Program and the National Desexing Network.