Animal advocacy rewarded
A lifetime of animal welfare advocacy was recognised when Margaret ( Meg) Wilson received a Queen’s Service Medal for her continued efforts.
When the Putaruru woman received news that she was to be awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to animal welfare her first thought was to decline it.
But then she looked at her seven cats, two dogs, turtles, goldfish and chooks and decided it wasn’t a bad thing after all.
‘‘I just felt there were so many more people out there in the animal world that just keep working away so hard – I really do feel very humble,’’ she said.
She has spent 25 years working with the SPCA and more recently has been the mastermind behind a South Waikato bric-a-brac store where all proceeds go to animal welfare.
The first store, in Putaruru, was so successful that a second was opened in Tokoroa and more than $50,000 has been raised in the past two years.
Mrs Wilson said she would have liked to open more but a serious head injury sustained two years ago has restricted her ability to open more Pet Animal Welfare Shops (PAWS).
PAWS is a South Waikato trust established for animal welfare.
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HUMBLE: Meg Wilson received a Queen’s Service Medal.