An­i­mal ad­vo­cacy re­warded

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

PROUD PAR­ENTS: Toko­roa cou­ple Aleisha Tangime­tua and Tuaine Tuaine cud­dle their new­born

HUM­BLE: Meg Wilson re­ceived a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal.

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