A life­time of ser­vice

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

MAREE Hill made a fi­nal prom­ise to her father be­fore his death that she would look af­ter the Har­vey Bay An­i­mal Refuge’s an­i­mals and vol­un­teers.

Mrs Hill’s par­ents were the first care­tak­ers of the refugee which was born out of a con­ver­sa­tion at a lo­cal pub in 1975.

The refuge didn’t open it’s doors un­til 1977 but Mrs Hill and her fam­ily have been there from the start.

“I started when I was 22 and I think the pas­sion will stay with me un­til my last breath,” Mrs Hill said.

The refuge takes in cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes and finds them new homes with lov­ing, for­ever fam­i­lies.

Mrs Hill says the refuge ran solely with the help of do­na­tions and vol­un­teers.

“With­out the vol­un­teers it just wouldn’t ex­ist,” she said.

“They are the heart beat of the refuge each play­ing a dif­fer­ent role.”

The cen­tre has peo­ple work at trades, ad­min­is­tra­tion, ex­er­cis­ing the an­i­mals and hy­dro-bathing them.

Mrs Hill said there were many re­ward­ing as­pects of vol­un­teer­ing with the an­i­mals.

“Hear­ing the suc­cess sto­ries when peo­ple send you pho­tos or bring the pets back to visit af­ter they have found new homes is amaz­ing,” she said.

“We also take the an­i­mals to visit the nurs­ing homes.”

The refuge is lo­cated just off the Mary­bor­ough-Her­vey Bay Rd at Niken­bah.

It is open Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sat­ur­day from 10am to 4pm.

To find out more about how to be­come a vol­un­teer, call 4128 2722.

Photo: Alis­tair Bright­man

DED­I­CATED: Her­vey Bay An­i­mal Refuge vol­un­teers Bob Heath­cote (left) with Cal­laghan, Cary Lewis with Boots, Alexan­dra Good with Bac­ardi, Sally Walker with Simba, Karen Lewis with Char­lotte and Glenda Hare with Cooper.

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