Teresa’s heart­felt role

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - MATT GILBERT­SON

TERESA Palmer re­mem­bers vividly when a nun at her school found a kit­ten on the grounds of Mercedes Col­lege.

“She knew that my mum loved an­i­mals, so this cat, Black­wood, ended up be­ing our fam­ily cat,” Teresa says.

“I was only five when I got him. I slept with him, he fol­lowed me ev­ery­where. He died when I was 21, so he had a happy, long life with us.

“My mum has a very big heart, a nur­tur­ing spirit. She’s cared for lots of an­i­mals.”

Now Teresa is hop­ing to en­cour­age oth­ers to think about adopt­ing a pet over the hol­i­day sea­son by be­com­ing an am­bas­sador for the RSPCA.

“If you have a space in your heart and your home, I think it’s a re­ally good idea to adopt an an­i­mal that’s look­ing for a new fam­ily,” she says.

“An­i­mals are so im­por­tant and mean­ing­ful for us and they de­serve to be treated beau­ti­fully. Hope­fully, (this) will en­cour­age more peo­ple to re­ally care for an­i­mals.”

But Teresa also warns that it’s a dis­ci­sion not to be taken lightly.

“I rec­om­mend peo­ple re­ally sit on the idea of hav­ing an an­i­mal be­fore get­ting one, and think about what long-term com­mit­ment to that an­i­mal looks like and whether they re­ally have what it takes to do it,” she says.

“Peo­ple have to re­alise that tak­ing on an an­i­mal is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. You’ve got to be ready to care for that an­i­mal for its life­time, not just while it’s in the cute puppy or kit­ten stage.”

Pic­ture: TOM HUNTLEY

HELLO KITTY: Teresa Palmer with hus­band Mark and sons Bodhi, 4, and For­est, 2, cud­dle their new kit­tens adopted from the Lons­dale RSPCA shel­ter.

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