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