Great Southern animal protectors

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Great Southern animal protection volunteers, Megan Hall, Caillie Carpenter, Dusty Babativa Rodriguez and Kayleigh Saunders.
Camera IconGreat Southern animal protection volunteers, Megan Hall, Caillie Carpenter, Dusty Babativa Rodriguez and Kayleigh Saunders. Credit: Laurie Benson

When Albany woman Megan Hall saw a gap in Albany’s animal welfare system, she decided to start her own group.

After years of volunteering as an animal carer in town, Ms Hall realised there were not enough organisations that extended their service into remote parts of the region.

One of five rescued kittens from Bremer Bay.
Camera IconOne of five rescued kittens from Bremer Bay. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

That was when she decided to form Great Southern Animal Protection, with Kayleigh Saunders and other local animal welfare fans.

“GSAP covers all the Great Southern area, with our mission being to help those animals in smaller communities that get overlooked,” she said.

“A great example of this is when we had a late night phone call from someone saying they had found all these newborn kittens in an outdoor lounge.

Great Southern animal protection volunteers, Megan Hall, Caillie Carpenter, Dusty Babativa Rodriguez and Kayleigh Saunders with six rescued kittens from Bremer Bay.
Camera IconGreat Southern animal protection volunteers, Megan Hall, Caillie Carpenter, Dusty Babativa Rodriguez and Kayleigh Saunders with six rescued kittens from Bremer Bay. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

“Even though it’s better to leave the kitten with its mumma cat but because it was in a property where they can’t have cats we need to grab it off them really quickly.

“Luckily we have really dedicated volunteers who were able to drive to Bremer Bay and pick them up.”

As well as servicing remote areas, the group also takes on all types of animals — rehoming ponies, ducks, pet mice and chooks to name a few.

Kayleigh Saunders with one of the rescued kittens.
Camera IconKayleigh Saunders with one of the rescued kittens. Credit: Laurie Benson

To raise money for their activities, Ms Hall said the group organised fundraisers and left donation bins at local businesses.

“Every week we put a list of business that have donations bin in their premises and ask people specifically what we need for that week – like cat or dog food maybe,” she said.

GSAP is also organising a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, October 19, as part of the nationwide Garage Sale Trail. For more see GSAP on Facebook.

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