Volunteering brings joy to animal lover


The Animal Welfare League Queensland’s volunteer program offers great life experiences. 

AWLQ volunteer Tim Murdock.

 Volunteering for the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) does more than help the organisation find new homes for abandoned or stray animals.

Tim Murdock joined the AWLQ as a volunteer for their dog and fundraising teams at the Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre in May 2021 and has found it to be more than just a great way to meet people and spend time with animals.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting other people who have come from different backgrounds and we learn from each other through our life skills and experiences that improve our own personal growth,” Tim said.

Tim, who now helps at the Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Centre, said spending time with dogs at the centre had a positive influence on his mood.

“For me, spending just the shortest amount of time with the dogs, just one shift a week, is a win-win,” he said.

“The dogs here do not know you and do not judge you, therefore it’s a fresh start to the relationship.

“You need to approach these animals and your day with positive emotions and energy as they can sense it in your voice, the way you carry yourself, even through the dog lead.

“Get this right and this leads to both you and the animal having a better day and moving forward in life.”

Are you interested in joining AWLQ as a volunteer?

They have opportunities available at Animal Rehoming Centres across the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

To find out more, visit their website.

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