Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I pay tribute to the dedicated team at the Animal Welfare League and thank them for their kind invitation to inspect their headquarters at Kemps Creek, which I did late last year. Animal Welfare League NSW is an animal welfare organisation that has been caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals for over 60 years.

CEO Mark Slater and his team showed me through their incredible facility, and showed me their best practice methods of ensuring successful rehoming of animals who need new families. Previously I have toured their mobile facility, which was also carefully appointed to assist animals in rural areas. It was clear from the conversations I had with the staff and volunteers, as well as the animals I saw, that this is a place filled with love and care for all animals.

My heart broke when I saw the fear in one little dog's eyes as she saw humans approaching her, and I was so pleased to see the support she received from her carer. I wish all of the animals in the care of AWL and other animal welfare agencies all the best and thank AWL for the important work they do.