Volunteers make an incredible contribution to animal welfare in Western Australia – they are the backbone of countless groups and organisations. This award is to honour an individual who, through their volunteering, has made a significant impact on the lives of animals.


Robyn Foley - RSPCA Animal Welfare Volunteer Award - Gold Medal - 2021Robyn Foley (Gold)

After 30 years of rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife, Robyn and her husband founded Marsupial Mammas and Pappas to share their extensive knowledge and train wildlife carers to continue their legacy. With over 50 members and thousands of wildlife saved in just two years, Robyn deserves to enjoy the recognition for such a massive lifelong commitment. Robyn was also heavily involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife affected by the recent Wooroloo bushfires. She set up a hospital triage room where she trained wildlife carers in the treatment of burns and dressing changes.


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Awards 2021 - Gold Medal - Dallas Bird and PossumDallas Bird (Gold)

Dallas has been a volunteer for Darling Range Wildlife Shelter for seven years and over that time her dedication to animals and their welfare has never waivered. As marsupial coordinator, Dallis is called upon at all hours of the day and night. She has vast knowledge in animal care and often goes above and beyond to rescue animals herself – caring for them during the critical stage before finding them foster homes. Dallas also coordinates various fundraising events throughout the year, and works with others to source, train and supervise marsupial home carers.


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Awards 2021 - Gold Medal - Cathy GibsonCathy Gibson (Gold)

Cathy was instrumental in starting the POOPs (Pets of Older Persons) branch in Busselton two years ago, and has been a driving force for this community service ever since. She is hands-on – doing everything from walking dogs, meeting clients, organising her amazing volunteer team, raising awareness, doing interviews with local community news and even fundraising. Her dedication inspires the people around her to better their community and her passion has helped keep many much-loved pets together with their owners for as long as possible.


RSPCA WA Animal welfare Volunteer Awards 2021 - Gold Medal - Marsha SullivanMarsha Sullivan (Gold)

Marsha first became involved with the Shenton Park Dog Refuge in 2015 as a dog-walker, but when she saw how taxed the staff and volunteers were in the office she also started helping with admin too. Her people skills and deep passion for animals made her an excellent fit for the adoption assessment and surrender areas of the Refuge. She also helps with fundraising, established the Refuge’s first official archives, and speaks at public events. Over the years, Marsha has racked up a huge 2000+ hours of volunteering! Her nominator says: “Marsha is the Energiser Bunny of volunteers and a cracking example of how to walk the talk.”


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Awards 2021 - Silver Medal - Maureen McKenzieMaureen McKenzie (Silver)

Maureen is a volunteer who assists in multiple areas at RSPCA WA – she provides walks and enrichment to animals on site, helps at events, with community outreach, animal transport, and really anywhere a helping hand is required.

Maureen welcomes and mentors new volunteers and brings an infectious positivity wherever she goes.

Since 2016, Maureen has devoted over 1000 hours to her volunteering helping animals. 


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Award 2021 - Bronze Medal - Colleen RyanColleen Ryan (Bronze)

Colleen has been a volunteer at RSPCA WA since 2003. You can see her every Sunday morning spending time with the dogs at the Animal Care Centre in Malaga. Colleen is always a friendly face to see and willing to go the extra mile if she can.

Colleen stays longer than her required shift, and she’s willing to help out in whichever capacity during her weekly shift.

Colleen puts a lot of heart in what she does and the dogs love her for it.


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Awards 2021 - Bronze Medal - Louise ElliottLouise Elliott (Bronze)

Louise is a long-term, regular volunteer at Swan Animal Haven. She helps clean, cook meals for the dogs and drives the dogs to the park for walks. She also adopts the sometimes-forgotten dogs, the elderly, the ill, and gives them a loving home. Louise also volunteers her free time helping a struggling neighbour with his dogs, making sure he has all he needs to care for his pets, including taking them to and from the vet when needed. 

Louise does whatever she can to make the world a better place for dogs.


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Award 2021 - Bronze Medal -  Jayne CarrJayne Carr (Bronze)

Jayne has fostered cats and kittens for many years for SAFE Kalgoorlie, Another Chance Animal Rescue Kalgoorlie and has recently come on board with RSPCA Goldfields Volunteer Branch. She specialises in neonatal kittens, and many of the kittens saved and raised by Jayne would have had little chance of survival without her specialised and devoted care.

Jayne's foster cats are her babies, and are spoilt with run of the house, lots of TLC, and a purpose-built outdoor cat run.


RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Volunteer Awards 2021 - Bronze Medal - Jessica WyattJessica Wyatt (Bronze)

As soon as Jessica turned 16, she approached K9 Rescue in Nambeelup and undertook the volunteer induction. For the past two years, every Saturday, she has made the hour-long drive to Nambeelup, starting there at 6.45am and heading back home to Doubleview after 5pm. She comes home tired, dirty, smelly, covered in doggy slobber and hair but she absolutely loves making a difference to the lives of the abandoned and sometimes abused dogs at K9 rescue. Jessica is also studying for her Cert II in Animal Studies and will be a wonderful animal ally for many years to come.


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