The NT-based not-for-profit organisation Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities recently received a prestigious award for managing companion animal health in Indigenous communities.
AMRRIC received the honour on 12 September at the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards ceremony held on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The awards attracted more than 1000 entries—twice as many as the previous year.
AMRRIC’s award was in the Innovation in Rescue category, identifying their One Health program model which recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing. In the area of rescue and re-homing, AMRRIC works to stem the flow of unwanted animals through increased desexing.
In 2018–19, AMRRIC desexed 2840 dogs and 203 cats through its veterinary programs. School programs were delivered to 667 students, and 4299 community members were engaged in door-to-door and community event education.
“We are a partnership organisation and we’re proud to share this recognition with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their people, and with our other program partners,” AMRRIC CEO Dr Brooke Rankmore said.
“This award is also a testament to our dedicated staff, volunteers and veterinary program partners, who travel to some of the most remote corners of Australia, working in what are sometimes very challenging conditions.”