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Greater funding for our furry friends

Dogs are man’s best friend, but sadly the reverse isn’t always true, which is why Best Friends For Ever Rescue Illawarra is a worthy winner of the #GreaterIllawarra community funding program.

Best Friends For Ever Rescue Illawarra has received $2000 for taking out the public vote in the November round of Greater Bank’s #GreaterIllawarra community funding program, with Hidden Harvest and St Luke’s Preschool both receiving $500 as the runners-up for the month.

Best Friends Forever Rescue director, Tay Ljiljak, said the organisation is run entirely by volunteers.

“We are a local, no-kill rescue in the Illawarra region and we pride ourselves on having a fantastic team of animal lovers who give up their time to help these animals who have no voice,” Tay said.

“We are a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of supporters and volunteers to cover the costs of vet bills, emergency surgeries, kennelling, and keeping the dogs fed, happy and healthy until we can find them their forever homes.

Tay Ljiljak, Best Friends Forever Rescue director.

“We adopt a no-kill policy and look to assist as many dogs as possible by either getting them adopted or placed into foster care until such time as we can find them their forever home.

“We are totally reliant on funding and donations so with COVID putting a big dent in those activities of late, we are delighted to have been successful in the #GreaterIllawarra community funding program.”

Greater Bank’s Illawarra Regional Sales Manager, Greg Creagan, said owning a dog comes with significant responsibilities.

“Looking after a dog is a real commitment and we know it doesn’t always work out, so services like Best Friends Fo Ever Rescue are really important in ensuring good longer term outcomes in those situations,” Greg said.

“Greater Bank is pleased to be able to contribute to their ongoing operations through the #GreaterIllawarra community funding program.”

The December round of the #GreaterIllawarra Community Funding Program is now open, with Fifty for a Farmer, Wollongong City Gymnastics and Empower Me Program in the running for a share of $3,000 in monthly funding.

The public can vote online at until 5:00pm, Wednesday, 22 December 2021.

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