VIDEO: Tears of joy as seniors celebrate AWLQ Golden Hearts Program

There was plenty of laughter and tears of joy yesterday when more than 60 seniors gathered at the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) shelter to celebrate the first birthday of Golden Hearts Senior Pet Support program.

Golden Hearts is committed to uniting seniors, 65 years and older, with companion animals and provides a support network that gives older pet owners peace of mind.

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Golden Hearts Celebration | PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ


“It was incredibly heartwarming to see the smiling, happy faces, to hear their own stories and even meet the dogs they adopted through us,” AWLQ President Sylvana Wenderhold said. “This is a lifechanging experience for many of them and will give them, and the dogs or cats they adopted. We look forward to many more years of this program and wanted to celebrate with the original members.”

Free to join, Golden Hearts provides support with adoption, vet bills, short-term emergency pet accommodation if the owner becomes ill, or the rehoming of that best friend should the owner need to go into care, or sadly passes away.

“Golden Hearts delivers peace of mind for people who may be concerned about the cost of owning a companion animal, or what could happen to them if they get sick, or worse,” Ms Wenderhold said. “We will ensure that their companion animal is cared for. It benefits the senior but also helps provide loving homes for the 9,600 surrendered and abandoned animals Animal Welfare League Queensland rehomed last year alone.”

For John Alexander, who required emergency treatment in June, Golden Hearts’ Short Term Emergency Pet care service was invaluable. “I could relax in hospital knowing that my dog Amy was being cared for and was safe,” he said.

If you would like more information on the Golden Hearts Senior Pet Support program head to the website –