Lort Smith is fortunate to have the support of fabulous ambassadors who help to raise the profile of our organisation as well as animal welfare issues.
Chrissie is one of Australia’s most loved personalities and we are overjoyed to have her on board as Lort Smith’s Pet Protector Ambassador.
“We couldn’t have picked a more perfect Ambassador in Chrissie Swan. She is real, she is genuine and she is passionate. People relate to her in so many ways,” said David Herman, Lort Smith CEO.
Chrissie’s very first pet was a jet black moggie cat called Louie and he was adopted from Lort Smith.
“I feel very strongly that all animals should be adopted from a place like Lort Smith. I’ve always been about ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ – even before it was a hashtag!”
“Nobody loves their animals more than Australians. They are so important to us.”
“The Pet Protector program is amazing because even if you can’t have a pet of your own, the ability to help someone else keep their pet, or provide treatment when they have run into trouble, is extraordinarily appealing,” said Chrissie.
Chrissie is a Logie and ACRA award winning radio and TV broadcaster, bestselling author and columnist. She has also been nominated for the coveted Gold Logie. Chrissie can currently be heard on Nova Breakfast in Melbourne, as part of Chrissie, Sam and Browny, and has recently co-hosted Long Lost Family and Australian Spelling Bee.
Chrissie will very soon be adopting two kittens from Lort Smith so expect kitten spam all over her social media channels!
Lort Smith CEO David Herman has announced Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, as a Lort Smith Ambassador.
“We are extremely proud and excited to have Rosie join the Lort Smith team. It is an honour to have the Australian of the Year supporting our mission,” said Mr Herman.
“Rosie has always been passionate about animals and was a Lort Smith Pet Therapy volunteer until the tragic circumstances that thrust her into public life.
“We are committed to working with Rosie to develop, promote and educate the public about the impact and consequences of family domestic violence on companion animals,” said Mr Herman.
Ms Batty said that she has always had companion animals and has struggled financially, so she knows only too well how distressing it is to be in a situation where you know your beloved pets are vulnerable.
“As an advocate for victims of family violence and someone who knows what a loved part of the family pets are, it’s important for me to know that animals can be kept safe and that Lort Smith helps the victims of family violence”.
“Concern for pets is often a key factor in people delaying leaving a situation and it’s especially difficult for children. Knowing that the animals are safe, and reuniting them with their family is critical for the recovery process from trauma,” said Ms Batty.
“I’m thrilled to be an ambassador because I’m aware of the good work that Lort Smith does.
“Lort Smith works with the most vulnerable people in our community, helping them to give their animals the level of care they deserve.
“I see pets coming in that may need to be adopted. I see pets that need medical treatment, but I don’t see pets being turned away.
“If I can bring a level of community awareness to the work that Lort Smith is doing, and has been doing for a very long time, I will be very happy,” said Ms Batty.
Rosie Batty currently shares her home with four dogs, two cats, two donkeys, five chickens and a goat.
Lort Smith is proud to support the Luke Batty Foundation's Never Alone campaign.
Watch Rosie's ambassador video: http://www.lortsmith.com/what-we-do/ambassadors/rosie-batty-ambassador-video/
Giaan became an ambassador for Lort Smith in 2004. She is an Olympic gold medallist and highly popular presenter for Channel Seven. Giaan adopted her little Jack Russell x Fox Terrier, Lester from Lort Smith in 2006 when he had been relinquished by his owners after an accident in which his leg had to be amputated.
Giaan says. "I have always loved animals. From the day I could walk I wanted nothing more than to find the closest four legged creature and look after it. So when I hear stories of animal cruelty, animal neglect and animal suffering it really hits a nerve.
Lort Smith cares for any animal that finds itself in this situation, be it veterinary care, re-homing, re-training, or for those who simply have no other options. To me, the staff and volunteers at Lort Smith are true heroes, who dedicate their time, skill and love to animals who more often than not have found themselves in heart-breaking situations. It is a pleasure and a privilege to play any small role I can to raise the awareness of this wonderful institution and continue the care of our fabulous furry mates."
Peter has been a highly respected newsreader for many years. In 2013 he celebrated 48 years as a newsmaker - the past 40 of them with the Nine Network – a remarkable feat in any industry, let alone the highly competitive field of broadcast journalism.
Peter says, "I'm a proud supporter of Lort Smith because it cares for injured, sick, and abandoned animals and provides remarkable support for their owners. Lort Smith is an organisation with a long history of commitment to the community, and our city would be the poorer without its services".
Dr Sally Cockburn
Sally is a working GP whilst incorporating a career as a highly successful medical communicator in print, on radio, and on television. Sally's 15 year media career also includes 9 years as Health presenter on Channel 10's Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton and her own talk back TV show on Channel 7 in the 1990’s.
Sally constantly raises issues in the media of the importance of animals to human health and wellbeing.