When Jasmine Smart was invited to give a talk at Kinross Wolaroi School earlier this year she hadn't anticipated the response it would receive.
The president of the Orange branch of the Animal Welfare League spoke to the students about the challenges facing the charity, which provides foster homes for dogs and cats whose owners are unable to care for them.
Established about nine months ago, the shelter has been inundated with neglected and abused animals.
Hearing the plight of these pets struck a chord with her young audience, who set about fundraising to help cover their costs, which includes vet work, food and kennel fees.
Through the student school council, Kinross students have donated more than $3500 to the Animal Welfare League, as well as food, toys, blankets and other necessities.
Miss Smart said as the organisation is focused on keeping its doors open to all pets, despite the level of care required, the costs associated are extensive.
She said the money raised will allow them to vaccinate, medicate and provide some of the necessities animals need - such as a collar, lead and bed - when they come into her care.
"All the kids were so wonderful and really wanted to help out," she said.
Miss Smart said the League has between 80-100 surrendered and rescued pets in care at any given time, with another 25 on a waiting list.
She said with about $3500 spent on kennel fees in February and $4000 on veterinary work the League is reliant on donors and foster volunteers.
Contact Animal Welfare League NSW - Orange via Facebook to donate or volunteer.
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