Phoebe making a paw-sitive impact to animal welfare

Paws for thought: 10 year old Phoebe Lagerberg with her cat Cinnamon, after donating money to Animals Australia, in lieu of getting birthday gifts.

Paws for thought: 10 year old Phoebe Lagerberg with her cat Cinnamon, after donating money to Animals Australia, in lieu of getting birthday gifts.

In the lead up to their birthday, most kids are probably thinking about the shiny toys that’ll be unwrapped on the day. 

But not 10 year old Phoebe Lagerberg. Instead she decided to take donations for her favorite charity Animals Australia instead of gifts, raising a total of $236.15.

With a passion for animals, having a mengarie of pets adopted from the RSPCA at home, Phoebe said she’d like to be a veterinarian when she was older. 

“My pets are very crazy, and they make me smile a lot,” she said.  “I want to be a vet so I can help animals and save their lives.”

Animals Australia said Pheobe’s donation would be going to advocacy around the live export trade and international dog meat sales. 

Her mum Fiona Christie said Phoebe had loved animals since she was born, and it wasn’t just enough to donate through a website. 

“She’s very compassionate, Phoebe is the one that wants to feed the animals and make sure they’re okay, giving them treats.”

Animal lovers: Pheobe Lagerberg and her sister Emma gives a $236.15 donation to an Animals Australia representative during the school holidays.

Animal lovers: Pheobe Lagerberg and her sister Emma gives a $236.15 donation to an Animals Australia representative during the school holidays.