Marlborough SPCA pet therapist Karen McDonald, with her dog Rye, receives a RSPCA Diamond Jubilee Medallion from Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman at the Council Chambers.
The Mayor presented the medallions to Marlborough SPCA workers who have been awarded the honour to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.
The commemorative medallions recognise one thousand volunteers throughout the country who have given exceptional service to the organisation; 16 of the recipients are from Marlborough.
Karen has been involved with the SPCA for 15 years; she has long provided foster-care for animals and now takes her dog to Blenheim’s retirement homes as part of the SPCA therapy programme.
Marlborough’s SPCA has been running for more than 60 years and its base at Foxes Island at Renwick cares for about one thousand animals every year.
The SPCA relies heavily on bequests and donations and the support of volunteers.
Mr Sowman praised the volunteers for their commitment and patience in caring for Marlborough’s abandoned and mistreated animals.