Toni Johnstone

Team leader of the Tasmanian Lost Pet Register

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Toni Johnstone works tirelessly as a volunteer at the Tasmanian Lost Pet Register, which finds missing pets and returns them safely to their homes.

Since taking management of the register as a Facebook page in 2012, Toni has built a community of more than 53,000 members. She singlehandedly leads a team of state-wide volunteers and this role has seen her dedicate six to twelve hours a day, every single day, for the past eight years.

Toni also helps manage lost pet registers across Australia and New Zealand, liaising with state councils, community groups, local radio, the RSPCA, shelters and rescues. In the past year alone, she has helped co-ordinate the return of up to 3,000 animals to their homes.

Toni is committed to raising awareness about rehoming abandoned animals and educating the community on pet registration, microchipping and desexing – to protect and care for our four-legged friends.