Published On 09 May 2017 at 12:00 PM
The staff and animals at the Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter were thrilled to find Christmas had come early this year, after an extremely generous member of the public donated a range of toys, treats and pet health products to aid the shelter’s animal population. The only catch? The donor wished to remain anonymous.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that we have such kind and compassionate members of our community,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor Carmelo Pesce.
“This is a selfless act and one which should not go unnoticed, while we respect their wishes to remain anonymous of course,” he said. “The staff at our animal shelter do an amazing job of caring for, re-homing and returning lost animals of all shapes and sizes and this donation will help them help the animals.”
“It’s an unfortunate reality that unwanted pets continue to arrive at the shelter under a number of circumstances, but with the aid of generous members of the community who either donate goods or volunteer their time, we are able to maintain a high standard of care beyond normal expectations,” said the Mayor.
Sutherland Shire Council’s Animal Shelter has become renowned for its extremely successful re-homing program and regularly accepts animals from other areas of Sydney to accommodate under their no-kill policy, until they can find their new family and forever home.
“The recent donation of pet products shows the incredible generosity of our residents in the Sutherland Shire, I would encourage animal lovers in our area to check out the range of ways they can help these wonderful animals other than adoption,” said the Mayor.
“Our staff are always looking for good quality toys and enrichment items for dogs and cats. Better quality pet toys are safer for the animals and last longer than cheap alternatives. A cheaper option for people to donate would be wholesome snacks like pig’s ears and training treats, which can be bought from supermarkets and pet stores,” said the Mayor.
Members of the community are able to volunteer at the Animal Shelter and can help with tasks such as bathing, walking or simply playing with the animals to show them some love and affection.
Adoption of your new fur-ever friend involves a small fee, which for dogs and cats includes microchipping, lifetime registration and worming.
For more information on how to volunteer at the animal shelter or adopt a furry new family member, visit Council’s website and follow the links.
Image provided by Jo Lyons Photography.
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