Dogs in temporary care at the Ballarat Animal Shelter are set for a very merry Christmas thanks to the generosity of local dog lovers.
The Ballarat Dog Obedience Club organised a Christmas collection through their club, with members and local dog owners coming together to donate goods to assist shelter staff provide for the needs of dogs currently in temporary care at the shelter.
Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh said many neglected animals are often brought into the Ballarat Animal Shelter, many underweight and almost all of them are scared.
“The Shelter’s dedicated staff spend quality time nursing these animals back to health, providing them the best possible new start on life before they can be re-homed,” she said.
“But we could not do this without the community’s support.
“We would like to say thank you to the Ballarat Dog Obedience Club who have donated treats, toys and blankets to help our most vulnerable.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Ballarat Dog Obedience Club President Michael Leehane and Secretary Pat Fuhrmeister present the gifts to the Ballarat Animal Shelter, which will go a long way in caring for the many dogs currently waiting adoption or being nursed back to health.
Kathryn Pempel Animal Shelter Coordinator said the donation was an opportunity to share across the community.
“We will be putting this donation towards our strays and also contributing to people who adopt an animal – we will be donating some of these goods to them,” she said.
Two overflowing shopping trollies of food, toys, dog jackets, leads and other miscellaneous items were gratefully accepted by the shelter, which is coming into one of its busiest times of the year.
“We do a lot of adoptions at this time of the year but it is also kitten season – a positive and negative front – a lot of surrendered animals and with the storms we have been getting we are finding a lot of strays,” Ms Pempel said.
Currently the shelter is in need of sheets and towels and also toys for the many kittens.
If you would like to donate to the Ballarat Animal Shelter, these can be delivered to the shelter during its Christmas/New Year opening hours – Monday to Friday: 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-3pm.
The shelter is closed on public holidays.