Generous response for burnt bushfire animals

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Doing their small bit for an international aid appeal raised a satisfying smile for staff members at the Balclutha office of Clutha Vets last week.

Kim Bastiaansen and Sue McNutt saw the New Zealand fundraising for the Australian bushfire animal victims appeal on Facebook and decided to act.

They found out Saddlery Warehouse owner Stacey Green, of Invercargill, was running a collection point for goods and services given to the appeal in the lower South Island.

Mrs McNutt said when they contacted Ms Green she said the Auckland organisers were seeking veterinary business products, burn victim medications, and items to be auctioned to raise funds to help the millions of victims of the “animal holocaust”.

“We thought it was such a good idea, so we sent out an email appeal to our clinic staff and customers at Clutha Vets and pretty soon we had seven boxes full of donated stuff to send south,” Mrs McNutt said.

“We are very pleased to be able to help out in our own small way.”

Organisers aim to help rescue and rehabilitate animals, from endangered wildlife to livestock and pets, that have survived the fires.

The appeal is working with the Australian Veterinary Association, and animal rescue and welfare groups.