Helping pets in peril
A COFFS Coast woman is raising awareness to the plight of the most vulnerable victims in the Queensland floods.
Sally Wilson of the Corindi based Animal Protection Association (APAA) wants to show that the Coffs Harbour people care about the animal victims of the Queensland floods.
“The floods in Queensland have shown how generous people can be to fellow Australians in such desperate times but what has been less obvious is the plight of so many animals, both domestic and native,” Ms Wilson said.
“I know there are a lot of animal lovers in this area and that’s why I’m launching an appeal for the donation of goods that will be used for the most needy animals in Queensland.
“Already, Petstock in Coffs Harbour has come on board thanks to the generosity of owner, Ian Monoghan."
Ms Wilson said there is a silent army of volunteers in Queensland, many of them pensioners who had been caring for animals before the floods and are now overwhelmed with extra mouths to feed and take care of.
She said pets became homeless after they were left behind to fend for themselves as most evacuation centres would not allow pets.
“Many people don’t have homes to go back to so their pets, including horses need long term accommodation and possible rehoming.
“Native animals have also been affected. They suffered from problems caused by silt in their ears and eyes, pneumonia and starvation.”
Jean Goodwin, the co-ordinator of Queensland Native Animal Care is a person Ms Wilson would like to help.
Ms Goodwin has dedicated her life to helping native animals and was lucky to escape with her dog and the sugar gliders she was caring for.
She lost everything else: all the medicines, food, reference books, equipment and even her precious computer which had her database of volunteers and supporters.
Ms Wilson has created a wish list for the animals which includes worm and flea products, food for cats and dogs, bowls and bedding such as trampolines. The wildlife wish list is even more extensive and includes a computer and printer, a microwave, pet carriers, cages, towels and hanging baskets for the ringtail possums.
Petstock, which is located next to Park Beach Plaza in Coffs Harbour will offer 20 % discount on products purchased for the Queensland animal victims. People can make a purchase at Petstock and the donated goods will be stored at Petstock for eventual transportation to Queensland.
APAA will be taking delivery of second hand donated goods.
The complete wish list is available by contacting APAA on 0409 824 803 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org