A visit to the RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter has inspired Jaimie Williams to help the centre out.
Originally from Culburra Beach and now living in Wollongong, the passionate animal lover dropped into the centre on a recent trip home and found it in need of supplies.
“I often visit the RSPCA in Unanderra and I left the Nowra RSPCA feeling quite sad as it’s quite run down in comparison to Unanderra,” she said.
“I originally visited them because I’d bought a bale of hay for my rabbits and I wasn’t going to use the whole bale so I went to donate it but I left feeling quite helpless and I knew I needed to do something.”
Together with her mother, Jaimie has been busily trying to drum up donations.
She’s already received a strong response from the Illawarra region and is now looking for support from the Shoalhaven.
“They even have chickens too so maybe chicken food hay would be appreciated but I will accept any of your kind donations as it's the thought that counts.- -Jaimie Williams
“The response I have had from the Illawarra has been overwhelming,” she said.
“It makes me so happy that so many people are helping us out from Wollongong all the way down to the South Coast.
“We’ve already had three kennels, two dog frames, six cat beds, 10 dog jackets off all sizes, straw, a few blankets, bowls, toys and food donated.”
Jaimie said she’s been working with the RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter to establish what the centre is in need of most.
“The manager said they don’t really need anymore blankets but are really in need of tin dog food for puppies and cats, as well as other treats and toys but anything else is also welcome as they do go through a lot,” she said.
“They even have chickens too so maybe chicken food hay would be appreciated but I will accept any of your kind donations as it's the thought that counts.”
Local businesses have also been contacted in regards to donations.
All donations can be delivered to Jaimie’s mother’s house or pick-up can be arranged.
“I’ll be collecting all the items donated in the Illawarra soon and any other donated items we’d like to have by August 12,” Jaimie said.
“Once we have everything together we’ll take them to the RSPCA in one lot.”
For more information on how and where to donate items, contact Jaimie on 0423 522 633.
The RSPCA Shoalhaven Shelter currently has more than 30 animals looking for a new home.
The shelter is open Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
Contact the centre on 4429 3410 to arrange to see any of the pets available.
All pets currently available for adoption can also be found online at the shelter’s Facebook page, RSPCA Nowra Volunteer Branch.
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