Winter is coming, but thanks to a special delivery from Rescue Resources, abandoned animals can now keep toasty and warm, snug as bugs in their new coats and blankets.
Tamworth and Quirindi pounds and rescue homes have had their Christmas come early, as Rescue Resource's and Winter Warmers volunteer Judy Millar paid them a visit, dropping off essential items also including toys and food to help them provide the best care for their animals.
At the start of the year, the organisation canvasses pounds in regional areas to see what they need. This year, one such request was for a big, soft, comfy bed for a rescued Greyhound in Tamworth, and he received his lovely hand-made bed today.
Popping into Quirindi on Thursday before heading to Tamworth on Friday, Sydney's Mrs Millar said she was beyond impressed at the level of care our country pets have been receiving.
People, support your local pounds, make their life a lot easier. Go out to a pound, adopt a dog from a pound, ring them and ask 'do you need towels, blankets, what can I do to help'.Judy Millar
"A lot of country pounds don't have many animals which is such a good thing, and they tell me people are starting to do the right thing," Mrs Millar explained.
"Country pounds across the board, most of them, are doing an absolutely brilliant job in quite often difficult circumstances without a lot of support."
This year has proven difficult with the COVID-19 pandemic, as they would normally source blankets from Op Shops, which are now closed. But she has received special approval from the Department of Health to do her delivery trips across the state.
"We have been very resourceful on how we've collected donations. We do a lot out of our own pockets, like buying fabric to make the coats, which are double or triple lined and are super warm, as are the beds."
Amazed at the 'lovely and warm' Tamworth pound, she says it highlights the importance of people in our community supporting them, adopting animals and asking if they need anything.
"People, support your local pounds, make their life a lot easier. Go out to a pound, adopt a dog from a pound, ring them and ask 'do you need towels, blankets, what can I do to help'."
An avid animal lover, she says it can be hard to resist taking all the animals back home to Sydney with her. When asked how she stays strong, she said "her husband".
"He is the voice of reason," she laughed.
"Most of the time I can't bring him along, because on my trips, the car is so full I can't fit him in!"
"But maybe if I came across one on death row, which thankfully I don't do often, I may have had to pull the heart strings on my husband. But you have to be strong, you have to be disciplined, otherwise I would come home every trip with animal."