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THANK YOU: Warm hugs of kindness

May 15, 2015

We see daily acts of kindness here at the Home, from our dedicated volunteers who walk our dogs, to those who fold letters, through to members of the public who come with armfuls of blankets, and businesses that donate office collections. These generous gifts and acts of kindness genuinely touch the hearts our staff and the lives of the animals they care for each and every day.

We are truly grateful for each and every contribution and starting today, we’ll be thanking these special supporters who have extended a helping hand and given to The Lost Dogs’ Home out of their love for animals and the kindness of their hearts.

Extending a warm hug

In early April our towel stocks were running alarmingly low, prompting us to put out an urgent call for donations on our Facebook page. The response was truly heart-warming, with hundreds of blankets and towels donated in just a matter of weeks.

Adoption attendant and laundry hand Robyn is among many of our staff who share laundry duties and understands well the comfort and warmth blankets and towels provide our shelter animals.

“It’s just so nice seeing our dogs jump on and snuggle into a bed I’ve laid out with a fresh towel or warm blanket,” she said. “I love seeing them nuzzle into a blanket, paw and circle around a few times forming a comfortable cocoon and then look up at me with sheer content…it’s priceless.”

Robyn said our North Melbourne laundry alone washed and dried over 12 large wheelie bins of blankets and towels each and every day: “Giving the a shelter a towel or blanket is a tangible way to extend a warm hug to our animals, especially during winter — we can never have too many of them!”

A special thank you for recent generous donations goes to Adelphi Hotel in Melbourne, Linen House, Great Southern Hotel and Jetstar, and all those who fossicked around in their cupboards and gave to the cats and dogs.

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Home sales help find homes for our shelter animals

They say that without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community and for Edward Thomas Real Estate in Kensington, giving back to the local community is an important company value.

The local business has been supporting the Home for over two years now, and values raising awareness for adoption as much as the donations given to care for lost and abandoned cats and dogs. “We started donating regularly back in early 2013 through casual days where staff would make a gold coin donation,” said Director and Head Auctioneer Edward Thomas. “Over time we realised that we wanted to increase our contribution to the Home and today we donate a percentage of every property sold to the Home.”

Raising funds for the Home was a natural choice for Mr Thomas: “We are all animal lovers at Edward Thomas Real Estate and many of us are pet owners ourselves who enjoy nothing more than spending time with them!”

“We appreciate the work the Home does in promoting animals who need a home and caring for those who have become lost, so naturally we wanted to help.”

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National Volunteer Week

Last but certainly not least, we want to send out a big heart-shaped thank you to our incredible team of volunteers and foster carers!

We are so grateful to them for not only helping us care for, socialise, exercise and rehabilitate animals, but also open their hearts and homes as foster carers. Our volunteers also give their time to help at events and support staff through a range of administrative work. Every day their contributions play a vital part in providing compassion and care to animals in need.

 

Want to be a part of our volunteer and foster team? Find out how you can get involved here.

Keep an eye out for our volunteer feature on Sunday!