OUTPOURING OF CARE TO WARM FURRY FRIENDS
TOWNSVILLE has shivered through one of the coldest July weeks on record, with daily low temperatures sitting well below average.
Last Tuesday was the coldest day of the year, with a minimum of 6.9C and Saturday night into Sunday morning temperatures got down to 7.6C – chilly compared with the monthly average minimum of 13.7c.
The drop in temperature has seen pet owners scrambling for blankets to help keep some of the city’s furry residents warm.
RSPCA Adoption Centre Townsville put out the call on Facebook for extra towels, linen and cushions to help keep their rescue pets warm and they were overwhelmed by the response.
“It’s gone viral,” assistant manager Jacinta Wight said.
“We’ve had ute, car and truck loads of blankets pouring through our gates, which is awesome. We’ve had families getting together making collections; offices, neighbourhoods have all come together either cleaning out their cupboards or hitting the op shops or actually buying brand new blankets.”
BIG CHILL: Townsville RSPCA’s Jacinta Wight and Peppi, rugged up in a donated blanket. Picture: WESLEY MONTS