ANIMAL LOVERS NEEDED
WHEN Mel Hutchinson fractured her knee cap working for an animal rescue, she didn’t want her journey with animals to end, so she opened An Extra Paw.
The north Brisbane animal lover spends Monday to Friday driving around delivering up to 1000kg of dog and cat food to families in need, from Moreton Bay to the Gold Coast.
But she hopes the Sunshine Coast could soon also be a home to it’s first “free little pet pantry” – she just needs other animal lovers to be her “golden receiver”.
“All I want to do is come and hand out some food to those who really need help, because it’s needed everywhere” she said.
“I just need somewhere to set up a table and volunteers to help pack the food and deliver it.”
An Extra Paw is currently run entirely from her two bedroom granny flat that Mel reckons “looks like Petbarn”.
The rooms are full with kennels, coats, medication and food she packs into over 300 sandwich bags weekly and distributes to the 12 drop off points across Moreton Bay to help those struggling families.
“It’s all about the dogs for me,” she said.
“For so long I have worked with animals and I just can’t leave them.
“I’d rather see a dog with food in his stomach than his ribs through his coat.”
She even helps with emergency vet bills. But she couldn’t do it without the help from the community that donates to An Extra Paw’s funding account.
Mel hopes that numbers will double, as well with volunteers willing to lend her “an extra paw” here on the Coast.
If you can help Mel, contact her via her Facebook page, An Extra Paw.
DOG’S BEST FRIEND: Mel Hutchinson runs a pet pantry, An Extra Paw, to help those struggling with food, coats, beds and vet bills.