WHANGA¯ REI District Council is calling for people to donate blankets that might have done their last winter to the council’s animal shelter. The animal shelter appreciates donations of clean bedding — old blankets, quilts or towels — that staff can use to make the shelter a bit more comfortable for the dogs. It can’t take duvet inners or electric blankets as dogs can get into all sorts of “doggy trouble” with those. The team at the shelter have rehomed 40 dogs this year. For a new fur friend, or to supply some bedding, call the Animal Shelter on 09 438 7513.