Products sent to Tasman district to help fire displaced animals

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Vetlife Ashburton's Charlotte Edmonstone with donated items.

Mid Canterbury animal lovers have teamed up with their North Canterbury colleagues to pitch in and help animals displaced by the Tasman district fires.

A range of animal products from Vetlife Ashburton, and giving Mid Cantabrians, were taken north on Tuesday to put with other donated items to help aid displaced and injured animals at their temporary home at the Richmond Showgrounds.

Vetlife Ashburton’s Charlotte Edmonstone co-ordinated the local branch response, which also saw a variety of non-perishable products dropped off at the Ashburton branch after a social media post from Ginger, the Vetlife cat, and radio play went out to people around the district.

Ms Edmonstone said the initial idea was conceived by Vetlife Rangiora vet nurses Laurin McEntee and Nicki Wyllie over lunch last Friday, but it was an initiative Vetlife Ashburton was only too happy to get behind.

She said items, which included bedding, cat and dog food, leads and collars, bowls, chicken feed and horse food had come from Vetlife and some clients, but a lot had been dropped off by members of the community.

“Thanks to the community for donating, I’m sure the Nelson community will appreciate it.”

Tuesday afternoon, where they were added to more than four pallets of goods collected by Vetlife Rangiora and through the North Canterbury’s wider community.

The pallets were taken through to Richmond via Mainfreight the following day.