South Perth pet facility needs donations

A mum and her babies

South Perth’s Animal Care Facility (ACF) has run out of towels for animal bedding, and are calling for donations.

The facility provides a range of services, taking in lost and found animals and pets, such as dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and birds.

Animal Care Facility officer Emma Gillham said towels were changed frequently to prevent the spread of disease between animals.

“There is a high disease risk with animals that come into our animal pounds. Diseases like ringworm, cat flu, there’s feline herpes and aids and that kind of stuff,” she said.

ACF try to make their cages as comfortable as possible

She said towels were washed every day and normally lasted a couple of months, depending on the seasons and the environment.

“If it’s raining, we obviously need more towels because we can’t dry them all.”

She said they had about 15 animals, but it was usually busier in summer.

“We also accept animals from different councils, so we work with the City of Canning, Vic Park, Gosnells, Bassendean and obviously our own, so we do get that influx of animals.”

She said the costs added up.

Animal Care Facility in Como

“We only have a certain amount of money that does go into the facility, so for toys and enriching items, scratching posts, towels…all that kind of stuff, it just helps to better the animal’s life.”

She said having those towels for bedding allowed them to live a more comfortable life.

“I’d prefer them to be in a comfy, happy home rather than a pen with nothing in it.

“Like, if you notice all of our cages generally have blankets and as much that we can relate to a little home as we can.

“The happier we can make the animals, the happier we’ll be.”

They are asking for donations of any old, clean towels or blankets.

Donations can be made at:

Animal Care Facility
199 Thelma St, Como
12-3pm, Monday to Sunday

Civic Centre
Cnr South Tce and Sandgate St, South Perth
8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday

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