Coles, RSPCA Glen Innes and GLENRAC Join Forces to Help Drought Affected Farmers
Drought and fire affected farmers are able to access a number of free pet food products through an initiative between Coles, RSPCA Glen Innes Volunteer Branch and GLENRAC.
The collaboration between the assistant manager of Coles Glen Innes, Chris Marshall, and local RSPCA volunteers has resulted in a number of pallets of damaged pet food products being donated by Coles Brisbane to the Glen Innes district.
“Country people are usually the very last ones to ask for help,” says RSPCA volunteer, Brigitte Burridge. “What we were really hoping to do is extend a hand to the farming community and assist them in getting through one of the most severe weather events we’ve had in well over a hundred years.
“With Chris’ help, we’ve now received a number of pallets of damaged pet food stock from Coles, as well as donations from suppliers in Inverell and Sydney, that we’ve been able to distribute to pet owners who are experiencing hardship, and also hope additionally to help those affected by the most recent dreadful bushfires.”
It’s not the first time the RSPCA Glen Innes Volunteer Branch has been involved in drought relief – last year they donated a large quantity of dog food, and $1000 worth of salt and urea blocks to drought affected farmers – and Brigitte says there are plans in the works for another drought project to take place in the near future.
“What we are providing is only a small offering, and in the grand scheme of things it may not seem like much. But we’re doing the best we can to reach out to farmers and let them know that we care about them and their animals, and that we know they are going through an incredibly difficult time. We encourage anyone who might need it to access this help.”
The extensive range of pet food products, which include working dog, cat and bird feed, are available for collection at the GLENRAC office, 68 Church St, Glen Innes.