YOUNG animal lovers, and potential future veterinarians from Willetton Child Care Centre, have made a generous contribution to The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University.
Each year the Willetton Child Care Centre puts donations together for animal rescue or care centres in need of funds and chose The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University in 2016.
Centre director Fiona Murray and assistant director Megan Rodger, along with two of their young charges, Isla Cowman and Amelia Lowe, both 3, recently delivered donations to the fluffy patients.
Ms Murray said it was important to instil the act of giving into the children.
“We teach the children it is more about giving at this time of the year than receiving,” she said.
Animal Hospital nurse manager Yvonne Markey said it was a lovely gesture and she was very grateful to the centre’s families for their kind donations.
“It’s a great lesson in demonstrating caring and giving to others, not just talking about it, and this example will hopefully stay with them for future years,” she said.
“I was careful to explain to Isla and Amelia we don’t need people to go out spending money and buying gifts (and) it’s more about looking at what can be passed on to others that might not be getting used in one’s household, as a ‘paying it forward’ gesture.”
Isla and Amelia were very excited about visiting and patting some of the friendly patients at The Animal Hospital, and were also able to see some large animal patients, including horses and a pig.
Ms Markey said the visit was a great opportunity to give Willetton Child Care Centre educators, and especially Isla and Amelia, a tour of the facilities and show them how the donations will go to helping the animals in hospital.
“Dogs and cats aren’t always kind to their bedding material, so we go through quite a few towels, blankets and doonas on a regular basis. Once they are too tatty and worn, we need to throw them out and source some more,” she said.
“We like to build up a bit of a comfort mound for animals to sleep on and recover when in hospital, so they can have as much luxury as possible whilst recovering from procedures and surgery, just as humans want when in hospital.
“It was a nice surprise to also see some fantastic snuggle toys that can be placed with our more anxious patients who would appreciate them.”