The lifestyle and activities staff at Mercy Place Westcourt are the first to acknowledge that their residents are a dab hand at knitting, crocheting, needlework and quilting — particularly when it comes to a good cause.
Residents who make up the organisation’s craft group meet regularly to create individual, handmade items. And in recent weeks, the group has turned its attention to a very specific project — producing handmade dog and cat beds which will be donated to the Cairns-based Young Animal Protection Society (YAPS).
Mercy Place Westcourt Service Manager, Angela Cox, says the residents make up a wonderful caring and sharing group who offer each other support, advice and encouragement.
“Our craft group ladies have been working hard to make dozens of beds for homeless hounds, cats and kittens,” Ms Cox said.
“This is a cause that is particularly important to them as they are all huge animal lovers. They are a truly dedicated group of people who are incredibly kind and want to continue to do good and meaningful things in their community.
“What’s more their frequent catch ups to make the beds are also a great way for them to socialise.
“Mercy Health fully supports these types of activities as we are focused on enriching the lives of those who choose to live with us. We are committed to supporting older people to participate in enjoyable and meaningful pursuits that have given them pleasure throughout their lives.”
The dog and cat beds will be handed over to YAPS in the coming weeks.
The Young Animal Protection Society Inc. is a non-profit organisation that cares for homeless and unwanted dogs and cats. The goal of the organisation is to provide an excellent animal welfare service to Cairns and the surrounding district.
The refuge started at its current location – Smithfield – in 1985, and has gradually increased in size as volunteers, financial support and donations have become available. Today, the organisation provides homeless animals with essential veterinary care and also desexes and microchips them before finding appropriate, secure and loving homes.
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