The leader of a local animal shelter that was the recipient of a six-year-old Engadine boy's pocket money donation has called the gesture "a superb example" of the caring community we live in.
Brendan Allen, a kindergarten pupil at Engadine Public School, saved up his money to buy three new clam pools to help keep the dogs cool during the hot months at Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter.
Bunnings Caringbah donated an extra five clam pools and Brendan and his mum Krystal Allen delivered them personally to the shelter, where Brendan was given a tour and met the cats and dogs awaiting adoption.
"I love animals," said Brendan. "I like being kind, it's good, even if you don't have any money, a smile doesn't cost anything."
Brendan was compelled to make the gesture after his mum showed him a Facebook post asking the community to donate the items.
Animal Shelter Team Leader, Jeremy Bennett, said Brendan's donation would provide some welcome respite from the warmer conditions for dogs housed at the shelter over summer.
"Occasionally we will put a call out to the community for specific support they can provide, however we never expected to have a gesture as generous as the support Brendan has provided with this donation, which is just a superb example of what a caring and supportive community we live in," Mr Bennett said.
"This donation was joined by several other similar donations of play pools from other residents, which we're sure many animals in our care will appreciate, particularly during the warmer months ahead."
The animal shelter is open by appointment only. Book by calling 9710 0401 from Monday to Friday between 11am-4pm, or on Saturday between 11am-2pm.
For listings of animals currently looking for new homes, visit sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/animalshelter
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