HappyPaws Haven Christmas volunteers, Carolyn Jeckeln of Wooloweyah, James Bowman of South Grafton, HappyPaws founder Sally Rogers and Tony Bowman of Woombah.
HappyPaws Haven Christmas volunteers, Carolyn Jeckeln of Wooloweyah, James Bowman of South Grafton, HappyPaws founder Sally Rogers and Tony Bowman of Woombah.

HappyPaws Haven grateful for help

WHILE most people are spending their summer holidays sleeping in and relaxing, a small group of volunteers has devoted free time to the Clarence Valley’s unwanted pets.

Since Christmas, Carolyn Jeckeln of Wooloweyah, Tony Bowman of Woombah and his nephew James, 14, of South Grafton, have been volunteering at HappyPaws Haven, an animal shelter at Eatonsville.

Each morning they pull on rubber gloves at around 7.30am and spend the next seven hours feeding and cleaning up after 120 cats, at least 20 dogs and dozens of kittens and puppies – all abandoned in the Clarence Valley.

HappyPaws founder Sally Rogers said it was hard to attract volunteers over the summer holidays so she was extremely grateful to have dedicated helpers.

Tony drives from Woombah each day, picking up James on the way, while Carolyn has pitched a tent and will call HappyPaws home until January 11.

“I just love animals and I knew Sally desperately needed help until the end of January so I thought I’d borrow a tent and stay for a while,” Carolyn said.

Out of 120 cats, James has become attached to a tabby named Tractor which he’s hoping his Mum will let him adopt.



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