CHILLY canines need your charity this winter.
The call has gone out for dog and cat coats, blankets, bedding, towels and single bed doonas to keep homeless animals warm over the next few months.
Samantha Eastman of Newfound Friends also said more foster carers were needed to house dogs and cats.
“There are a lot of dogs at the moment in shelters and they are really cold,” Ms Eastman said.
“They really need a warm house to sleep in.”
Ms Eastman said Newfound Friends specialised in looking after larger dogs but also took in smaller dogs and cats and even the occasional homeless pig.
She said the service could do with blankets, bedding, coats, single doonas, towels, flannelette sheets and hot water bottles.
“They tend to be underweight so we need to keep them as warm as possible. We also need food.”
Ms Eastman said the group, which only started last November, now had about 13 dogs in its care.
“Bigger dogs often take longer to rehouse. We’ve adopted a few out but we had up to 24 a few weeks ago.”
She said the two vital elements needed to be a foster carer were good fencing and plenty of love.
“We want them to treat the animal the way they would treat their own animals.”
Anyone wishing to donate goods can drop them off at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice in Sturt Street.