Bunbury community comes together to help out those affected by the Waroona fires

Photo thanks to @punchysearle on Instagram.

Photo thanks to @punchysearle on Instagram.

THE Greater Bunbury community has once again come together to help out those affected by the Waroona fires with homes and vet clinics opening their doors for free.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and told to seek safety by way of evacuation centres but social media has been lit up with generous offers from the community.

Countless offers of shelter for families and their pets have been posted on the Bunbury Mail Facebook page.

Millbridge resident Lauren Moloney is one of the people who has offered her home with open arms to those affected by the fires.

She said having a small family herself, she could not imagine what some people would be going through when having to be evacuated. 

"I have small kids and I cant imagine being in the situation those people are in," she said.

"Especially taking them to a crowded evacuation centre with very little entertainment."

She has offered her home which she said has plenty of room and beds as well as a large backyard for small animals like cats and dogs.

"It is a bit scary offering your home to strangers but we would be happy to offer our home for a family with kids," she said.

"I have been following the fires on Facebook and when I heard Harvey was evacuated I thought I would d offer my home."

"I think it is good seeing people willing to help out, it is not much to us but it would mean a lot to those people and I would hope in the same situation such offers would be available to us."

Eaton Vet Clinic has opened their doors for free to those with no where to take their pets.

Owner and veterinarian Braden Collins said there were currently eight animals on the way to the clinic.

"Evacuation centres are not set up for animals and some people don't have room for pets if they are staying with friends or family so housing these animals is the least we could do," he said.

"We have the space so we may as well use it.

"The animals will stay in the cages at the back and we can also stretch to our Bunbury clinic if need be.

"We will also cover the feeding and walking of the animals."


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