Clarice Davies’ latest donation of 20 dog coats in all sizes follows four decades of staunch support for the Gympie RSPCA.
Clarice Davies’ latest donation of 20 dog coats in all sizes follows four decades of staunch support for the Gympie RSPCA. Lee Gailer

Gift keeps orphaned dogs cosy

PEPPER is one of 20 abandoned dogs that will be warm and cosy this winter thanks to Clarice Davies' tireless support for the Gympie RSPCA.

The organisation has benefited greatly from her generosity over the years. In fact if it weren't for people like Mrs Davies, there wouldn't be this wonderful facility to care for the region's neglected pets.

Her latest donation of 20 dog coats in all sizes follows four decades of staunch support.

Without actually laying the present building's foundation, Mrs Davies had a big part in the present shelter's construction, having bought house bricks for $2 each in a fundraising drive to help build the shelter.

That was a lot of money 40 years ago. Rightly so, her name is listed on an honour board along with the many local residents who contributed to this unique fundraising scheme, led by founding member Bill Tyler.

“Clarice is probably always the first person to put her hand up when we have a fundraiser,” the former Gympie RSPCA president said. “She is the unsung hero of Gympie RSPCA that's for sure.”

Mrs Davies said she was concerned for the dogs' welfare during winter with temperatures getting as low as -1 degree already.

“I know my dogs appreciate their coats,” she said modestly.

And RSPCA is holding a blanket drive on Monday at Centro so drop your old ones in.

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