Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary put out the call and the community answered. Hundreds of handmade items have been dropped off at the local rescue in support of the animals impacted by the wildfires in Australia.  

Pauline Lafleur, office manager, says people dropped off joey pouches in a wide variety of sizes, possum and bird boxes, bird and rodent nests, hanging pouches, flannel blankets, animal beds and bat wraps. She noted its evident how much time and care went into making each item. Lafleur explained Big Sky Ranch is humbled and grateful for the response.  

The first shipment leaves for Australia tomorrow. 

Lafleur says the items are heading to a central hub, where shelters across Australia can access what they need. 

Big Sky Ranch started collecting the items earlier this month and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. A second shipment will be sent out sometime in February. People can also donate towards the shipping costs. 

A list of most needed items, along with instructions and patterns, can be found on the Big Sky Ranch Facebook page. The rescue is located at 810 Pelton Road.