Moreton Lost Animal Register are collecting donations of pet food to help those affected.
Moreton Lost Animal Register are collecting donations of pet food to help those affected. Rachel Lang

Donate dog food for Debbie victims

ANIMAL lovers across the Sunshine Coast are coming together to help our friends in the north without a way to help themselves - all of the dogs and cats that will need to be fed while their owners pick up the pieces after cyclone Debbie.

The category four cyclone crossed the coast on Tuesday near Airlie Beach, flattening trees, smashing boats against rocks, and leaving some without a home to go to.

So to help those families with pets, Moreton Lost Animal Register founder Karen McNamara has organised the pet food drive which will head north midway through next week.

"These poor people will have enough on their plates without worrying about food for fur, feathers or fins," she said.

"For people who are going through absolute hell, we tend to find in a lot of circumstances that they will go without food to make sure their animals are looked after.

"As soon as the roads are clear and we see how much we've got to go up, we'll be organising transport up there."

More than 40 donations have already been received at the Bribie Island drop-off point in less than one day, with other locations at Pelican Waters, Morayfield, Caboolture, Deception Bay and Redcliffe also accepting donations.

People are encouraged to donate any canned or dry pet food, as well as kitty litter and pee pads for dogs.

Bribie Island dog lover Jennifer McCoy said the donations of pet food and kitty litter would hopefully be one less thing on people's minds as they begin to rebuild.

"(Pet food) is not in food banks or evacuation centres.

"There's nothing for them to feed their pets, so I said I'd post it on the community page and see if we can get a few cans."

Contact Anne-Maree Trims at Pelican Waters on 0450 902 956 to organise drop-offs or Karen on 0429 091 718 for other areas.