Even though Australia is more than 10,000 miles from Ohio, Cuyahoga County 4-H members spent a day volunteering their time to help animals displaced by the wildfires Down Under. In January, more than 120 volunteers, ranging from two to 80 years old, created protective bat wraps, koala mittens, joey pouches, animal slings and beds for young kangaroos.
According to Robin Stone, Extension Educator, 4-H connected with The Animal Rescue Craft Guild in Australia via Facebook. “4-H members are known for their love of animals, so this was a good fit and a timely topic,” said Stone. The day also included activities for families to learn more about Australian animals. In addition, some of the creations were also donated to local animal rescue groups.