Engines purr for animals

CENTRAL Victorian car enthusiasts are revving their engines for Furever Friends Bendigo.

A cruise from Kangaroo Flat to Pratty's Patch Hotel in Maiden Gully on March 2 will raise money for unloved, unwanted and unwell cats and dogs.

Melanie Tatt, one of the event organisers, said Cruise Just Coz recently completed the Toy Run to the Roo and was ready for its next event.

"We are a local group of car enthusiasts and we try to organise a cruise every couple of months," she said.

We are a group of car enthusiasts and we try to organise a cruise every couple of months. - Melanie Tatt

"This time we are cruising from the Kangaroo Flat homemaker centre at 11.30am on March 2 to Pratty's Patch Hotel in Maiden Gully.

"We are holding a judged show and shine at Pratty's with some great prizes kindly donated by local businesses.

"Entry is by gold coin donation."

The group's previous cruise culminated with a toy donation to the Salvation Army in time for Christmas.

This time they will be cruising in support of not-for-profit organisation Furever Friends Bendigo.

"They foster animals whose owner's don't want them or can't keep them anymore," Ms Tatt said.

"The animals are then vet checked, wormed, treated for fleas, vaccinated, micro-chipped and desexed.

"Once they are rehabilitated Furever Friends adopts them to a family that will best suit their individual needs."

Cruise Just Coz is raising money for Furever Friends Bendigo

The animals also come with a "starter pack" to help their new owners.

All cars, drivers and passengers are welcome at the event.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

"We're hoping to get a good turnout so we can raise some much-needed funds," Ms Tatt said.

"It's definitely a worthy cause, they do some great work so any money we can raise to help will be put to good use which is great."

Prize categories for the show and shine include best modified, muscle, original and best overall.

To find out more about the event visit Cruise Just Coz's Facebook page.

To contact Furever Friends Bendigo email fureverfriendsbendigo@hotmail.com. 

According to the group's Facebook page, donatable items of use are: clean blankets and towels, Petstock gift cards, dog and cat collars, dog leads and harnesses, plastic pet beds, supermarket vouchers; Breeders Choice paper pellet kitty litter, cat scratching posts, cat and dog toys.

The group is currently looking for foster puppy carers. Visit Furever Friends Bendigo's Facebook page for more information.

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