Dedicated Gore and District SPCA volunteer Alan Green has helped at the animal shelter for more than 25 years.
“I’ve been there since the day we opened the gate, 25-odd years ago, and I’m still there,” Mr Green said.
The 91-year-old said he did not go to the SPCA as often now due to health reasons, but he would pick up donations from Gore businesses such as New World and Countdown.
“I pick up the donations kind people leave for our animals,” Mr Green said.
Mr Green said he went to gather donations from Countdown one Christmas Eve and there was a pile of donations that filled the boot of his car.
“I got home, I unloaded it into the shed and I thought ‘oh I forgot to get bread’, and I went back and there was equally as much again – I must have got $300 worth that time.”
Mr Green said he started volunteering because he loved animals and specifically cats.
“I worked with some wonderful people, but of course you wouldn’t be there if you weren’t an animal lover.”
Mr Green had always had cats himself and said he had three cats at present, all of which he had had since they were kittens.
“I’ve got one who is jet-black and I call her Sooty.”
Mr Green said the cats around the neighbourhood all knew his mobility scooter.
“There’s an old cat up Gorton St south and I’ll be about 10 houses away and he’ll come bounding out.”
Mr Green said he use to do duty at the SPCA every second day, which involved jobs such as feeding the cats in the morning.
“The best part is seeing the love the people that work there give to the animals,” he said.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to help.”