Generous gesture...Clutha Valley School pupils (from left) Sandy John son, Jaclyn Wakeham and Tympani Armstrong all 12, deliver goodies to the Gore and Districts SPCA. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The area the Gore and Districts SPCA covers can stretch into the Clutha district at times.

Gore shelter manager Kath McDowall said two groups of Clutha Primary School pupils had made donations to the organisation.

People from the Clutha district adopted animals from the Gore shelter and they also brought animals that needed re-homing into the organisation, Mrs McDowall said.

Balclutha does not have a branch of its own, although it does have an SPCA op-shop.

One group of Clutha Valley School pupils gave $50, along with food and toys for the animals at the shelter, and the other group gave $100 and $57 worth of cat food, she said.

The pupils were asked to choose one cause to give to.

The older group consisting of Tympani Armstrong, Sandy Johnson and Jaclyn Wakeham (all 12) decided to take on two projects, the SPCA and the Cancer Society.

“All of us just really like animals,” Tympani said.

They were surprised how friendly all the animals were, she said.

“They all wanted to come up for a cuddle.”

The Gore shelter had re-homed four dogs recently but was still looking after 13 cats and 14 kittens, Mrs McDowall said.

The use of social media had resulted in people from other areas adopting animals.

“One of the dogs was adopted out to people who drove down from Whanganui – they saw him on our Facebook page,” she said.

The organisation’s national fundraiser, SPCA Cupcake Day, was coming up on August 6 and she urged people to bake and sell cupcakes to support the cause.

“It is so easy – just bake delicious cupcakes, sell them to your family and friends and you will be raising much-needed funds for abused, neglected and abandoned animals.”

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