A makeshift shelter is offering a temporary home for hundreds of animals as people evacuate from their homes near Nelson as a wildfire spreads through the region.
In the past 24 hours a makeshift animal shelter at the Richmond A&P grounds has welcomed about 350 evacuated animals, including horses, pigs, chickens and even a turtle.
Carolyn Press-McKenzie, from Helping You Help Animals (HUHA), said the initiative started with her jumping on a plane from Wellington with the plan to help out wherever she could.
"Any animal that needs shelter - we're here and ready for them," she said. "There's a lot of emotion. There's nothing worse, I think, than being displaced as a family and for people these animals are their family."
HUHA is a charitable trust which provides shelter for less fortunate animals. Ms Press-McKenzie said people trusted in the organisation to care for their pets during the fire.
"We've got this, we can handle it. Anything that they [evacuees] need, we've got it under control," she said.
But not without help from the community.
"Everyone's pitching in," Ms Press-McKenzie said. "It was crazy. Yesterday we asked for blankets and we ended up with a small island of blankets."