As the weather warms up, it becomes all the more important to take care of our pets and be mindful of other animals who may wander into our backyards.
With warnings from the Country Fire Authority already informing us that this may be a scorching summer, it is necessary for us to take precautions with our pets and ensure they are comfortable during hot days.
This may mean making corn ice blocks for your chickens or letting your dog or cat inside when the mercury soars. Humans are lucky because they can remove clothes, but unfortunately our furry friends cannot take off their coats.
Other important creatures to be mindful this time of year include snakes and kangaroos, which have been spotted in built-up areas.
For many people, snakes are often viewed with terror, but it is important to remember that it is illegal to kill snakes as they are protected under environmental legislation.
Snakes often do not want to be around people or their pets, so if you see one, make sure your animals are safe and then phone a licensed snake handler to come and collect it.
Do not try to collect the snake yourself or you could get bitten and, in the worst possible case, die.
In the case of kangaroos, it is important to remember that sometimes they come closer to town because they are seeking water or food or have just gotten lost.
Unlike Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, real kangaroos are not always friendly and as there is no concrete evidence to suggest they go on adventures with people, we must exercise caution when near them.
If you happen to see a kangaroo near a built-up area, its a wise step to report its presence to the police or Benalla Rural City Council.
Remember, animals are often more afraid of us than we are of them, but if we are careful and understanding of them we need not fear injuring one another.