November 11, 2009
AN incredible 120 animals arrived at the Animal Welfare League of Qld’s Coombabah shelter yesterday, and with many of those already pregnant, that figure has already been revised after five kittens were born overnight.
Public relations manager Gabrielle Wheaton said if people did not come forward and adopt today, or register as foster carers, the not-for-profit organisation would have to start temporarily turning people away.
“Currently we are asking those people looking to surrender their dogs and cats to go on a waiting list as we simply don’t have room for them,” Miss Wheaton said.
“Yesterday we took in 120 cats and dogs – not just from Gold Coast residents no longer able to care for their pets and their unexpected litters, but also from council pounds at Logan, Ipswich, and Beaudesert.
“Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we were also able to give surrendered animals from Ipswich another chance at life, but without help we simply cannot continue to do so.
“When more than 100 animals arrive and only 6 are adopted it really puts the pressure on.”
Not only is the Shelter Road Education and Rehoming Centre struggling to cope with incoming animals, Miss Wheaton said it was also finding it hard to attract donations.
Good-quality dog food, kitten sachets, cat carriers, collapsible crates for emergency kitten accommodation, litter trays, toys and food bowls for cats, dog collars, bedding and linen, and Kong toys are all needed urgently so the shelter can care for the animals over Christmas.
For more information, images or an interview, please call AWL PR manager Gabrielle Wheaton on 5509 9030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org