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More and more cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are being delivered to AWLQld from Ipswich every week.  They have a dedicated group of volunteers in Ipswich who are not well known but who carry the burden of delivering the unwanted pets to the Gold Coast Shelter once and sometimes twice per week.  There is an urgent need in this area for a larger shelter able to house far more cats and kittens then I can manage on my own. I could do it but being on my own I cannot manage financially to meet this need and care for all the cats and kittens properly.  There is a desperate need in our local area with people being forced either through financial circumstances or policies by rental agents and landlords that don't allow for pets when in fact the majority of these rental agents and landlords themselves have pets but deny this simple need in others.  Councils seem to believe that it is easier to simply euthanaese the pets that end up in their pounds rather than find them loving homes.  While this mentality continues welfare organisations both large and small will continue to try and find loving homes for those pets that can be saved and fill the need for those people who will go to almost any lengths to ensure that their much loved pet has a possibility of a future with a loving family if they themselves cannot through circumstances not of their own making manage to keep them.

There should be a recognition that the people in every area should take responsibility for their own animal populations and if that means that every area needs a local easilly accessable animal re-homing centre then so be it.

We cannot afford to continue to churn out unwanted cats and kittens when there are so many beautiful, healthy, loving and gentle animals languishing in pounds and shelters around this country hoping for a second chance.

The laws on microchipping will go some way towards identifiying who owns a pet but only the responsible owners will get this done in the first place.  We still need to push for compulsory desexing of all cats, kittens, dogs and puppies prior to sale or being given away with the only exception being responsible breeders who are selling to other responsible breeders. In my experience the majority of breeders are already insisting on their kittens or puppies being desexed if not of breeding standard.

It is a very rare occurance to find a purebred animal appearing in the shelters or pounds. And although some would say that breeders are not doing the right thing in an environment where so many animals are being neglected, I believe that the purebred lines need to be maintained because they provide consistancy in both type and temperment for future generations.

March 22, 2009 at 8:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Ipswich pet owners forced to surrender animals COMPARED to last year, the number of animals surrendered to the Animal Welfare League of Qld due to financial reasons has doubled.In the eight‐month period from July 1, 2007, to February 28, 2008, 35 animal were surrendered with the owners giving the reason as ‘financial’. This year, in the same eight‐month period, 70 owners could not afford to keep their pets. (Please see end of release for statistics). Add to this the number of animals received when the owners moved and could not take their pets with them, and the problem worsens. Yesterday, Monday, March 3, the AWL’s Coombabah shelter accepted a transfer of another 19 animals from Ipswich. Three of those animals were cats who were surrendered to the AWL because the landlord would not
allow pets. When people adopt or surrender an animal from the AWL, they are asked to conduct a short interview with rehoming team staff.
This enables staff to record any pertinent information which wil ensure the dog or cat is matched with a family or household best suited to them. For example, as many dogs have come from a family home environment, the owner will know if the dog is house‐trained, likes water play, or hates cats – vital if the new pet is to settle in to its new home successfully.

AWL president Denise Bradley wanted to thank the hard‐working team of volunteers who made the weekly – sometimes twice‐weekly – trip to deliver animals to the Gold Coast shelter for rehoming.Shelter Road, Coombabah PO Box 3253, Helensvale Town Centre Qld 4212
Phone: 07 5509 9030 Fax: 07 5594 0131

“We have really dedicated volunteers who come down every single week of the year; and as we have been doing so for nearly eight years there would be hundreds – perhaps thousands of animals saved,”
Ms Bradley said.

“Not many people are aware of the Ipswich branch of volunteers who are helping the community’s animals. “We can only do so much; hopefully one day soon we will be able to have a shelter in Ipswich, we really need to push for one as we collect so many animals from Ipswich, and also Scenic Rim, Logan, Brisbane, Gold Coast, and the Willawong pounds.”

Ms Bradley said while the number of animals being surrendered due to financial reasons could easily be seen thanks to AWL’s research, the impact of the economic downturn was also reflected in falling
rehoming rates.

The AWL is proud of the fact it has not had to euthanase a healthy dog for the past eight months and is striving to maintain this, but homes must be found for the dogs already in its care for this to be possible.
Last February, 342 animals were rehomed, but this year, just 86 dogs and cats found homes. The AWL is now at full capacity in both the dog and cat divisions, and Ms Bradley urged anyone in a position to provide a responsible, loving home to visit and check out the animals ready for adoption.

After all, if the AWL can make the trip to collect unwanted or stray animals, surely prospective owners can do the same. Ms Bradley said once an animal was adopted, the AWL had a range of programs, brochures and workshops designed to ensure your new companion becomes a friend for life. She also said if people in the Ipswich area were desperate to keep their pet as a family member, the AWL may be able to assist desperate pet owners feed their pets for a time. “We understand with the financial crisis if people are really, really stuck we may be able to help with pet food; that way we can help people to keep their family pet,” she said.

“While we may be able to assist some people for a limited time, we ask you to think about how badly you need our help, as the AWL receives no government funding for its welfare work.”

Please call PR Manager Gabrielle Wheaton on 5509 9030 for food assistance.

March 22, 2009 at 9:41 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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