AFTER almost 25 years the Friends of RSPCA is having a name change, and it's a welcome one for its volunteers.
RSPCA Queensland now operates under a company limited by guarantee, a key move that shows its growth from just our state to Australia wide.
The move means in Gladstone the group, which has been operated by volunteers, will have one paid position for a veterinary nurse.
Its name is changed to Team RSPCA Gladstone, too.
Group president and dog co-ordinator Nicole Allison said there was a huge financial benefit to the group having its own vet nurse.
Each month the group spends up to $20,000 on veterinary bills.
"At the moment it'll help with our basic vet checks that make sure our animals are healthy,” Ms Allison said.
"We're paying for vet appointments to have a cough looked at so now the vet nurse can have a look first for those basic medical needs.”
Ms Allison said the paid position would take the pressure off volunteers operating the adoption centre, too.
For more than five years the Gladstone fundraising arm of Friends of RSPCA has been the only one in Queensland to rehome animals and man its own shelter.
The ongoing growth was all a result of hard work from its volunteers.
"We are very special and unique here in Gladstone,” she said.
Now the group will operate as a fundraising team and an official RSPCA animal-handling body, though all money raised will remain local, supporting the re-homing of more than 500 animals each year.
If you want to support the group, head to the adoption day on Sunday.
A dog adoption day is this Sunday at the Albert Rd adoption centre from 9am - noon.
A cat adoption day is at 17 Pams Ct, Beecher on Sunday from 10am - 1pm.