Foster carers needed for dogs as RSPCA centre gets upgrade
IT'S time to give a dog a home, Gladstone.
Last Sunday the Friends of the RSPCA lost access to their Port Access Way adoption centre for six months.
Gladstone Regional Council is upgrading the small facility so it can accommodate more abandoned animals.
A new adoption office and vet surgery will also be built as part of the upgrade.
The Brendonna Boarding Kennel will be built next door, to allow for the easy transfer of pets between the two facilities.
But in the meantime the Friends of RSPCA co-ordinator Nicole Allison has to find foster carers to look after the dogs.
"We have adoption days out here and spend our time processing new arrivals," Nicole said.
"Without the centre we have nowhere to wash, flea or behaviour-assess new dogs."
Nicole said she could only keep two to 10 dogs at the centre at a time and if the centre was at capacity, the group wouldn't be able to take any more animals.
"It is going to affect the number of dogs that come to the centre," Nicole said.
People will still be able to adopt dogs, but the adoption will have to be in a public place or at the person's house.
At the moment Nicole has the centre's hydrobath at a volunteer's house and will need to bath new dogs there.
"We are hoping someone will come forward and offer an area to do this in," she said.
Every fortnight Friends of RSPCA Gladstone hosts pet adoption days.
If you can help out the Friends of RSPCA email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0439 709 369.
Pets put down as owners take "easiest option"
FRIENDS of RSPCA is struggling to save pets from death row as owners opt to have animals destroyed because it's the "easiest option".
Gladstone Regional Council's animal services euthanise about 28 pets a month, and sometimes it's owners who give the death sentence.
Councillor Col Chapman said if animals couldn't be re-homed through the RSPCA or collected, they were "destroyed as per council protocols".
Last month, 17 pets were euthanised, compared with 94 released from the council pound.
Friends of RSPCA's Judy Whicker said owners approached the group first before surrendering pets to the pound.