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Video: Even Santa Paws can’t give dogs homes

PROCESS technician Kelly Shields has fostered more than 40 dogs and counting.

"I have three boys who love dogs, and three years ago we came along to an adoption day," she said.

"We met a labrador named Nero and haven't looked back."

Ms Shields said her first attempt at fostering was a disaster.

"We did exactly what you're not supposed to do as a foster carer and kept him!" she said.

"It's always hard letting go, but you have to remember the more dogs you can foster, the more dogs can be saved."

Ms Shields brought Patch and Hunter, the two cattle dogs she is currently fostering, along to the RSPCA adoption day and Santa Paws photos on Sunday.

"These guys are so chilled out and awesome to have around," she said.

"It's harder to foster the older dogs because people want puppies, but they just want walks and cuddles.

"They have so much love to give and I really hope someone comes along and can see how amazing these little guys are."

CUTE DUO: Hunter and Patch have their photo taken with Santa and foster carer Kelly Shields.
CUTE DUO: Hunter and Patch have their photo taken with Santa and foster carer Kelly Shields. Kirsten Cunningham

Mum Jess Henley, bought kids Amelia, 10, Isabelle, 8, and Jimmy, 3, to see if there was a suitable dog they could adopt.

"We aren't ready to adopt today, but we wanted to meet the dogs and see if there was one suitable for our family," said Mrs Henley.

Isabelle gave cattle dog Patch a good pat.

"I really like him, he's so friendly and cute," she said.

Friends of the RSPCA acting president Nicole Allison was really happy with the turnout considering 30 dogs have been dumped on the centre in the last two weeks.

"People sadly dump their dogs at Christmas to go on holiday," she said.

"We are at critical capacity and desperately need forever homes and foster carers."

"The more dogs we adopt and foster, the more we can save from euthanasia."

More than 50 rescued dogs are in foster care in Gladstone and need permanent homes.

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