BEING wholly self-funded by volunteers, Friends of RSPCA Gladstone can often struggle to make ends meet.

Vet bills alone can cost up to $6000 per month and in the past four years, Friends of RSPCA president Judy Whicker has seen the number of animals in need dramatically increase.

"We went from saving approximately 100 animals per year to over 500," she said.

But time and again, Ms Whicker has seen small businesses come to the rescue.

Most recently, Vision Environment donated $25,000 towards a new van and Andrew Bauer's Bank of Queensland contributed $1000 for fuel and ongoing costs.

Hundreds of animals require transport every year.

"In the past our old van would often be out of action because of mechanical problems so we have had to use our own cars to transport the animals," Ms Whicker said.

"It is wonderful small businesses are able to help in this way. But it would be great to see the bigger companies who are doing so well in Gladstone come on board and support us."

Vision Environment director Leonie Anderson felt it was her duty to give back to the community.

"We wanted to give a hand to a worthy cause," she said.

As a foster carer for Friends of RSPCA Gladstone, she was well aware a new van was desperately needed.

"The housing crisis in town has seen an increase in pets being abandoned and also lower rates of adoption.

"Friends of RSPCA Gladstone don't get any funding, so that is why they are our 2012 charity," she said.



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