Keys will unlock new era for Friends of RSPCA Gladstone
EIGHT long months have passed since Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone had to move its animals out of the pound to allow for renovations, but excitement is now building as the group expects a key to be handed over by the council next week.
"For the last eight months we haven't been able to keep our animals quarantined, and as a result two dogs were lost to parvovirus," Friends of the RSPCA's Judy Wicker said.
"Once we get the keys, it'll be just wonderful."
The council facility will be used to quarantine dogs and cats, with adoptions conducted out of volunteer foster carers' homes and from Petbarn in Kin Kora.
Cat foster carer Anita Coad is proud of the group of Friends of the RSPCA volunteers she belongs to, which is the third most successful group in Queensland.
"Any cat or dog that is friendly enough to rehome, we take from the Gladstone council and save," she said.
A cat adoption centre established in November last year at Petbarn Kin Kora is central to Friends of the RSPCA's pet rehoming system.
The shop front provides the only public interface available throughout business hours.
Other pets can be viewed by appointment or at adoption days, held at carers' homes and at Petbarn.
Since the pet supplies store opened eight weeks ago customers have adopted 18 cats and kittens, with all proceeds donated to Friends of the RSPCA.
The first rescue kitten was sold within one hour of being available for adoption at Petbarn, said assistant manager Kathleen Henderson.
Prospective owners are vetted by Petbarn to ensure people with a police record or any record of cruelty to animals cannot adopt a cat.
To view dogs, puppies, cats and kittens visit adoptapet.com.au.
- 250 cats, dogs, kittens and pups rehomed in 2013 in Gladstone
- 150 pets available for adoption now, currently housed with carers
- 40 volunteer carers in Gladstone
- Dog adoption day to be held 9am-12pm Sunday, March 9 outside Petbarn
Hello Kitty! Rescue a cat
THE Krueger family recently moved to Gladstone from Karratha, Western Australia, where they acted as foster carers for rescue cats.
Mum Ally Krueger said the kids are now "addicted to cats".
Emily and Georgia jumped at the chance to hold the young cats up for adoption at Petbarn, and enjoyed fostering them, too.
"Cats are friendly and if you're lonely you can always have them to take care of you," Emily said.
"Some of the cats were very shy but you get to know them and then they come out often. Some of them were really friendly and wanted to play all the time."
Rescue cat Beejay is one of 150 pets up for adoption and who are being cared for by either Petbarn or Friends of the RSPCA carers in Gladstone.
Many of the pets have been dumped at the tip, on the side of the road or left at the pound, said Friends of the RSPCA's Betty Bridge.