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Pets dumped non-stop

IRRESPONSIBLE pet owners are being blamed for the revolving door that the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone has become.

As quickly as the local group finds new homes for abandoned and neglected dogs and cats, a whole new batch is being rescued from the grips of an uncertain future or imminent death.

On Sunday, the group re-homed five puppies and nine dogs from its monthly dog adoption day but the very next day they took in another three dogs from the Gladstone pound.

Friends of RSPCA Gladstone publicity officer Judy Whicker said people needed to be educated on becoming responsible pet owners.

Ms Whicker said pet owners should be de-sexing their animals and not dumping them at the slightest whim.

“People need to realise that if a puppy chews something up or digs a hole that is the whole part and parcel of owning a puppy,” Ms Whicker said.

“As soon as we adopt them out we get more in.

“That’s why we are in desperate need of more foster carers.”

Ms Whicker is calling on the community, particularly retirees, to come forward and assist the group by becoming a foster carer or joining the roster for van duty.

She said all foster carers were given training and support and provided with food, necessary supplies and vet treatment for animals in their care.

“Van duty involves collecting animals from the pound, doing behaviour assessments, hydro bathing dogs, computer entry and transporting to and from foster carers and vets,” Ms Whicker said.

If you can help, phone Judy Whicker on 0417 065 394 or email Tammy Driessen.



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