'Heartbreak' as Gladstone RSPCA forced to turn away cats

THE Friends of RSPCA Gladstone is not rescuing anymore cats until the 60 they have are adopted.

It's a state-wide issue that saw RSPCA Qld declare they were in 'crisis mode' yesterday.

Friends of RSPCA Gladstone president Judy Whicker said they have 60 cats and almost the same amount of dogs.

"It breaks our heart, especially when we see the animals keep on pouring in to the pound."

>> RSPCA Qld facing highest influx of animals in a decade

"That pound is like a revolving door and there's just going to be more animals put down," she said.

With Christmas approaching, some foster carers will have to take on extra animals as other families go away.
 

Another factor that has seen an increase in cats is the start of breeding season.

Ms Whicker said she also gets multiple calls every week from people who want to surrender their dogs and cats so they can go on holidays.

"In the last week we had two young puppies surrendered - one with a broken femur and the other with a broken leg.

"We paid for their vet bills which put us back a couple of thousand dollars," she said.

Ultimately though she said the message of desexing animals was not getting through to pet owners.

If you are interested in being a foster carer email Judy on judywhicker1@bigpond.com.



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