RSPCA asks community to dig deep

Published 5:00am 29 September 2022

RSPCA asks community to dig deep
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

With thousands of unwanted, neglected, homeless and abused animals currently waiting at RSPCA shelters across the state, the organisation is calling on the community to help find these pets new loving homes by supporting its Give To Get Them Home appeal on October 6.

RSPCA Queensland’s Chief Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester says the 24-hour appeal is an opportunity for Queenslanders to make a difference to the lives of the 47,000 animals who require assistance and intervention from the RSPCA annually.

“The community has always been the backbone of the RSPCA and we rely on the generosity of Queenslanders - no matter how big or small - to help us continue to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome animals,” Dr Chester says.

“On average, it costs the RSPCA $500 to get an animal ready to find a home – a donation of $46 will provide food for an animal in care, $80 can help cover the cost of a pet’s care for one day, and $120 can help provide specialist surgery to an animal in need.”

This year, every donor will see the impact of their donation immediately doubled, thanks to pledges by RSPCA Queensland’s generous supporters Elanco, Royal Canin and Peter Alexander, with all money raised going directly to help homeless, neglected and abused animals in the community and support the charity’s animal welfare advocacy and education work.

Last year, more than 1500 people donated to the cause, raising $351,000.

This year, the RSPCA hopes to raise $500,000.

More animals in care

Sadly, due to the cost of living and rental crisis, more animals are being surrendered to the RSPCA.

“We’ve seen a slight decrease in adoptions and only recently, an increase in people applying to surrender their animals in Queensland – with surrender applications in July almost 12 per cent higher than in previous months,” Dr Chester explains.

“With the increasing financial pressures on households, we do think these trends could continue, so it has never been more important to support the RSPCA and Give To Get Them Home.”

How to donate

For more information about the RSPCA’s Give To Get The Home appeal, visit https://www.rspcagivingday.com/event/rspca-qld/donate or phone 3426 9999.

Amora’s happy ‘tail’

Amora the five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog is just one of many happy ‘tails’ who has found their forever home

Amora was found roaming the streets of Dakabin before being brought into the RSPCA.

When she arrived, she only weighed 10kgs and had a body score of two out of nine.

After months of rehabilitation, a careful feeding regime and exercise routine, Amora gradually transformed from a helpless pup to a strong and healthy 17kg dog who was finally declared fit for adoption.

Amora has now been adopted and lives with her loving family in Brisbane.

You can see more photos of Amora and her transformation into a happy and healthy dog in the gallery above. 

Adopt your own pet

If you are looking for a new furry friend to take home, you can see the animals that are currently up for adoption on the RSPCA Dakabin website.

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