Special relationship with animals
FOR Shirlena Wright, finding homes for lost animals is what she does best - and she loves it.
In her role as secretary of the Warwick Animal Welfare Association, Miss Wright spends her days pairing up lonely dogs and cats with loving owners.
Miss Wright said her job was incredibly rewarding, but the WAWA needed more carers.
"We have about seven carers at the moment, but we need as many as we can get," Miss Wright said.
"We need cat carers more than dogs because they are the most commonly surrendered animal."
When an animal is rescued, the WAWA assigns the animal to a carer who looks after it until a new home is arranged.
"All you have to do is look after the animal, make sure it has food, water and love," Miss Wright said.
"All you need is a fully-fenced yard if you want to care for dogs, and screened windows and doors for cats.
"We supply food and kitty litter and whatever they need," she said.
But for Miss Wright and the other volunteers who care for rescued animals, being a carer is more than just a temporary job.
"It's very rewarding to know you're helping find loving homes for these animals to grow old in," Miss Wright said.
She said it was the love you received in return that made it such a special experience.
"Most rescued pets know that you have rescued them.
"They seem to appreciate you more, even more than your own pets.
"They snuggle up to you more and it's as if they're saying 'thank you'," Miss Wright said.
But as with every relationship, saying goodbye can often be the hardest part.
"Some you really do fall in love with. My black and white kitten was a foster cat who I kept, I just couldn't give away," Miss Wright said.
To be a carer, there must be a person over 18 years old living in the household and the arrangement must be confirmed with your real estate agent.
Become a carer
Use the contact button on Facebook or call the Warwick Animal Welfare Association on 0447 801 909.