No room at the Bundaberg RSPCA
THE Bundaberg RSPCA shelter has been the third busiest in Queensland over recent weeks — taking in 175 animals in the past 15 days.
Shelter manager Vicki Beer said 75 of those animals had been kittens and the majority of the rest were puppies.
“We always are full at this time; it happens every year,” she said.
Mrs Beer said Toowoomba, which had a population considerably larger than Bundaberg, had only 79 animals brought to the shelter in the past 15 days.
The only two shelters busier than Bundaberg were the Fairfield and Dakabin shelters in Brisbane.
Mrs Beer said there were a number of steps people could take to help the RSPCA out if they found an animal in the streets.
“If they like they can hold onto it themselves, ask neighbours if it’s their cat, place an ad in the paper, put posters up and call the RSPCA and say they have found a pet and are looking after it,” she said.
Mrs Beer said if a pet owner called with a missing pet matching the description of one someone had found, they would put the owner in contact with the person holding the pet.
She urged people to ensure their pets were desexed and had a collar, identification and were microchipped.
“Please keep your cats inside. We get so many cats that are caught in traps or have wandered into the neighbour’s yard,” she said.
Mrs Beer said the Bundaberg shelter had recently sent 10 puppies out to other shelters in the state and planned to send another 10 soon.
“Hopefully we can send them soon; we are just sending the emails out now,” she said.
Mrs Beer said dogs would be held for three days and cats for a minimum of 24 hours unless they had an illness and could not be quarantined.