Pets are waiting to be yours
IT ISN'T even Christmas yet - the time of year when the RSPCA notoriously becomes the dumping ground for unwanted pet presents - and already it is raining cats and dogs at the Bundaberg shelter.
In a sign that bodes badly for the festive season ahead, about 20 puppies and 20 kittens are available for adoption, with a further 20 kittens in foster homes waiting until they are old enough to be adopted out.
RSPCA Bundaberg assistant shelter manager Karina Taylor said usually kittens and puppies were snatched up pretty quickly, but this year people were not buying pets.
The shelter is now running specials to entice people to buy them.
"With puppies and kittens we have reduced the cost to $150, with about $50 of food," she said.
Ms Taylor said some of the kittens and pups had been surrendered, while others had been dumped.
She said of those litters that had been surrendered, some were from repeat offenders.
"It's easier for them to give them to us than to find homes on their own," she said.
"We would love people to think twice before buying a pet and get them desexed."
Of those up for adoption are two puppies - Porky and Pig - who were found by RSPCA regional inspector Amanda Yates covered in mites, had lost most of their fur and were suffering the beginnings of infections under their skin.
Ms Yates said the dogs' condition was caused by demodex, a mite that can be easily cured with simple treatments available at the vet.
The inspector had been called out to check on Porky and Pig at their Avoca home previously and the owner had made moves to get the dogs treated.
"I don't think he followed it up properly," she said.
Ms Yates said after seven weeks and multiple treatments, the dogs were ready to be rehomed.
"They have one more treatment left, but if the person who adopts them brings the dogs in we will do (the treatment) for free," she said.
Ms Taylor said the shelter would soon run more specials in a bid to encourage people to adopt, but warned it was a big responsibility.