Dumped pets inundate RSPCA
CHRISTMAS has provided little respite from the usual stream of unwanted animals crowding the Bundaberg RSPCA animal shelter, with staff forced to transfer some animals to other centres to take some of the pressure off their facilities.
Shelter assistant manager Karina Taylor said a lot of dogs and cats had been taken to the Bundaberg facility before Christmas.
"We had to transfer some of them to Noosa and Gympie," she said.
Miss Taylor said staff returned to the shelter from their Christmas break yesterday and were now waiting for the annual influx of unwanted pets given as gifts.
She said the shelter had 13 cats for sale at present, with 40 or 50 being cared for by foster owners.
Miss Taylor said kittens were often taken to the shelter when they were only a few weeks old, and had to be cared for by foster owners until they were old enough to be put up for adoption.
"More kittens are just walking through the door," she said.
Miss Taylor said she expected more kittens to be handed in to the shelter, as the warm summer months were the peak time for cats to breed.
"Some people don't want to spend the money to have their cats desexed so they just bring litter after litter in to us," she said.
"We're the easy option. It means they don't have to spend any money."
Miss Taylor said the shelter often had cats dumped there, but they were a lot harder to find homes for than kittens.
The RSPCA warned earlier this month that climate change was also leading to too many unwanted moggies.
Cat breeding cycles are lengthening and animal welfare centres across the state have reported a spike in kitten numbers in recent years.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said cat breeding cycles now stretched from October through to May.