Homeless, homeless shelter
HOMELESS cats and dogs sheltering at the Paws and Claws could become homeless again, with the land for sale and not enough money to build their new facility.
Paws and Claws Kennels, which shelters around 30 animals and re-houses more than 100 animals every year, has been running for 14 years on the same site along the Capt Cook Highway at Craiglie, but now the land has been placed on the market and it is time to move.
With land in Craiglie industry park ready for a new facility, architectural plans and all development plans approved, all Paws and Claws needs is funds to build their new home. Paws and Claws treasurer Deborah Maguire said they are $500,000 short of making this a reality - and time is running out. ‘‘If the property is sold and they want to develop it straight away we will have to look at our options, try and find something for the interim but we want to ask the owner to please give us at least six months,’’ she said.
‘‘Whilst we have been out there busily raising money, now we really have a deadline and we are giving ourselves a deadline for the end of the year to get this extra money.
‘‘While $500,000 sounds like a lot of money we have already raised $420,000 and the more the wider community comes on board the easier it will be. There’s opportunity for companies to sponsor us and be recognised, people can donate money and claim it as a tax deduction and it’s an opportunity for investors who will receive their money back.’’
Paws and Claws provides a vital service re-housing animals.
‘‘We are a community organisation and an integral part of the community, we look after the neglected and abandoned pets and most do get re-housed back into the community and we are also a boarding facility,’’ she said.
‘‘We are the only animal refuge north of Cairns so we look after the whole Douglas Shire.
‘‘In our new facility, which will be a larger refuge, we will be able to re-house more animals, we will have a vet on site and will offer a larger range of care services for domesticated cats and dogs’’
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu said the community should be proud of the incredible fundraising efforts so far and now is the time to dig even deeper.
Information about types of contributions can be found on their website, or by emailling email@example.com or calling Deb Maguire on 0405 928 430.