Home­less, home­less shel­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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 info@pawsand­claws.org.au or call­ing Deb Maguire on 0405 928 430.

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