Paws loses its home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Tib­balls

THE Paws and Claws an­i­mal refuge will have to va­cate its premises at the end of Septem­ber.

“We’ll have nowhere else to go – we will be home­less,” said Paws and Claws pres­i­dent and Dou­glas Shire coun­cil­lor Michael Kerr.

The tim­ing of the clo­sure of the refuge is un­for­tu­nate, with the long-an­tic­i­pated move to a new prop­erty still in the works.

Mr Kerr ex­plained that the owner of the lot on the Cap­tain Cook High­way where Paws and Claws has been lo­cated for the past 23 years had re­quested the char­ity move out be­cause a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the land was go­ing to lapse un­less they made a start.

Mr Kerr stressed that their land­lord had been fan­tas­tic to the char­ity but un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances were caus­ing the bind Paws and Claws now finds it­self in.

“The com­mit­tee has been ac­tively search­ing for a new prop­erty ... but un­til re­cently has been un­able to lo­cate a suit­able block of land.”

Cur­rently the refuge is home to 12 dogs and 21 cats, and will not be tak­ing on any new an­i­mals.

The refuge will move to adopt a range of so­lu­tions for its cur­rent board­ers.

“We are look­ing for fos­ter patents to take on dogs and cats for at least six months,” said Mr Kerr.

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