Paws loses its home
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.