Paws will be home­less

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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Refuge man­ager Kyle Cord­well will be kept on to man­age the an­i­mals that will be put in fos­ter care by pro­vid­ing sup­port – he will also be man­ag­ing and spear­head­ing fund rais­ing ef­forts over the months that Paws and Claws doesn’t have a home.

“We’ve got a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity - it’s just a shame the new prop­erty hasn’t come through yet,” said Mr Cord­well.

Some of the 21 cats at the refuge will be moved to shel­ters in Cairns and on the Table­land as part of the plan. Mr Cord­well said that luck­ily, the refuge had not been full when they learned the news – thanks to a bumper pe­riod of adop­tions.

While Paws and Claws will not be tak­ing on any new an­i­mals, Mr Cord­well said that there was still a high num­ber of un­wanted an­i­mals in the area.

“We’ve had to turn away a lot of an­i­mals re­cently be­cause of the site.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Cord­well, many other shel­ters in Cairns and the wider re­gion are cur­rently full, and the tem­po­rary clo­sure of Paws and Claws will have a huge im­pact on ef­forts to safely re­home un­wanted an­i­mals.

“Peo­ple should not only

sup­port us, but other shel­ters in the re­gion be­cause they’re go­ing to be in­un­dated.”

Mr Kerr said that Paws and Claws had been work­ing with Dou­glas Shire to lo­cate a new per­ma­nent home for the refuge.

“We had hoped the lat­est block iden­ti­fied ... as the site for the new fa­cil­ity would be ready to com­mence op­er­a­tion be­fore be­ing re­quired to va­cate our present home.”

He added that plans for the new shel­ter were in their fi­nal stages, and more de­tails would be re­leased in com­ing weeks.

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIB­BALLS

Kyle Cord­well, man­ager at Paws and Claws Port Dou­glas with Zeus.

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