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