Pets seek­ing ‘me­owy’ Xmas in for­ever home

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

FAM­I­LIES across the Tablelands are be­ing en­cour­aged to open their hearts and their homes to a furry lit­tle friend this Christ­mas by adopt­ing a pet from the Ma­reeba An­i­mal Refuge.

About 40 cats and kit­tens are cur­rently in care at the lo­cal shel­ter and about 25 pup­pies and dogs, who are all look­ing to be adopted into their for­ever homes.

Man­ager Jen­nifer Walsh said adopt­ing a pet was ex­tremely re­ward­ing, but also re­minded po­ten­tial pet own­ers that it was a com­mit­ment.

“There’s noth­ing that en­riches your life more and you couldn’t get a bet­ter Christ­mas present,” she said.

“This is a life­time of an­i­mal com­mit­ment and ev­ery­one in the fam­ily must be in­volved in the choice – sur­prises are not good.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that ev­ery­one knows and un­der­stands the re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes along with own­ing a pet.”

Ms Walsh said the lo­cal refuge had been op­er­at­ing at al­most full ca­pac­ity for some time now and would con­tinue to be in­un­dated with an­i­mals over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“It’s a real strug­gle to try and jug­gle the space to get ev­ery­thing in with the board­ers, strays and sur­ren­ders, be­cause it’s the busiest time,” she said.

“Es­pe­cially with the clo­sure of Paws and Claws in Port Dou­glas it’s put a strain on us.

“An­i­mals are com­ing up from down there where they nor­mally wouldn’t.

“When RSPCA in Cairns closes in Jan­uary for six months for re­build­ing it’s go­ing to be even worse”.

Ms Walsh thanked the com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port and do­na­tions to the refuge through­out the year.

“We do get a lot of food do- na­tions at Christ­mas and things like cat lit­ter and puppy and kit­ten food we can al­ways do with,” she said.

“The school’s are very sup­port­ive, they’re re­ally com­ing on board with their col­lec­tions.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer dog walker at the refuge in the New Year, or do­nat­ing goods can visit the refuge at 35 Hick­ling Ave, Ma­reeba, or phone 4092 3060.

It’s re­ally im­por­tant that ev­ery­one knows and un­der­stands the re­spon­si­bil­ity that goes along with own­ing a pet. Ma­reeba An­i­mal Refuge man­ager Jen­nifer Walsh

Pic­ture: An­drea Falvo

Ma­reeba An­i­mal Refuge man­ager, Jen­nifer Walsh is hop­ing that three-month-old kit­ten, Zin­nia will find a for­ever home this Christ­mas.

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