Pets seeking ‘meowy’ Xmas in forever home
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
Mareeba Animal Refuge manager, Jennifer Walsh is hoping that three-month-old kitten, Zinnia will find a forever home this Christmas.