Help­ing get an­i­mals out of pounds faster

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE - Danielle Ford [email protected]­news.com.au

ALL year round the Sun­shine Coast Lost Pet Registry works tire­lessly to help miss­ing an­i­mals find their way home.

Now as the hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties start to kick off, the group is busy fundrais­ing to en­sure it’s ready to help as many peo­ple and an­i­mals as it can dur­ing this busy time of year.

Registry mem­ber Deb­bie Ayres said the num­ber of lost pets dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod tended to be higher than the rest of the year.

“A com­bi­na­tion of fes­tiv­i­ties with fire­works and sum­mer storms tends to mean more an­i­mals get­ting lost and more end­ing up in the pound,” she said.

The Queens­land Lost Pet Registry, which the Coast group is a part of, launched a Pound Re­lease Fund about six months ago, which is used to pro­vide in­ter­est-free loans to as­sist peo­ple in get­ting their an­i­mals home sooner.

“The longer an an­i­mal is at the pound, the more it can cost to get them out, so the sooner the bet­ter,” Ms Ayres said.

She said peo­ple had to ap­ply for the loan and be in fi­nan­cial hard­ship and prove they will be able to pay it back.

With some re­lease fees cost­ing up to $800, Ms Ayres said the fund was al­ways in need of a top up, so she’s or­gan­ised a Christ­mas raf­fle to help raise funds, with a five-night stay at The Beach Club Mooloolaba the top prize.

“We’ve been re­ally well sup­ported by lo­cal busi­nesses and have some fan­tas­tic prizes on of­fer,” Ms Ayres said.

To pur­chase tick­ets email, deb­[email protected]­pond.com.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit face­book.com /Queens­land­lost­pets.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

HAPPY POOCHES: Deb­bie Ayres, pic­tured with her dogs fundrais­ing raf­fle for Queens­land Lost Pet Regis­ter. Ali and Molly, has or­gan­ised a

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