GRAB A BEST MATE FOR CHRIST­MAS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - TALISA ELEY

ALL they want for Christ­mas is a home, and dogs and cats may just get their wish as the An­i­mal Wel­fare League hosts a ma­jor adop­tion week­end on the Gold Coast.

The Coom­babah cen­tre will host its fifth an­nual Project Empty Shel­ter week­end, hop­ing to re­home an­i­mals for Christ­mas.

Adop­tion fees for adult pets have been slashed for the week­end with cats from $30 and dogs from $80.

This year staff have about 80 cats and 40 dogs ready to be adopted.

State re­hom­ing man­ager Melinda Phipps said life­style changes were of­ten to blame for sur­ren­dered pets.

“Most of the time it’s the per­son not the pet. It’s usu­ally more than one rea­son but usu­ally it’s around change in a fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion, peo­ple hav­ing to move or chang­ing jobs which means they might not be able to take their pet with them,” she said.

The fes­tive sea­son also means a leap in sur­ren­der num­bers at AWLQ.

“De­cem­ber is re­ally when we start to see breed­ing sea­son with kit­tens and pup­pies as well, some­times 100 kit­tens a week are com­ing into care across the south­east,” Ms Phipps said.

Lo­cals can meet their new best friend be­tween 10am and 5pm both days.

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