All nine RSPCA Queensland Animal Care Centres are hoping for a Christmas miracle, as they are bursting at the seams with animals in need of loving homes.
RSPCA Queensland rehomes more animals than any other animal welfare organisation in Australia and is urging anyone thinking of getting a pet this Christmas to adopt.
RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty says the Christmas period is one of their busiest periods, with people surrendering animals at the start of the Christmas holidays.
“The situation is doubly frustrating because we’ve actually rehomed over two thousand more animals state wide than we had at this time last year and four thousand more than two years ago.
“We’re spending more time and money on working with dogs with borderline behavioural issues and we also work very closely with the different rescue groups. It’s a win for the animals, but now it’s also giving us some space problems. We never want to get to the stage where we have to turn away an animal so we really need to find new homes urgently.”
Approximately 25 per cent of all adult dogs and cats surrounded to the RSPCA are due to landlord or body corporate “no pets” policies.
“We need more pet friendly accommodation and let’s be logical-if someone is taking good care of their pet there’s a good chance they’ll take good care of your property. Also a recent survey showed that pet friendly accommodation had a higher resale value than non “pet friendly” accommodation,” Mr Beatty says.
The RSPCA is hoping to rehome 1300 animals during November which would be a 26 per cent increase on last year.
All RSPCA dogs and cats are de-sexed and micro-chipped.