AWL Ipswich is trying to find a new home for Sweetie.
AWL Ipswich is trying to find a new home for Sweetie. David Nielsen

Animals waiting for adoption

SHE is mellow and enjoys snuggling up for a cuddle, but four-year-old Sweetie has had no luck finding a permanent home due to her age.

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) spokeswoman Gabrielle Wheaton said the cat was among a long list of animals being overlooked for adoption.

“Sometimes it’s as simple as not being able to compete with the ‘cute factor’, but other times adults are overlooked for reasons which can be nothing more than misconceptions,” she said.

“Those who are not familiar with shelters can sometimes think that the dogs and cats at AWLQ are there because there is something wrong with them, but more often than not this is not the case at all.

“Most of our animals are here through no fault of their own.”

AWL Ipswich branch manager Heidi Pollard said Sweetie had been surrendered by her owners, who felt they were simply unable to keep her.

She said while the domestic longhair had a food allergy, her health problems had cleared up since going on a special diet.

“She’s such a beautiful cat,” Mrs Pollard said.

“She would make such a loving pet, but a lot of people are just on the look out for kittens.”

Mrs Pollard said there were definite advantages to taking on an older cat.

“Usually they have all their behavioural issues sorted out, they are house trained and won’t tear up the house the way a younger kitten would,” she said.

“All the cats are also de-sexed and microchipped.”

Mrs Pollard said another animal looking for a new home was 12-year-old fox terrier cross Jake.

“He has quite a bit of energy, but all he wants is just attention and love,” she said.

“He likes to sit and sleep near you. We think he must have been someone’s lap dog.”

For more information on Animal Welfare League Ipswich, phone 3812 7533 or visit www.awlqld.com.au.



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