In search of good homes
IPSWICH pet lovers who have the time to take care of cattle dogs with special needs are being asked to considering adopting one from the RSPCA Queensland.
The animal welfare shelter at Wacol is looking for large and small acreage homes for 12 cattle dogs that have "special needs".
The dogs were originally part of a seizure of a large number of animals from a property near Kingaroy and have been in RSPCA care for two years.
Now the legal proceedings have wrapped up the shelter is keen to find homes for the dogs.
They are currently being shared among the shelter and foster carers.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said they dogs were "beautiful" but had "very special needs due to their history and genes".
"We will suit the majority of family situations but we have to be honest and say that these dogs require special homes," Mr Beatty said.
"Most of them are quite timid, tend to be scared of loud noises such as heavy traffic and would only suit people with children over 16.
"However they do get along well with other dogs.
"In fact they will probably do better if they're rehomed to someone who already has another dog."
RSPCA Qld's behavioural team also feel they would be better suited to a family on acreage.
Shelter manager Nanda Ten Grotenhuis said, ideally, people should have also had experience with working dog breeds.
She said the dogs may also need to continue with confidence training.
"They've been with us a long time and we've all become very fond of them," Ms Grotenhuis said.
"However they really do need proper, permanent homes."
Phone 1300 364 443 for inquiries. The RSPCA Animal Care Campus is located on Wacol Station Rd, Wacol. Head online to www.rspcaqld.org.au.