Loving homes needed for 'kitten tsunami'
THE Ipswich Animal Welfare League Queensland rehoming centre is part of a regional effort to find loving homes for hundreds of orphaned cats and dogs.
The Game of Bones campaign launches today and continues until Sunday, offering dogs and puppies for $50 and cats and kittens for $20.
Over the four days, the AWLQ hopes to put a significant dent in its current population of almost 1000 cats and dogs.
AWLQ spokesperson Brooke Whitney said rehoming centres had experienced a 'kitten tsunami' recently due to an extended cat breeding season.
Of the total population of all AWLQ centres, Ipswich has 326 animals in its care - about 134 of which are in foster care because the local centre simply isn't big enough to house all the animals.
"In just one weekend we can have over 40 cats with litters arrive on just one shelter's doorstep with nowhere else to go," Ms Whitney said.
"Our staff and our resources are under huge pressure to help every incoming animal so we need to rehome the available animals just as quickly as they come in to make space."
AWLQ is on the lookout for Ipswich businesses and community members to help look after unwanted pets.
All animals are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and vet checked.
It costs the AWLQ $500 to make an animal available for adoption but with so many companion pets waiting for space at the shelter the AWLQ are happy to incur the loss of funds in order to save lives.
"We pride ourselves in being the experts in rehoming and finding a way to help animals when traditional methods aren't working. Our goal is to rehome a minimum of 200 animals over the four days. A goal will only be achievable if we can get the support of the community," Ms Whitney said.
To view animals available for adoption visit http://www.awlqld.com.au.