AWL employees Nicole Cannon and Gabrielle Wheaton taking the Ipswich pound animals to the Animal Welfare League.
AWL employees Nicole Cannon and Gabrielle Wheaton taking the Ipswich pound animals to the Animal Welfare League. Sarah Harvey

Welfare League saves pets

THE ANIMAL Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) has been collecting dogs and cats rescued from the floods in the Ipswich area and urgently needs up to 23 foster carers.

AWLQ is helping to make sure animals are kept safe and returned to their owners as quickly as possible and has issued some advice for pet owners who may be affected by floods in Brisbane, Ipswich and surrounds.

AWLQ spokeswoman Gabrielle Wheaton said and other AWLQ staff came to the Ipswich Showgrounds to collect animals rescued from the Ipswich Pound to take back to the Gold Coast.

Miss Wheaton also said she and a convoy of staff and volunteers made a mercy dash to the RSPCA's Fairfield quarters last week and they were now caring for 22 of the RSPCA's dogs until the crisis passed.

She said working together, the welfare groups would be able to ensure as many animals as possible were returned to their owners but she warned recovery would be lengthy, heartbreaking and expensive, and that the danger had not yet passed.

“People with pets who have been impacted by the flooding are no doubt still waiting to return to their homes, and can contact us if they need help with pet food, but all pet owners should also take heed that there will be many dangers once the waters recede.

“Mosquitoes, ticks, cane toads, and snakes will be everywhere; so if you can, protect your pets now with relevant prevention products as soon as you can.”

Ms Wheaton said that thanks to Mars Pet Foods, AWLQ was able to offer pet food to flood-affected communities.

For more information visit www.awlqld.com.au or call 5509 9000.



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