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Pet owners still have a week to score discounted desexing

There’s still time to take advantage of discounted desexing, with the National Desexing Month still very much in action.

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is urging all pet owners to desex their pets during National Desexing Month in July, with vets encouraged to offer special reduced rates.

It’s all due to the phenomenal breeding rate of pets, particularly cats.

More than 1,700 kittens and nearly 500 puppies came into AWLQ’s care across four Animal Rehoming Centres in South East Queensland during 2018.

On average, outside of Gold Coast and Brisbane City, 50% of cats who enter pounds and shelters are still being killed.

Sadly, many more are abandoned to live and breed on the streets, around shopping centres, and industrial complexes.

The theme of this years’ campaign this year is ‘There’s how many in a litter?? Pets can’t add but they can multiply’.

Dr Joy Verrinder from the AWLQ says we have to break the cycle of breeding, particularly of cats that can become pregnant from four months of age.

“As well as preventing unwanted litters of kittens, desexing provides many direct benefits to owners and companion animals.

“Cats and dogs are less likely to spray in and around the house, or be injured while out looking for a mate.

“They are often more relaxed and affectionate and, generally, live longer and happier lives,” says Dr Verrinder.

Pet owners have another week to score discounted rates on desexing.

For more information, and a list of participating clinics, click here.

Happy ending for chlamydia-infected koala rescued from Coomera

A chlamydia-infected koala rescued from Coomera earlier this year is now happy and healthy after receiving two and a half months of treatment at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

The fugitive koala, known as “Fugi” after a mammoth month-long rescue operation, was released back into the wild on Tuesday.

According to Wildcare volunteer Angela Blake, it was the “best day of her life” to be able to return Fugi back to his natural habitat of Coomera.

The sick koala was first brought to the attention of volunteers from Wildcare and the Coomera Conservation Group after a resident reported the koala had red eyes and a stained bottom, which are known signs of chlamydia.

However Fugi’s rescue proved to be quite a challenge and it took a month to track the koala down as he was always too high in the trees.

After many attempts, the volunteers held a 24-hour rescue operation and finally managed to rescue Fugie.

He was taken to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, where he spent almost three months receiving treatment, worth approximately $6000.

Dr Michael Pyne, Senior Vet of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, says he is extremely appreciative of all the volunteers involved in Fugi’s rescue.

“It’s really important we get these koalas in, we were able to save Fugi’s life by treating the disease early”, Dr Pyne said.

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital treated 475 koalas last year and more than half of them were suffering from disease.


Salt lamp warning after pet’s near fatal brain swelling

A cat in New Zealand almost lost her life last month, as a result of a salt lamp.

The owner brought her pet Ruby into a clinic in Whanganui after she appeared to be ‘blind and confused’.

Her owner had no idea what had happened, though after a series of tests, it was revealed Ruby had extremely high levels of sodium in her system.

It’s understood the poor pet was suffering brain swelling, and was displaying various other neurological systems.

When questioned about it, the owner recalled the cat liked her salt lamp, though had not linked the two.

“Salt poisoning in dogs and cats is usually accidental, with the most common scenario involving dogs ingesting homemade playdough!

“The neurological signs seen in salt poisoning cases occur due to swelling in the brain that results from disruption in the body’s electrolyte levels,” the vet advises in their Facebook posts.

Luckily, Ruby was returned to her owners last week, after daily monitoring and other supportive therapy measures.

Though a warning to pet owners with salt lamps has gone viral on social media.

Tiger cubs coming to Paradise Country these school holidays

Dreamworld isn’t the only place you’ll be able to see tiger cubs these school holidays, with Paradise Country today announcing they will be welcoming two adorable cubs to it’s Global Conservation Centre for a limited time only.

Paradise Country General Manager, Shane Phillips said the two female cubs, Maliah and Melah will arrive at the park on Saturday 29 June and will be ambassadors for their species at Paradise Country until early October.

“The cubs were born on the 13th May and currently weigh four kilograms with their diet consisting of a special milk formula,” he said.

“Excitingly guests to Paradise Country will be able to get an up-close look at the cubs on selected days over the school holidays as they temporarily reside in their specially designed exhibit within our new Global Conservation Centre.”

The tiger cubs are the first of an array of baby animals set to visit the Centre as part of a new partnership with the Bullen family.

As part of the partnership, Paradise Country’s ‘Save a Mate’ conservation program is going global to help raise awareness and much needed funds for not only Australian native wildlife, but now animals around the world, including critically endangered tigers.

“These tiger cubs are ambassadors for their wild cousins and will help raise awareness and funds for tiger conservation through our in-park educational and fundraising efforts,” Mr Phillips said.

“We are proud to partner with the Bullen family, who have a long-history of caring for animals, on this wonderful initiative to bring different species of animals to the park which we know will inspire our guests to take action towards animal conservation.”

The cubs will be at Paradise Country on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays throughout the school holidays from 10am – 3pm.

For more information about the tiger cubs and Paradise Country’s new Global Conservation Centre, visit


Zakari & Javi Dreamworld

WATCH: Dreamworld’s tiger cubs now have names!

Dreamworld have today revealed the names of two tiger cubs, born six weeks ago to mum, Adira, and dad, Pi.

Tiger Island team members selected the names Javi and Zakari for the new arrivals, after clawing through over 2,500 entries submitted via a competition.

True to the cub’s stripes, Javi, meaning victorious, is from an Indian origin where tigers roam in the wild.

The name Zakari was chosen as it is associated with individuals who have a desire to inspire others in a higher cause, which goes paw-in-paw, with Dreamworld’s global conservation drive.

“With the cubs being two of the newest ambassadors for the critically endangered tiger species, we had a particular focus on names that reflect the role they play in supporting their wild cousins,” Al Mucci, General Manager Life Sciences said.

Born on Friday 26 April, the brother cubs are now six weeks old and weighing in at a healthy 6.06 kilograms and 5.42 kilograms, multiplying their birth weight by over four times.

“Now that they’re old enough and had their necessary vaccinations to keep them at the fittest health possible, they will start venturing out onto Tiger Island, interacting with the bigger cats in their tiger family, including Mum, Adira, and Dad, Pi, as well as guests during experiences,” Patrick Martin-Vegue, Tiger Island Manager said.

“Breeding our tigers that have been socialised, provides us with a great opportunity to be able to reintegrate the cubs with their parents once they are protected with their vaccinations so we can watch them grow up together at Tiger Island.”

“The cubs will also start stepping out into the park and exploring their surroundings to continue that socialisation and interaction with guests.”

Javi and Zakari will be showing their tiger tails with guests on Tiger Island, the cub display area and the Nursery where they will join their younger uncle throughout the day.

Booking are now available for Tiger Cub Experiences and for the first time ever guests will get the exclusive opportunity to interact with the cubs on the island itself when the Experiences begin on Friday 14 June. For more information, visit: