Shelter animals play Santa’s elves in cute video

These adorable dogs and cats dressed as Santa’s elves are sure to brighten your day!

Gourmet pet food company, Freshpet, have created a cute Christmas video featuring shelter dogs and cats dressed in elf costumes, but in a twist the animals have human hands.

The ‘elves’ can be seen making and wrapping toys, and even taste-testing the chew bones and treats before stuffing them into stockings

The video, while sweet to watch, is also helping animals in need, with Freshpet donating one meal to a shelter animal for every share on YouTube.

Watch the video below, and don’t forget to share!

A fitness club is helping overweight pets

Most of us love to spoil our pets with treats, but feeding them too much can lead to our furry friends packing on the the pounds.

Pet obesity is a growing epidemic and one that a UK charity have come up with a cute strategy to combat.

PDSA have developed a six-month diet and exercise program, called Pet Fit Club, to help overweight pets get back into shape.

PHOTO: PDSA – Help a vet help a pet / Facebook

PHOTO: PDSA – Help a vet help a pet / Facebook

The program also creates awareness of the serious issue and teaches owners what they should be feeding and how often they should be exercising their pets.

On Thursday, the first round of pets completed the program. Former bulging Bullmastiff Kayla, who used to enjoy a roast on Sundays and cornflakes for breakfast, was crowned the inaugural pet slimmer of the year after shedding nearly a third of her bodyweight.

 

AWLQ slashes pet adoption prices in lead up to Christmas

A pet for Christmas really is the greatest gift of all.

So AWLQ is encouraging families to adopt a shelter pet this festive season by slashing their adoption prices this weekend to $37 for dogs and $27 for cats.

In a bid to entirely empty their Rehoming Centres, AWLQ hope to find homes for over 200 animals in just two days.

AWLQ spokesperson Zoe Hermans says the annual event ‘Project Empty Shelter’ will find homes for over 200 animals in two days.

“Last year’s event was huge with 256 animals finding new homes during the sale. This year we hope to surpass that number and rehome 100% of the animals that are currently available for adoption,” says Ms Hermans.

Ms Hermans says that people should not be concerned about the promotion encouraging impulse adopters or people buying pets as Christmas gifts. In fact she claims that, contrary to popular belief, Christmas is the perfect time to adopt a pet.

“Getting a pet for Christmas is the greatest gift of all – for both the human and the animal,” says Ms Hermans.

“Traditionally we have been taught that purchasing a pet at Christmas time is bad thing, but research from both here and overseas has proven that the pets-as-presents ‘problem’ is actually a bit of a myth.”

“Yes, our shelters are at capacity right now and it is likely to get worse after Christmas, but the reasons for that are not as simple as an influx of ‘unwanted Christmas presents.,” says Ms Hermans.

“It is a combination of many different factors that occur this time of year, such as breeding season, thunder storms, fireworks and owners taking holidays, which lead to an increase in stray and abandoned animals – it has very little to do with actual Christmas.”

AWLQ has seen 20,000 animals through their doors this year – a record number for the grassroots animal charity, which relies on community donations to fund their Gold Coast shelter’s rehoming program.

“We are desperate to get all these animals into homes before the post-Christmas influx arrives,” says Ms Hermans.

“All our animals for adoption are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and health checked, which means getting a dog for $37 or cat for $27 is a bargain!”

For more information, or to adopt a pet visit  www.awlqld.com.au/ or pop into the shelter at Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216

Affectionate Hugsy searching for a place to call home

The Animal Welfare League is hoping a Gold Coast family will visit their rehoming centre on the Gold Coast and adopt Hugsy.

Hugsy is a loving American Staffy cross Irish Wolfhound who is 3 Years and 1 Week old.

Hugsy, who is extremely affectionate and loves to cuddle, was given a rough start to life and is now looking for someone to continue teaching her that the world is not as scary as it seems.

If you’re interested in adopting Hugsy, you can meet her at Animal Welfare League’s Rehoming Centre on the Gold Coast.

PHONE: 07 5509 9030
WEB: www.awlqld.com.au/adopt-a-pet
ADDRESS: Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216

Janiya searching for forever family

The Animal Welfare League is hoping a Gold Coast family will visit their rehoming centre on the Gold Coast and adopt Janiya.

Janiya is an affectionate Domestic Short Hair who is 2 years 1 month old.

She is a sweet loving girl who would love to find her forever home.

If you’re interested in adopting Janiya, come and meet her at Animal Welfare League’s Rehoming Centre on the Gold Coast.

PHONE: 07 5509 9030
WEB: www.awlqld.com.au/adopt-a-pet
ADDRESS: Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216