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

These pets travel better than you

Do you get pangs of jealousy when you see your friends’ holiday snaps on Instagram?

Well now because we all love to follow cute pets on the social media site, they too are giving us envy with posts about all their travel adventures.

These pets spend their days exploring the world, while we are stuck at work.

Take a look at some of our favourite holiday pets to stalk below. If you are in dire need of a vacation, we suggest reading no further.

@miami_traveller_dog
This Italian Chihuahua is probably be the world’s most jet-setting pet, and enjoys luxurious stays in Santorini and Paris.

@loki_the_wolfdog
Loki is a husky/Arctic wolf/ Alaskan Malamute mix and loves exploring the wilderness with his owner.

 

@pechanga
Millie the cat loves climbing and hiking adventures. When she gets tired, Millie hitches a ride in her owner’s backpack.

Ready for the desert not to be 1,000 degrees.. A photo posted by Craig Armstrong (@pechanga) on

@samanthabrookephoto
Koa is a Golden Retriever who has got camping down pat. He loves spending nights by the fire with brother Aspen.

@aspenthemountainpup
This four-year-old Golden Retriever, who is also called Aspen, spend his days exploring all things beautiful in Colorado with owner and photographer Hunter Lawrence.