Animal Welfare League Queensland has issued a call out for locals to become pet foster carers this summer.
With up to six litters of kittens and puppies arriving on their doorstep each day, AWLQ are urging Gold Coasters to add a new member to their family – even if it just a for a short time.
“Breeding season is in full swing and undesexed animals are roaming, getting pregnant and then turning up in pounds all over South East Queensland. Because they are not getting reclaimed by their owners, these pregnant animals are being turned over to us,” says AWLQ representative Zoe Hermans.
Adding to the strain on the animal charity is the constant stream of ‘surrendered’ pregnant pets and underage litters.
“Between the strays coming via the pounds we work with, and the privately surrendered animals, we are currently taking in up to six litters of kittens and puppies a day – often more,” Says Ms Hermans.
“Then there are the sick and injured animals that come to us that also need time in care. Resources are stretched across all five of AWLQ’s shelters because none of these animals are able to be rehomed straight away.
“When a pregnant dog or cat arrives at our shelter, it will be at least three months before it and its’ litter can be rehomed,” Says Ms Hermans.
“Because of the sheer amount of pregnant and nursing mums arriving right now, the system of incoming and outgoing animals has become completely clogged up. We desperately need the help of Foster Carers to ease the strain.”
Those interested in becoming Foster Carer for AWLQ can find more information on the organisation’s website – awlqld.com.au