Game of Bones to help rehome 200 Cats & Dogs this week

With more than 800 cats and 300 dogs currently needing homes, the Animal Welfare League QLD has turned to Game of Thrones to help.

Game of Bones is a play on the hugely popular TV series and the charity hopes there will be huge competition between cat and dog rehoming staff to see which side can find the perfect homes for their pets.

AWLQ spokesperson Brooke Whitney says the promotion was needed due to the ‘kitten tsunami’ experienced due to the extended warmer weather resulting in cats breeding for longer time periods.

“In just one weekend we can have over 40 cats with litters arrive on just one shelters doorstep with nowhere else to go. Our staff and our resources are under huge pressure to help every incoming animal so we need to rehome the available animals just as quickly as they come in to make space,” Ms Whitney says.

Dogs and puppies adoption fees will be $50 and cats and kittens will be just $20. All animals are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and vet checked.

It costs the AWLQ $500 to make an animal available for adoption but with so many companion pets waiting for space at the shelter the AWLQ are happy to incur the loss of funds in order to save lives.

“We pride ourselves in being the experts in rehoming and finding a way to help animals when traditional methods aren’t working. Our goal is to rehome a minimum of 200 animals over the four days. A goal will only be achievable if we can get the support of the community,” Ms Whitney says.

AWLQ are asking the community to visit their closest rehoming centre during the campaign to adopt, foster or donate to an animal in need.

“Even if you can’t adopt there are still plenty of ways to help out. Donate blankets or goods for our op shops, Foster a pet in need or encourage a friend to adopt,” Ms Whitney says.

To view animals available for adoption or two find your closest rehoming centre log on to

Senator urges native animals as pets

Forget cats and dogs. Imagine picking up a baby Tasmanian devil or wombat at the local pet shop.

That’s what Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm wants, mainly to stop Australia’s native animals becoming extinct.

The senator doesn’t believe taxpayers can effectively save native wildlife through national parks, citing Australia’s 11 per cent extinction record.

He reckons they have disappeared because they were owned by everyone but belonged to no-one.

As a result there was no incentive for anyone to keep them safe from predators.

Senator Leyonhjelm has a problem with Australians owning animals that can kill native wildlife but not allowing people to protect the prey.

“Just as dogs and cats are in no danger of dying out, the same will be true if native animals are privately owned.”

He admits there could be issues with owning some native wildlife, especially those that are nocturnal.


*This article was originally published on Sky News – click to read in full.

Help needed to keep homeless pets warm on the Gold Coast this winter

AS the months get cooler Animal Welfare League Qld is asking the community to donate blankets, towels and bedding to help keep their homeless animals warm.

Communications Manager Brooke Whitney says that during winter the animals are more susceptible to illness which holds up their ability to be adopted as they are put into foster care while being treated.

“We would be grateful for blankets, warm bedding, towels and sheets to help keep the animals warm while they wait for new homes,” Ms Whitney says.

“Winter is a great time to adopt a pet as animals make the perfect companions and are great to cuddle up to on the couch,” Ms Whitney says

If you’re looking to update your own winter wardrobe AWLQ has 11 op shops. We have lots of great winter items and all profits go back in to helping save the lives of more animals.

The Animal Welfare League of Qld cares for 10,000 animals annually and has five rehoming locations in Brisbane, Ipswich, Beenleigh and on the Gold Coast.

To donate click here.

Flix searches for her forever family

THE Animal Welfare League is hoping a family will visit their rehoming centre on the Gold Coast and adopt Flix, who is looking for a loving family to call home.

Flix is a two year old cuddly cat that will come up to you and sit on your lap for some scratches and tickles.

She is gentle and placid and gets on with other cats.

Flix would love a home with an owner who will dote on her.

Meet this little sweetie at the Animal Welfare League’s Rehoming Centre on the Gold Coast.

PHONE: 07 5509 9030
ADDRESS: Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216

Furrgie waits for his forever home

THE Animal Welfare League is hoping a family will visit their rehoming centre on the Gold Coast and adopt Furrgie, who is looking for a loving family to call home.

Furrgie is a 6 month old Domestic Short Haired cat.

Furrgie is a cuddly little kitty cat who is waiting for his new family to come and adopt him.

He enjoys playing with other kittens so he would do well in any home environment.

Furrgie has been desexed and is waiting to meet his forever family at the Animal Welfare League’s Rehoming Centre on the Gold Coast for an adoption fee of just $50.

PHONE: 07 5509 9030
ADDRESS: Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216