The Gold Coast Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) Rehoming Centre is waiving adoption fees on adult cats as figures continue to climb.
“The longer warm weather has extended the breeding season, so we’re seeing a higher number of cats, pregnant cats and kittens needing our care,” AWLQ Queensland Rehoming Manager Melinda Phipps said. “By waiving the adoption fee we hope to find these deserving cats homes with loving owners as quickly as possible. Our resources are currently stretched to the limit with the number of cats we are caring for. Every cat that is rehomed provides a space for another in need of a new home, so you’re really helping two cats.”
AWLQ has more than 90 cats available for adoption with a further 276 in care for various health and behaviour reasons at a time of year when numbers are usually dropping.
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“We also have fabulous foster carers, volunteers and staff who have been fostering the cats while they wait for an available space in the Florence Venery Cat Adoption Centre,” Ms Phipps said.
Cats are prolific breeders in warm climates, with one female cat capable of having up to three litters a year. Cats can begin breeding at four months of age, live anywhere between 10 and 18 years and have up to six to eight kittens at a time. It’s a recipe for overpopulation if they aren’t desexed.
“AWLQ is a leader in the campaign to desex cats, and dogs, introducing the National Desexing Network, with a month long desexing campaign in July every year,” Ms Phipps said. “We can’t stress enough the importance of early desexing and urge local cat, and dog owners, to contact their local vets and see if they’ve registered with the National Desexing Network and book their pet to be desexed.
“There are so many unwanted kittens, which become unwanted cats who go on to continue the cycle – we have to break it, for the sake of the cats.
“There are so many beautiful cats just waiting to have their moment in the sun, in your home. Please choose to adopt, rather than buying an undesexed animal.”
The Gold Coast AWLQ cat rehoming campaign begins today. For more information on the cats, dogs, kittens and puppies available for rehoming head to awlqld.com.au