AWLQ calling for donations for Christmas appeal

Over 187 animals will get to enjoy Christmas in a loving new home, following the Animal Welfare League Queensland’s adoption drive over the weekend.

More than 1000 Gold Coasters visited Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre on Saturday and Sunday for the AWLQ’s Home For Christmas, with many opening up their hearts and their homes to a new pet.

Now the charity is urging locals to get behind their Christmas Appeal, with donations to go towards a service that supports animals in need.


This Christmas, an alarming number of people will be sleeping rough with only their pet for company. The elderly, living in isolation, will also rely on their animals for comfort and reassurance this Christmas.

As much as these vulnerable people rely on their pets, their beloved pets also rely on their human owners for their care and companionship.

But what happens to these animals when their human companions are rushed to hospital and are unable to look after them?

Each year, AWLQ receives a number of calls from hospitals and support agencies pleading for assistance with pets of people undergoing medical treatment.

AWLQ provides these pets with somewhere safe and warm to stay until they can be reunited with their soul mate.

The organisation wants to continue this lifesaving service in 2020, and is encouraging Gold Coasters to dig deep and help raise $55,000 during its Christmas appeal.

For more information on the AWLQ Christmas Appeal, and to donate, visit