Give your love and adopt an adult cat this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to profess your love; however, that doesn’t need to be limited to fellow humans.

Animal Welfare League Queensland is hoping the community will be struck by Cupid’s arrow and adopt an adult cat.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, adoption fees for adult cats have been reduced down to just $29 this week.

“We currently have more than 40 adult cats that are waiting for their second chance. We hope the loving spirit of St Valentine’s Day will inspire the public to consider adopting,” said Ms Phipps, Animal Welfare League Queensland State Rehoming Manager.


Layla | PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s promise is to never euthanise a healthy, sociable or treatable animal in our care.

“The community plays an important role in assisting us to achieve this promise when they choose to adopt. There is no greater gift to an animal in our care than a loving home. When you adopt a pet through Animal Welfare League Queensland, you are providing that animal with a second chance at happiness,” said Ms Phipps.

While love might be in the air for humans this Valentine’s Day, Animal Welfare League Queensland is reminding people to have their pets desexed.

“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,” said Ms Phipps.


Merengue | PHOTO: Supplied by AWLQ

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s standard adoption processes still apply and all cats are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.

Animal Welfare League Queensland has two Animal Rehoming Centres on the Gold Coast:

  • Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre, 1 Shelter Road, Coombabah
  • Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Centre, 2 Rossmans Road, Stapylton

The campaign runs from 10-16 February 2020, for more information on the cats available for rehoming head to

REVEALED: The most popular dog breeds of 2019

We’ve brought you many ‘most popular of 2019’ lists over the past few weeks, including the most popular baby names of the year, but we’ve gotta say… this one has to be our favourite.

The most popular dog breeds of 2019 have been revealed and it’s again made us question what we did to deserve these precious animals in our lives.

The list is according to Google, with the search engine revealing these are the dog breeds most people Googled this year.

Whilst some are no-brainers (helloooooo beautiful angel Golden Retriever), some others that made the list are a little surprising if we’re being honest.

I mean, where’s the Maltese ShihTzu and Corgis at? (Totally non-bias at all…)

Without further ado, here are the top 10 favourite dog breeds of the year:

10. English Cocker Spaniel

9. Great Pyrenees

8. Bernese Mountain Dog

7. Malinois (Beligian Shepherd)

6. Cane Corso

5. Doberman Pinscher

4. Rottweiler

3. Australian Shepherd

2. Poodle

1. Golden Retriever


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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

Gold Coast home raided as part of investigations into piglet thefts

FOUR women have been charged over the alleged theft of a number of piglets from a Queensland piggery.

The animals were allegedly nabbed from a piggery in Pittsworth, Toowoomba on November 10.

“It is alleged that during the offence the piglets were taken from their mother shortly after birth, prior to receiving their first milk, which is vital for survival,” Qld police said in a statement.

As part of the investigation to track down the animals, officers from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) and Firearms and Cannabis Team executed search warrants in Banyo, Margate and Currumbin Waters on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Two of the piglets were later recovered from a Maryborough address, however inquiries are continuing to locate the remaining piglets.

Four women, aged 21, 27 and 29, have been charged with one count each of enter with intent and stealing stock and will also be subject to biosecurity offences.

They’re due to face court next month.

Investigations are continuing.

WATCH: Male brown snakes filmed in vicious battle over female

Well it appears snake breeding season is in full swing!

Two male Eastern Brown Snakes have been caught feuding over a female on a property at Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa snake catcher Luke Huntley posted vision of the males locked in a vicious power struggle to Facebook overnight, where it has since gone viral with more than 27,000 views.

In the footage, the slithering serpents can be seen wrestling as they desperately try to overpower each other to get the attention of their lady love interest.

It took two snake catchers to catch the pair, with Mr Huntley writing it was a hectic job.

“HECTIC!! Today I was called to a home in Eumundi to relocate 2 Eastern Browns from her garden path. The 2 males were fighting over a female which was just under the concrete slab. We could see her after we got these 2 but without demolition she wasn’t coming out haha,” Mr Huntley wrote alongside the video.

“It was a hectic callout but was definitely the best callout I’ve had in ages!”

Eumundi is known to be a brown snake hot spot and Spring is typical breeding season, making sightings of the serpents much more likely.