A number of Gold Coasters in need have companion animals, but many cannot afford to keep their pets healthy.
To help, the Animal Welfare League Queensland hosted a Pet Support Day at the St Johns Crisis Centre on Monday, transforming the car park of the centre into a makeshift veterinary clinic.
44 animals were examined and vaccinated, while the team also distributed vouchers for follow-up vet consultations and desexing.
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AWLQ spokesperson Craig Montgomery said the organisation is committed to companion animals, and supporting their owners, when in need.
“A homeless person’s animal can often be the most important, reliable companion in their life. AWLQ is committed to ensuring that their best friends are vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, treated for parasites, given food and bedding, with an offer of free desexing vouchers to their owners,” he said.
When the need arises, AWLQ also assists the homeless to rehome their animals should their situation become too difficult. Mr Montgomery said this is always done with compassion and in the best interest of the animal.
A variety of other service providers were also at the event including The Good Box for Dogs, The Good Box for Blokes & Gals, a St Johns Crisis Centre nurse, and more.