A fresh reminder to be careful we are not lining the pockets of scammers.
While the season of giving is upon us the Animal Welfare League QLD is warning the community to be careful who you are ‘giving to’.
The non-profit charity has had reports from members of the public concerned when approached with ‘glad bags’ from scammers looking for unwanted household goods.
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AWLQ Spokesperson Brooke Whitney said in the last week there has been four separate incidents where they have had concerned residents phoning to double check that the person at the door was legitimate.
“While we rely on the community’s’ donations and adoptions over Christmas we are not door knocking for goods or implementing any telemarketing sales campaigns”.
“We encourage anyone looking to make a donation of household goods to drop them off directly to one of 11 op shops or rehoming centres”, Ms Whitney says.
And it’s not only door to door scammers doing the rounds – people have been creating discount vouchers on their computers and trying to pass them off as legitimate in the AWLQ Op Shops.
“Our Op Shops are one of the AWLQ’s biggest sources of revenue and are mostly run by volunteers. It is disappointing to learn that there are people out there trying to scam their way into a bargain from a charity.”
If you are interested in donating to the AWLQ this Christmas the shelters are currently in need of Kitty Litter Kitty Litter Trays & Scoops Dog Bowls Bedding.
The rehoming centres are stocking up their supplies so they are ready for ‘Kitten Season’ which sees the shelter inundated with kittens over the warmer months due to un-desexed cats falling pregnant.
“We currently have 220 cats and kittens in foster care that will be available for adoption in coming weeks. If you have been thinking about getting a new pet then please visit the AWLQ”. Ms Whitney said.