Gold Coast families rush to re-home dozens of cats and dogs for Christmas

MORE than 120 animals have been adopted and rehomed for Christmas during the first day of the Animal Welfare Leagues two-day Project Empty Shelter in southeast Queensland.

In an emotional day, 37 animals were adopted out from four shelters in the first hour. That number climbed to 69 by midday and 92 by 1pm.

Seventy people were lined up outside the Gold Coast Rehoming Centre this morning, waiting to adopt a furry friend.


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“A Brisbane-based mother and daughter arrived at the Gold Coast Rehoming Centre at seven in the morning to ensure they adopted Bruno the stunning Weimaraner cross Australian Kelpie,” AWLQ State Rehoming Manager Melinda Phipps said.

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Queensland

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Queensland

“By 10am, more than 70 people were waiting outside that shelter, with the Warra, Willawong and Beenleigh rehoming centres all reporting adoptees before opening.

“It’s been a great start to the two-day rehoming event and we are very grateful to the people who opened their hearts and homes to give these adult dogs and cats a home for Christmas.”

AWLQ Ambassador, Gold Coast Titan Chris McQueen spent the day chatting with the community as they chose a dog or cat to add to their family.

“We’ve already adopted more than 70 animals in the first two hours and we still have plenty to go, so come on down,” Chris said.

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Queensland

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Queensland

By 2pm, the number of animals rehomed had soared to more than 120, with doors still open for adoptions until 5pm.

“We are very excited about the prospect of rehoming all our shelter animals in time for Christmas by tomorrow afternoon,” Ms Phipps said.

“The community response has been incredible. If you haven’t adopted yet, please come down and say hello at your local AWLQ Rehoming Centre tomorrow, doors open at 10am.”

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