IF you think the weather is going to the dogs with all these cold nights lately, imagine how the dogs must feel – and the cats.
And we all like to eat a little more in winter – and that includes our canine and feline friends as well.
“We need anything warm for the animals,” RSPCA worker Rebecca Brazier said yesterday.
“We need swag fulls of old blankets, towels, flannel, anything warm for the winter,” she said.
“We’ve got heaps of puppies and kittens at the moment and they need lots of blankets.
“Nice warm blankets and don’t forget dry dog food,” she said.
The RSPCA has a blanket appeal at this time every year, along with its other big regular event – Microchipping Day.
This year, the big day to help ensure your pets do not get lost will be held tomorrow from 10 am to 2pm.
The $30 cost includes a $5 donation to the RSPCA. The event is run in conjunction with Gympie Regional Council. It will be held at Gympie Showgrounds in Exhibition Road.
The RSPCA asks all pet owners coming to the Microchipping Day to make sure their dogs are all leashed and cats are “adequately contained in cat carriers or cages”.
They also warn that microchipping is not the end of the process, although it is a large part of it.
“Microchip details are not automatically registered with the council, so people need to supply microchip details to council when they renew their Gympie Regional council animal registration,” a spokesperson said.
From December 12 this year the Animal Management Act will require all dogs and cats in Queensland to be registered and microchipped, the spokesperson said.