New adoption centre the cat’s whiskers

PURRFECT PROGRESS: Gympie RSPCA animal shelter acting manager Karen Tierney checks the progress of the new cat adoption complex with Ronnie, a female three-year-old domestic short hair brown tabby who is looking for a home. RIGHT: Carol Jelley, who is helping to build the new cattery through The Jelley Family Foundation, pictured (left) with adoptee Bowie and Karen Tierney holidng forever home-seeker Ripple. Contributed

CAROL Jelley dropped in to Gympie last week to check out the new cattery her family is helping to build.

Thanks to the Brisbane-based Jelley Family Foundation, the Gympie RSPCA Animal Care Centre is getting a much needed re-build for cat adoptions.

Before the Jelley family came on board, there was not a lot of room or appealing space for cat adoptions in the existing RSPCA shelter.

With a generous contribution from The Jelley Family Foundation, work is well under way to build a new complex to house many more cats available to adopt.

Each year the Gympie RSPCA rehomes around 160 cats from its Laurenceson Rd centre.

Acting shelter manager Karen Tierney said the RSPCA expected the new building and facilities could see adoption numbers rise to at least 260.

"We are thrilled to have this facility and it is going to be a God-send for the day-to-day operations of the animal care centre and for the cats in our care," Ms Tierney said.

"We are so grateful for the generous support and donation from The Jelley Family Foundation.

"RSPCA Queensland cares for mroe than 44,000 domestic pets and wildlife every year and receives less than 1% of government funding.

"It's with thanks to generous contributions from the community like this that the RSPCA can continue to help animals in need."

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