‘Purrfect’ companions up for adoption
SAMSON BEAR is one of many residents at the Gympie RSPCA Animal Shelter and while the hospitality is good, he is counting the days until someone opens their heart and adopts him.
Shelter manager Vanessa Richardson says the facility is bursting at the seams with animals needing adoption and wants families thinking about a pet to take plunge.
"It's a bit like holding back the tide at the moment," she said.
"We are averaging about 10 to 15 adoptions a week but if people just got animals desexed, it would really help to reduce the number of animals coming in."
A sign at the shelter says it all: "How can one person save 100 cats?" it asks. "Easy - spay one."
It's a timely reminder for pet owners to take responsibility to ensure they are not contributing to the problem.
Samson Bear turned on the charm yesterday when The Gympie Times visited, leaping from his temporary home and lapping up the attention.
Ms Richardson says there are more than 30 cats needing adoption, ranging from kittens through to adult cats.
The same story applies to dogs and puppies with similar numbers worrying staff.
Ms Richardson knows not everyone can adopt, but there are still ways for sympathetic Gympie residents to lend a hand.
From joining the foster program and offering a temporary home to animals, supported by RSPCA providing foods and supplies, to volunteering and donating goods, there is something everyone can do to help.
At this time of the year, warm blankets, newspapers, dry food and office supplies are all appreciated.
Gympie RSPCA Animal Shelter is on Laurence son Rd, behind the Six Mile Oval south on the Bruce Hwy.
For inquiries, contact 5482 9407. The shelter is open 8.30am - 4pm seven days a week, excluding public holidays.
Alternatively, visit rspca.com.au for a state-wide online database of pets up for adoption.