A partnership between RSPCA Queensland and Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has resulted in more than 1100 pets given a second chance.
In late 2019, RSPCA Queensland and Council extended their existing working relationship with the RSPCA’s new Toowoomba care centre at Wellcamp taking in pets from Council’s pound.
With the new facility now operational for just over a year, RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said 1134 animals had received a second chance since January 2020.
“This is a fantastic result for both the Council and RSPCA Queensland. More importantly, it’s a huge win for the animals,” Mr Beatty said.
Prior to this set up, space restrictions at the pound meant that some animals, which were not collected by their owners, had to be euthanised. Council was keen to rectify the situation and enlisted the help of the RSPCA.
“We all know how important pets can be, particularly in these stressful times,” Mr Beatty said.
“Pets can help children develop a sense of responsibility and of course they very much become part of the family. For senior citizens there are also well-researched health benefits as well.”
Environment and Community Committee portfolio lead, Councillor Tim McMahon said the increase in pets receiving another chance highlighted how effective the partnership has been.
“It’s fantastic so many pets have been given a second chance and also reinforces how important it is for dogs to be registered and for cats and dogs to be microchipped,” Cr McMahon said.
“If we find a pet that’s been microchipped it’s much easier for us to reunite these loved ones with their family. If the pet isn’t microchipped this task becomes much more complicated.”