Each year, Animal Welfare League Queensland receives a number of calls from hospitals and support agencies pleading for assistance with pets of people undergoing medical treatment. AWLQ provides these pets with somewhere safe and warm to stay until they can be reunited with their owner.
The organisation wants to continue this lifesaving service in 2020—and is encouraging the community to dig deep and help raise $55,000 during its Christmas Appeal.
For elderly people with no support network, those living in isolation, with mental health problems or sleeping rough, their pet is the only companionship they will have this Christmas.
“Many won’t seek treatment for fear of having to give up their only companion,” AWLQ chief executive officer Denise Bradley said.
“The shared bond between these people and their animals is so profound and mutually enriching that often it is the difference between life and death.”
AWLQ’s emergency boarding service provides these pets with somewhere safe and warm to stay until they can be reunited with their owner.
“These are not isolated situations and can happen to anyone, at any age,” Bradley said. “Not only are these situations very stressful for people but even more critical for their pets. In the time of need, Animal Welfare League Queensland will always be there.”