In the lead up to Stray Animals’ Day on 4 April 2021, Animal Welfare League Queensland is asking people to think of those animals without a home—and consider making a donation, however big or small to support the work of AWLQ.
Fleur (pictured) came into AWLQ’s care from a regional pound after being found lost and wandering the streets—she was covered in sores from scratching and had hardly any fur covering her skinny little body. Despite all of this, all Fleur longed for was to be loved.
“Our dedicated team made it their mission to bring Fleur back to health,” AWLQ’s state rehoming manager Melinda Phipps said.
“They took away her pain and suffering. This was only possible because of our generous community of supporters. Following weeks of veterinary treatment and the dedicated care from our team and Fleur’s foster carer, we could see dramatic improvements in her health and happiness.
“AWLQ cares for close to 10,000 animals every year, many of which are stray and homeless like Fleur. And, to every one of these animals who we welcome into our care, we make a promise,” Phipps added.
“We promise to never euthanise a healthy, sociable, or treatable animal in our care. Fleur is the embodiment of everything our promise stands for and demonstrates our commitment to our work with rural and regional pounds. Sadly, the only other alternative is euthanasia of these healthy and rehomable animals.”
In Australia, an estimated 140,000 healthy but unwanted dogs and cats are killed in Australian pounds each year. As part of their lifesaving animal rehoming program, AWLQ has been working with 19 rural and regional pounds since 2017 to assist at-risk animals in struggling communities.
“During this time, we have rehomed 1641 dogs from regional pounds, providing them a second chance at life. These animals may otherwise have an uncertain future,” Phipps said.
“We rely solely on donations from our generous supporters to keep our promise and continue our lifesaving work within the community.”