It is a month since Council took over re-homing unclaimed and abandoned animals from Redlands Animal Shelter and six families have gained great family pets over that time.
Council’s animal management spokesperson Cr Lance Hewlett said more animal-lovers are needed to adopt the shelter’s dogs and cats.
“We have received overwhelming support from the community since making the decision to adopt animals at the shelter after the RSPCA advised us it was unable to continue providing this service,” Cr Hewlett said.
“A total of 80 residents have volunteered to help the animal shelter and many more have donated, blankets, dog beds and toys.
“We have animals of top temperament and all shapes and sizes available at the shelter.
“If you are interested in purchasing a new pet or would like to volunteer in any way, please phone 3829 8663 or connect with the shelter via Facebook at Redland Animal Shelter.”
Les Pop of Redland Bay purchased new puppy Harvey from the shelter a fortnight ago (Thursday 22 May).
Harvey is a 16 week-old, fully-vaccinated Bull Mastiff-cross puppy and cost $400.
Mr Pop said he and Harvey sparked up a friendship immediately when he visited the Thornlands shelter.
“After seeing a pic of Harvey on Facebook, I went into the shelter and spent some time with him in his pen,” Mr Pop said.
“I gave him a treat and sat down. He wandered around playing with a toy for a while and then he came and laid beside my leg, so we bonded straight away.
“One of the great things I found in getting Harvey from the shelter is that the staff had followed all the proper processes with him to determine whether he had a good temperament and was vaccinated, so when I picked him up, I knew he was ready to take home.”
Cr Hewlett said the process council staff follows when they find a lost animal is to identify its owner by checking the animal’s microchip or registration tag.
If the owner cannot be found or the animal is voluntarily surrendered to the shelter by the owner, the animal is assessed to determine whether it is suitable for adoption.
“Before an animal is adopted out, it will undergo a behavioural and health assessment, including heartworm test, flea and worm prevention and being vaccinated, desexed and microchipped,” he said.
“Residents can be confident the animals at the shelter can go on to make great pets.”