Queensland

Almost 25,000 animals surrendered to RSPCA Queensland

Queenslanders presented almost 25,000 animals to the RSPCA in 2015, leaving centres "consistently full to busting", spokesman Michael Beatty says.

Some people bringing in animals had to wait up to two weeks for full assistance due to the overwhelming demand.

Re-homing and reuniting rates of pets in Queensland rose to 87%, however almost every centre experienced an increase in the number of animals received.

Wacol and Dakabin, home to the two rescue centres closest to Brisbane, took nearly half of all Queensland cases and collectively received about 600 more animals than in 2014.

"The sheer numbers can be depressing," said Mr Beatty.

The summer holiday season traditionally sees a spike in both adoptions and abandoned pets as owners decide they are no longer able to care for their animals, he said.

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"Never buy an animal or pet as a surprise gift for a loved one," he said.

Bull Arabs dogs and Bull Arab crosses were often presented to centres last year due to a perceived rise in pig-hunting.

"Pig hunters never get their animals de-sexed and the litters are often dumped," he said.

Domestic birds, ranging from lorikeets to galahs, were also seen more often after escaping or being "set free" by misguided owners.

Mr Beatty said such animals could not survive in the wild.

Other factors leading to owners' decisions to relinquish pets included relationship breakdowns, home downsizing, interstate moves, health issues and moves to pet-intolerant homes.

RSPCA Qld advised potential adopters that "owning a pet isn't a right, it's a privilege and with that privilege come responsibilities to take on a pet for the rest of its life," said Mr Beatty.

Mr Beatty said "very few animals are returned" are after adoption.

The organisation did not question people on their motives for giving up pets but Mr Beatty said there were obvious cases where ownership had become "too hard" and the rescue centres were seen as "dumping grounds".

Mr Beatty said there had been a rise in the number of centre volunteers and foster carers but demand remained high.

Potential foster carers were given advice and training from centre staff, he said.

On January 16, the organisation hopes to find homes for at least 200 animals at The Pop Up Adoption Event, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre alongside Lifeline's BookFest charity event.

Around 400 animals will rotate through the event, staffed by RSPCA employees and volunteers and organised by Lauren Lynagh.

Mr Beatty said entertainment in the form of bands and dog-training sessions would feature.

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