Bundaberg Regional Council continued strong working relationships with animal rescue groups in 2019 to help re-house animals that were left abandoned in the region.
According to animal control portfolio spokesperson Cr Scott Rowleson, last year saw some positive results, with hundreds of animals able to be passed on to local organisations for re-homing.
“I would like to start off by thanking those organisations who have helped in making a difference to the lives of our local animals which have been abandoned,” he said.
“We continue to have excellent working relationships with local animal rescue and re-homing organisations, notably Cat Connections HQ and Red Collar Rescue, resulting in the re-homing of the vast majority of eligible animals.”
Council and animal rescue groups helping animals
Cr Rowleson said in 2019 a total of 1256 animals were received at the Council Pound, fewer than 2018's figure of 1457.
“We are very thankful to have local animal rescue organisation working with us to helped to rehome a lot of these pets that were not claimed,” he said.
Cr Rowleson said Council's Animal Control team also received livestock as part of operations in 2019.
“Cattle yards installed at Qunaba Pound in late 2019 both increased the level of animal care we’re able to provide and increased cost efficiencies around impounded livestock,” he said.
Updates to Qunaba pound
The pound also welcomed some new additions to the Qunaba facility last year including updates to its processes and new staff on board.
“A full-time pound officer has now settled in and EFTPOS facilities were installed allowing animal owners the ability to pay animal release fees at the pound, which has been well received by the community,” he said.
With 2020 now in full swing, Cr Rowleson reminded prospective pet owners to think before buying a new furry addition.
“Bringing a pet into the family is amazing but also contains a lot of work,” he said.
“Please, make sure you are capable of caring for your pet and keep up-to-date with vaccinations, microchipping, desexing and registration fees.
“To make things easier, Council has a policy where an already registered animal is entitled to one free pound release each year.
“These practices are all in place to ensure the safety of your furry loved one.”