Bundaberg RSPCA is calling on the community to help raise funds to help animals, like Ruby, find a forever home with its Give To Get Them Home event.
Commonly known as a long-termer, Ruby was transferred across three RSPCA Queensland shelters in search of a loving new home.
Ruby spent 97 days in the care of RSPCA Bundaberg.
During this time, the behavioural team at the local shelter worked closely with her, providing essential care and support to the playful pup before she was adopted by a Gympie local.
As the rising cost of living sees a decrease in adoptions and an increase in people applying to surrender their animals across Queensland, Bundaberg RSPCA is calling on the community to help animals in need.
In an effort to find loving homes for as many neglected, homeless and abused animals as possible, RSPCA Queensland is calling upon the Bundaberg community to dig deep and donate to its annual Give To Get Them Home appeal on Thursday 6 October, with all donations doubled by the organisation’s generous sponsors.
RSPCA Queensland’s chief veterinarian Dr Anne Chester said the high-energy, 24-hour appeal was an incredible opportunity for the community to make a difference to the lives of the 47,000 animals, which require assistance and intervention from the RSPCA annually.
“The community has always been the backbone of the RSPCA and we rely on the generosity of Queenslanders – no matter how big or small – to help us continue to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome animals,” said Dr Chester.
“On average, it costs the RSPCA $500 to get an animal ready to find a home.
“A donation of $46 will provide food for an animal in care, $80 can help cover the cost of a pet’s care for one day, and $120 can help provide specialist surgery to an animal in need.”
This year, every donor will see the impact of their donation immediately doubled, thanks to pledges by RSPCA Queensland’s generous supporters and corporate partners, with all money raised going directly to the charity’s animal welfare advocacy and education work.
Dr Chester said RSPCA Queensland’s hoped to see 1000 pets find new homes through this year’s appeal.
“We’ve seen a slight decrease in adoptions and only recently, an increase in people applying to surrender their animals in Queensland – with surrender applications in July almost 12 per cent higher than in previous months,” Dr Chester said.
“With the increasing financial pressures on households, we do think these trends could continue, so it has never been more important to support the RSPCA and Give To Get Them Home.”
Since the inception of the appeal in 2019 in Queensland, the funds raised here have helped change the lives of hundreds of animals across the state.
“In 2021, we had more than 1,570 people donate during our Give To Get Them Home appeal, helping raise more than $351,000. This year we are aiming to raise $500,000,” she said.
To find out more information about RSPCA’s Give to Get Them Home appeal click here or to look at adopting a pet click here.
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