CQ Pet Rescue expecting Christmas pet influx
ADORABLE with a ribbon tied around its collar, it's the perfect Christmas Day surprise, but once the tinsel comes down and the commitment sets in, people can too easily stray from responsible pet ownership.
CQ Pet Rescue adoption co-ordinator Susan Consedine said in terms of abandoning pets received at Christmas, this year hadn't been too bad, "but I've been told the rush will come at the end of January".
"A lot of people have heard our message about pets being for life and not just for Christmas," Ms Consedine said.
When kids go back to school and adults back to work, puppies get abandoned "every year without fail", but Central Highlands residents had been "wonderful", Ms Consedine said.
The pet champions will be working overtime to make sure unwanted pets are homed, with about 40 animals on their books.
"Over the course of 2015, we will continue on our mission of rescuing and rehoming pets throughout the Central Highlands, and welcome support from Central Highlands residents, which can range from signing up to be a foster carer, considering adopting a rescue animal, attending one of our fundraising dog washes or monthly markets, or donating some food or toys to our CQ Pet Rescue bins that we have placed in shopping centres in Emerald and Blackwater," she said.