Pets lead the way at 4 Paws for a CQ Cause
FEET and paws alike pattered along the Emerald Botanic Garden path this morning for the inaugural 4 Paws for a CQ Cause.
Organisers were overwhelmed by the support, with pets and their owners turning out in droves to take part in the walk which raised funds for the the not-for-profit group CQ Pet Rescue.
Plenty of foster pups were also on standby for those who did not have their own four-legged friends.
Participants were kept entertained post walk at the McIndoe Park grounds with an abundance of market stalls, food, face painting, agility demonstrations and a musical performances by local artist Anna Farquhar.
CQ Pet Rescue facts:
- CQ Pet Recue formed in 2012.
- CQ Pet Rescue have saved nearly 400 pets from being put to sleep, and rehomed them with loving families
- CQ Pet Rescue have saved an additional 130 animals in the last three years by finding places for them at other rescue in both QLD and other states.
- Adoptions fees are $350 for a dog and $200 for a cat. The difference between adoption fees and actual costs is covered by fundraising.
- CQ Pet Rescue does not receive any government or council subsidies - every cent is fundraised or recouped through adoption fees.
- CQ Pet Rescue has adopted pets as far north as Townsville and as south as Melbourne.
- CQ Pet Rescue has foster carers all over the Central Highlands region, including Emerald, Blackwater, Capella, Dysart, Anakie and Springsure.
- Average length of time for a dog in foster care is 5 months, while cats are 10 months.
- Average cost for veterinary care for a dog is $550, and $300 for a cat. This does not include any additional vet care for things such as emergencies, antibiotics, or accidents.
- The cost to feed the pets in CQ Pet Rescue's care equals approximately $20,000 a year - ALL of this food is donated to CQ Pet Rescue by the public