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Meet our boy, Bruno!

Bruno is a one-year-old Bearded Collie cross, who has completely stolen the hearts of the entire staff and volunteers at AWLQ. When Bruno first arrived as a stray at AWLQ, it was evident to our rehoming team that he required foundational training prior to being placed into a loving home……

AWLQ Founding President celebrates 95 years.

The entire staff, volunteers and the animals at AWLQ proudly wish Neil Andersen OAM, our founding president, a very happy 95th birthday! ABOVE: Ita Buttrose AO OBE presenting Neil Andersen OAM with his Golden Hearts membership in 2015. After 58 years of loyal and dedicated service, Neil is now taking…

AWLQ and Lockyer Valley Council launch cat desexing program ahead of breeding season

Animal Welfare League Queensland and Lockyer Valley Council are launching a Cooperative Desexing Program to assist Lockyer Valley residents in need to desex their cats before the spring breeding season. Lockyer Valley City Council is contributing funding towards the 2017-2018 Cooperative Desexing Program, which will be managed by AWLQ’s National…

AWLQ and Ipswich Council launch cat desexing campaign ahead of breeding season

Animal Welfare League Queensland and Ipswich City Council have launched a Cooperative Desexing Campaign to assist Ipswich residents in need to desex their cats before the spring breeding season. Ipswich City Council is contributing significant funding towards the 2017-2018 Cooperative Desexing Campaign, with the program managed by AWLQ’s National Desexing…

Titan Jarrod Wallace signs on as AWLQ ambassador

Fresh off the field from scoring a try in his maiden State of Origin series, Titan’s prop Jarrod Wallace swaps his maroon football jersey for a purple T-shirt as he commences his new role as an AWLQ Ambassador. Born and bred on the Gold Coast, Jarrod has grown up with…

Animal Welfare League Queensland launches 13th annual National Desexing Month

National Desexing Month (NDM) launches on Saturday 1 July 2017, with almost 200 veterinarians offering reduced prices or special incentives for desexing cats and dogs to prevent unwanted litters and reduce euthanasia rates around Australia. Currently in its 13th year, NDM is an initiative of Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ)…

AWLQ cats urgently need a loving home

To assist in urgently rehoming over 100 cats, AWLQ is holding a cat sale this weekend at its Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre located at Coombabah. When you adopt a pet through AWLQ you are supporting an organisation that re-homes and cares for up to 18,000 stray, surrendered and abandoned…

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION! AWLQ has seen a spike of Parvovirus cases at its Animal Rehoming Centres and Community Vet Clinics.

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION! Due to the increase in Parvovirus (Parvo) cases at our Animal Rehoming Centres and Community Vet Clinics, we urge you to book in to have your dog or puppy vaccinated against this highly contagious virus.  Parvo is potentially deadly to both unvaccinated dogs and puppies. Parvovirus - Home…

AWLQ Promises to Never Euthanise a Treatable Companion Animal

AWLQ needs urgent donations to help keep its promise to never euthanise a sociable, healthy or treatable companion animal, regardless of their age. Since July 2016, AWLQ has successfully achieved zero euthanasia of any healthy, sociable, and treatable animal at its Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centres. This achievement comes at…

All your questions answered about Queensland’s new legislation on dog and puppy ownership

*This information has been provided by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries - Biosecurity Queensland* New laws for dog breeders Many Queenslanders are concerned about the welfare of dogs and puppies sold and supplied in Queensland, so the Queensland Government has amended the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008…

Reality star Charlotte Crosby visits and joins AWLQ Family

International English reality TV star and self-confessed animal lover Charlotte Crosby visited Animal Welfare League Queensland’s Gold Coast shelter and became an Ambassador. “I’m just so excited to be part of the AWLQ family,” Charlotte said. “It’s incredible to see the lifesaving work they do. “Please make sure you choose…

Generous community support raises an incredible $154,210 during AWLQ’s Stray Animals’ Day challenge!!

AWLQ’s inaugural Stray Animals’ Day challenge has been hailed a success with $154,210 raised for the lifesaving AWLQ Foster House program. “We’ve had incredible support from the community which has embraced this key program wholeheartedly. We can’t thank them enough for their donations,” AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley said. The Elsie…

AWLQ’s Stray Animals’ Day challenge – just hours to go!

AWLQ’s Stray Animals’ Day challenge has just hours to go and $78,000 to raise money for its lifesaving Foster House program. “We are coming right down to the wire and need the community’s help to make this happen,” AWLQ State Rehoming Manager Melinda Phipps said. Since the challenge was launched by…

AWLQ Stray Animals’ Day – a chance to make a $124,000 difference

Animal Welfare League Queensland Ambassador NRL Titan Chris McQueen has launched AWLQ’s inaugural Stray Animals’ Day April 4 challenge with a target of $124,000, to cover the cost of running its vital foster house program. “An incredible 6,200 animals, or more than 71% of all animals in AWLQ’s care, spend…

A box of AWLQ’s ‘chocolates’ (puppies) wins the heart of a 12 year old boy on Valentine’s Day

A 12-year old boy has embraced Valentine’s Day, successfully bidding to name Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) box of chocolates - three gorgeous Labrador Kelpie cross puppies. “It’s definitely a ‘box of chocolates’ with a difference,” laughed AWLQ Fundraising Manager Neil Rangeley. Thorne Lyons had the highest bid during the…

AWLQ puppy Arlo finding her feet thanks to community funding

Eight weeks after an Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) puppy stole the hearts of the community Arlo continues to make progress towards finding her feet. “The hydrotherapy sessions and exercise regime are making a real difference,” her foster carer and AWLQ Dog Team Rehoming Supervisor Megan Payette said. “Thanks to the…

AWLQ – make this litter your dog’s last – ask us how

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) has launched its Last Litter Revolution across South East Queensland in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted puppies, mothers, and mothers-to-be. “We are urging anyone with a litter to contact us and we will desex the mother dog free of charge, and rehome…

AWLQ cat Simba 20 years young and about to start his ninth life

Animal Welfare League Queensland’s oldest cat has been adopted – thanks to an AWLQ teen volunteer and her mother who works in aged care. At 20 years of age Simba should be enjoying his latter years, on a window sill, in the living room, watching the world go by. Instead…

AWLQ puppy Arlo making progress on road to walking

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) puppy Arlo, who stole the hearts of so many during a GoFundMe campaign, is making progress on the road to walking. “Arlo has had two sessions of intensive physiotherapy and we are seeing improvements, but there is still a long way to go to get…

Gold Coast Mayor gives heartfelt reasons for choosing to adopt from AWLQ

Animal lover Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has revealed his soft side, sharing why he chooses to adopt dogs from Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ). “The animal knows that you have saved him,” Mayor Tate said. “You are setting a great example to your family and neighbours. “I would have…

Community rallies for Arlo, an AWLQ puppy in need

A fundraiser for an Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) puppy who needs ongoing help to walk has raised thousands of dollars overnight. Twelve week old Arlo stole the hearts of social media supporters who donated more than $3,000 to her care on GoFundMe – AWLQ Operation Get Arlo Walking campaign.…

Meet and greet your friends’ pets this summer

With lots of backyard BBQs and family celebrations it’s important children and unfamiliar pets meet each other the right way. Pets are part of the family but if you don’t know a dog or cat it’s important not to overwhelm them. They’ll give you signals that they’re not okay. If…

Dare to be bare clip your cat and dog this summer

You don’t wear a jumper in summer so spare a thought for long haired dogs and cats... Cats shed a great deal of fur in summer and eat a lot of it while grooming themselves. The result can be hairballs which go down and come back up again. To ensure…

Stringing your pet along

This can be dangerous! Cats and kittens love to play but curiosity can also kill the cat. Play it safe with your purr-fect little playmate this season. When you unpack new clothing make sure you dispose of the plastic tags as your cats and dogs get them stuck in their…

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