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Keeping your pets safe on Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for people, but for pets it can be a nightmare, and it is a time to exercise caution. To ensure that both you and your pets enjoy a fun and safe Halloween, we recommend you follow these tips: Don’t feed your pets Halloween lollies, especially…

Protect your pet during tick season

Every year the paralysis tick will cause illness in over 100,000 companion animals on the east coast of Australia. Paralysis ticks are external parasites that suck the blood from their host animal. Their salivary glands produce a toxin that affects the nervous system of the host. Not only is the…

Risk Factors and Managing Obesity in Pets

How can you resist those adoring eyes your pet gives you when you’re eating something, surely a small amount won’t hurt? Although it may be hard to resist giving your pet an extra treat or a little bit more food when they show off their puppy dog eyes, obesity is…

Preparing your pets for bushfire season

With recent severe bushfires resulting in an early start to the season, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) expecting it will go later as well, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is urging pet owners to ensure they are prepared for the bushfire season. Bushfires are extremely dangerous and threaten…

Ensure your pet is well cared for when the unexpected happens

Your dog might be your closest friend giving unconditional love, and your cat, your TV couch companion, but unfortunately they can’t fend for themselves should something happen and you aren’t able to be there for them. Because pets usually have shorter life spans than their human caregivers, you may have…

Keeping Your Pets Happy And Healthy In Winter

It’s easy to assume that because our pets have a coat of fur, they can tolerate the cold better than humans. Just like us, our pets feel the effects of winter, so it is important we make sure they are kept happy and healthy throughout the cool season. Outdoor pets…

Pets Can’t Add But They Do Multiply

In 2018, more than 1,700 kittens and nearly 500 puppies came into Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) care across our four Centres in South East Queensland. Many more don’t make it to shelters, rescue groups or pounds, and are abandoned to live and breed on the street, or around shopping…

Brisbane Cooperative Desexing Program to prevent unwanted cats

Brisbane City Council has provided $52 000 in funding for the 2018/19 year, to subsidise cat desexing for residents in need through AWLQ’s NDN Cooperative Desexing Program. Residents will pay just $35 to desex a male cat and $55 for a female cat. To help people with many undesexed cats,…

Twinkles on Wheels

  Little Twinkles arrived at our Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Centre as a gorgeous eight-week-old Shih-Tzu. Sadly, Twinkles was born without a radius or ulna in her front legs, severely restricting her mobility. In a bid to improve Twinkles quality of life, AWLQ’s Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Supervisor researched the best way…

Butters & Billie-Rose: the foster failures

In November 2017 AWLQ was taking in the surrender of a litter of kittens when one of our animal attendants noticed that one of the little ginger kitties was having trouble with his right-hind leg.  The circumstances around the injury were a bit confusing; all we were able to determine…

Project Empty Shelter 2017

Our 5th Annual Project Empty Shelter resulted in 196 animals finding a home in time for Christmas! Project Empty Shelter was held on 9 and 10 December 2017 and received unprecedented support from the community, who constantly streamed into our four Animal Rehoming Centres across South East Queensland. AWLQ CEO…

Christmas with Ita 2017

[caption id="attachment_22326" align="alignright" width="314"] Neil Andersen OAM - Founding President of AWLQ, Ita Buttrose AO OBE - Golden Hearts Ambassador & AWLQ Patron, Fay Bradley - Golden Hearts Member and Denise Bradley - CEO of AWLQ.[/caption] On 23 November 2017, we hosted a very special Golden Hearts morning tea –…

AWLQ Celebrates National Vet Nurses Day

We’re saluting the unseen work of veterinary nurses on Friday 13 October for National Vet Nurses Day.  AWLQ’s vet nurses work tirelessly to ensure our furry, feathered and scaled family members are cared for and that their needs met. National Vet Nurses Day was established to raise awareness of the…

Getting 2 Zero International Summit

In September 2017, G2Z conducted four Workshops - Shelter Animal Behaviour, Social Change, Animal Management and Shelter Medicine with a record- number of attendees. The 7th biennial G2Z Summit was AWLQ’s biggest yet and welcomed those from the government, not-for-profit welfare, shelter and rescue sectors, research, academic and veterinary professions…

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…

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