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Preparing Your Pets for Life After Self-Isolation

There is no doubt our pets have provided comfort and a sense of normality during these emotionally challenging and uncertain times. Dogs across the country are loving life – with their family’s home during the day and being exercised more than ever due to people looking for added activities during…

Protect Your Pet From Deadly Diseases

By ensuring your pet is vaccinated, you provide protection against many diseases. Some of these diseases are highly contagious and can be fatal to our pet and other animals exposed to the disease. Dr Bridget Brown, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) Senior Veterinarian, says vaccinating your pet has long been…

Keeping Your Pets Happy and Healthy This Easter

Overindulging during the Easter period may result in a few extra kilograms for humans; the consequences for our animal companions are much more serious. We've put together a few tips on how you can keep your furry companions happy and healthy this Easter. Chocolate is a big no, no! The accidental…

Thinking Outside The Pound

COVID-19 provides opportunities to increase care and support for our own animals and to keep animals out of pounds and shelters. AWLQ is encouraging the community to use the current restrictions to think “outside of the pound”, to prevent animals getting lost or homeless and being impounded, and to help…

Covid-19: Having a pet care plan will provide you peace of mind

In response to the increasing concern regarding Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Animal Welfare League Queensland is implementing a series of plans to mitigate the risks associated with this. These proactive measures are being taken in an effort to keep our animals, staff and volunteers safe, and allow you to focus on…

Keeping Your Pets Happy & Healthy During The Festive Season

The festive season is upon us, and many of us will include our pets in these festivities. As you gear up for Christmas, it is important to your pet's wellbeing in mind. Help your pet have a healthy and happy Christmas by following these tips. Food Keep people food away…

Keeping Your Pets Happy and Healthy During Hot Weather

During times of hot weather and heatwaves it is important your pets have have somewhere cool to retreat to. Unless owners take the necessary precautions, pets can rapidly suffer from heat stroke and even die on very hot days. It is also important to remember that dark-haired cats and dogs…

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…

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