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animal welfare league queensland supports amended animal cruelty laws

17th September 2019 - For Immediate Use

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) supports the Queensland Governments decision to amend laws to make it clear that it is illegal to leave an animal in a car in temperatures that could cause it harm.

Dr. Bridget Brown, AWLQ Senior Veterinarian, said every year across Queensland dogs suffer and die when their carers make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car, even for a short period of time.

“While leaving car windows down on an unattended vehicle is illegal in Queensland, under the current Animal Care and Protection Act, there is no specific offence for leaving a dog in a car, or on the back of a ute.

“AWLQ supports any change in legislation that will benefit and improve the welfare of animals in Queensland,” said Dr. Brown.

Research suggests on a 20 degree day it takes just 10 minutes for the temperature in a car to more than double to 44 degrees. Queensland has an average year round temperature of approximately 29°C; this means dogs are at higher risk from suffering fatal heat stroke in Queensland than in other State.

“Cars can be a death trap for dogs – they can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes if locked in a hot car,” said Dr. Brown.

AWLQ also hopes the amended legislation will increase awareness and improve education on this issue.

“We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but during hot weather the best advice is to leave your dog at home with plenty of water and access to cool shaded areas.

“Dogs are particularly at risk as they cool themselves by panting. If the air around them is too hot and they don’t have access to water, dogs are physically unable to regulate their body temperature,” said Dr. Brown.

As temperatures begin to increase it is also a timely reminder for pet owners to monitor their pets for heat stress added Dr Brown.

“Symptoms of overheating in pets can include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness or collapse. If you are concerned about your pet’s wellbeing, consult your veterinarian immediately.”

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.


ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE QUEENSLAND IS URGING PET OWNERS TO PREPARE FOR LONG AND VERY ACTIVE BUSHFIRE SEASON

5th September 2019 - For Immediate Use

  • Check with local authorities as to where your nearest pet friendly refuge centre is located.
  • Know where you could house your pets as an alternative.
  • Because of the potential stress on animals relocate your pets early to a safer location.
  • Have a pet emergency kit prepared with food, water, bedding and medication.

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 homes and lives of both humans and animals. Having a plan of action in case of an emergency, for both you and your pets, is essential to getting out alive.

Bushfires can occur in a matter of seconds, providing very little time to evacuate. With a plan in place you will know exactly how to react and what needs to be done in order to save the lives of you and your pets.

Tips for preparing for bushfire season:

  • Monitoring high fire danger days are important, as this will allow you to be prepared and ready if the worst happens. As soon as you are aware of a bushfire threat, it is important to act as quickly as possible.
  • Check with local authorities as to where your nearest pet friendly refuge centre is located. Know where you could house your pets as an alternative – this may include boarding kennels, a relative or friend’s place.
  • Because of the potential stress on animals in a major bush fire, we recommend that you relocate your pets early to a safer location.
  • Have a kit ready to go – this should include food and water, a bowl for each pet, a spare collar and lead, a carrier for cats and smaller pets, bedding and a woollen blanket, a favourite toy, any medications and your pet's medical history, including proof of vaccination.
  • Have towels and woollen blankets available to cover and protect your pets.
  • Make sure your pets can be identified easily – microchip your animals and include your details such as your phone number on collars.
  • Discuss with neighbours about protecting your pets if you are not at home during a bushfire. Keep in regular contact with your neighbours during the fire danger period to let them know your plans.
  • Practise how you will move your pets if you leave – it takes longer than you think.

If your pets have suffered injuries during a fire ensure you seek veterinary assistance as soon as it is safe to do so.

For more information visit - https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety/Pages/Create-your-bushfire-survival-plan.aspx

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.


HOP INTO BRISBANE’S ANIMAL REHOMING CENTRES THIS EASTER AND ADOPT A  HOMELESS ANIMAL

16 April 2019 - For Immediate Use

Brisbane’s Animal Rehoming Centres are bringing you a ten day Easter Bun-Anzer adoption drive, with reduced adoption fees, in an effort to rehome hundreds of stray and homeless animals.

Melinda Phipps, for the Animal Rehoming Centres, said the long hot summer we have experienced has resulted in an extra-long breeding season this year and the Easter Bun-Anzer adoption drive is an opportunity to choose a new family pet in time for winter.

“The Easter long-weekend provides the perfect opportunity to introduce a new companion into your family. We encourage anyone who is ready for a furry new family member to visit the Brisbane Animal Rehoming Centres and meet the animals who are waiting for a second chance,” said Ms Phipps (Animal Welfare League Queensland [AWLQ] State Rehoming Manager).

“Every animal that is rehomed provides a space for another in need of a new home, so you’re really helping two animals.”

“For families who have decided the time is right for a new pet, cats will be reduced from $178 to $29 and dogs from $382 to $99 (conditions apply) for these ten days. We hope this promotion will provide extra incentive to visit the Rehoming Centres and choose the rewarding experience of adopting a homeless animal.”

Council and AWLQ’s promise is to never euthanise a sociable, healthy or treatable domestic animal in our care. We work tirelessly to keep this promise and it is something we are very proud of. The community plays an important role in assisting us to achieve this when they choose to adopt.

Council’s standard adoption processes still apply and all cats and dogs are desexed, microchipped and vaccinated. Brisbane has two  Animal Rehoming Centres operated by AWLQ:

  • Warra Animal Rehoming Centre, Telegraph Road, Bracken Ridge
  • Willawong Animal Rehoming Centre, Gooderham Road, Willawong

The Easter Bun-Anzer runs from 17 – 26 April 2019 (weekdays - 12pm to 6pm and weekends - 10am to 3pm), with the Animal Rehoming Centres closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Head online to see the animals available for adoption - www.awlqld.com.au/adopt-a-pet

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery -  Public Relations & Communications Manager at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.


ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE QUEENSLAND IS URGING PET OWNERS TO PREPARE FOR CYCLONE OMA

21 February 2019 - For Immediate Use

High-impact weather is expected to lash Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the coming days and Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is urging pet owners to ensure their animals kept safe.

Melinda Phipps, AWLQ State Rehoming Manager, says the organisation sees a significant influx of lost animals coming into care when severe weather events occur.

“Pets are at higher risk of becoming lost during a storm. The sudden atmospheric  changes and loud noises associated with storms is one of the most prevalent phobias in animals, and result in many of them escaping from their properties. This then puts them at risk of injuring themselves.

“Cyclone Oma is powering up and could make landfall this weekend bringing very heavy rainfall, gale force winds to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, forecasters have warned.  The best advice we can offer pet owners is to keep their pets inside during this period.

“While there is no magic solution to prevent animals from becoming distressed during storms, there are several things owners can do to calm and protect their pets,” said Ms Phipps.

Tips for keeping your pet safe during a storm:

  • Bring pets indoors at the first sign of a storm – animals can become disoriented or try to escape the property to get away from the storm.
  • If you are not able to be home – ask a neighbour or family member to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.
  • Storm phobic animals – confine them to a small space or room if you know this makes them feel safe, close the blinds so your pet can’t see outside and have music playing. You can also try a thunder coat.
  • Make sure all pets have identification – ensure your pet’s microchip details are up-to-date and they are wearing a collar and identification tag.

“Losing a pet is a very distressing time for owners. In the event your pet does go missing during a storm, check your neighbourhood as someone may have found your pet and are keeping them safe. Ensure you contact your local Council, animal shelters and vet clinics. It is also a good idea to list your pet missing on social media lost and found pages.

“This is also a very timely reminder for pet owners to make sure they have an emergency plan in place for their pets during a natural disaster,” said Ms Phipps.

For more information visit - https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/dealing-disasters/prepare-for-disasters/prepare-pets.

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.


Animal Welfare League Queensland urges pet owners to prepare for expected heatwave

18 January 2019 - For Immediate Use

With the heatwave gripping many parts of the country expected to move east and bring near-40-degree temperatures to parts of south-east Queensland by the weekend, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is urging pet owners to ensure their animals have somewhere cool to retreat to.

Melinda Phipps, AWLQ State Rehoming Manager, warns that 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 will absorb more heat through their fur and that light-haired dogs are more susceptible to sunburn.

“Pets that are more likely to suffer in the heat include breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, greyhounds, persians and exotic shorthairs, and any with especially thick coats,” said Ms Phipps.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology inland areas of the south-eastern corner to reach maximums in the high 30s later in the week while towns in the southern interior are bracing for tops in the 40s.

“There are several things owners can do to protect their pets. These guidelines are especially important for owners of older pets, pets with thick coats, short noses, or pets adapted to cooler climates.

“One of the most important things to remember is never to leave them in a hot place from which they cannot leave. So, never leave them locked in a room without air-conditioning or a car. Animals should not be locked in cars no matter what the weather but especially not in the heat,” said Ms Phipps.

Tips for keeping your pet safe on hot days:

  • Never leave your animals in a vehicle – even with the windows open. A parked car is like an oven and temperatures can reach extreme levels in just a short period of time leading to fatal heat stroke.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly – have plenty of fresh, clean water available. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets – this includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, vomiting, or even collapse. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke.
  • If you can’t be home seek alternative arrangements – ask your neighbour or a family member to mind your pet. If your pet is home alone, where possible, leaving the air-conditioning or fans on in the house will help to keep pets cool.
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool or at the beach – not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats.
  • Don’t let your pets linger on hot pavements – when the temperature is very high and being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly. Their sensitive paw pads can burn so keep dog walks during these times to a minimum.

If you are concerned about your pet’s wellbeing, consult your veterinarian immediately. To report wildlife in distress contact 1300 264 625.

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.


ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE QUEENSLAND URGES PET OWNERS TO PREPARE FOR SIGNIFICANT WEATHER EVENT

12 December 2018 - For Immediate Use

With heavy rain and strong winds set to lash the Queensland coast in the coming days, Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) is urging pet owners to ensure their animals have somewhere secure and dry to bunker down.

Melinda Phipps, AWLQ State Rehoming Manager, says the organisation sees a significant influx of lost animals coming into care when severe storms occur.

“Pets are at higher risk of becoming lost during a storm. The sudden atmospheric  changes and loud noises associated with storms is one of the most prevalent phobias in animals, and result in many of them escaping from their properties. This then puts them at risk of injuring themselves.

“According to the Bureau of Meteorology South East Queensland can expect widespread heavy rain from Friday through until Sunday. The best advice we can offer pet owners is to keep their pets inside during this period.

“While there is no magic solution to prevent animals from becoming distressed during storms, there are several things owners can do to calm and protect their pets,” said Ms Phipps.

Tips for keeping your pet safe during a storm:

  • Bring pets indoors at the first sign of a storm – animals can become disoriented or try to escape the property to get away from the storm.
  • If you are not able to be home – ask a neighbour or family member to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.
  • Storm phobic animals – confine them to a small space or room if you know this makes them feel safe, close the blinds so your pet can’t see outside and have music playing. You can also try a thunder coat.
  • Make sure all pets have identification – ensure your pet’s microchip details are up-to-date and they are wearing a collar and identification tag.

“Losing a pet is a very distressing time for owners. In the event your pet does go missing during a storm, check your neighbourhood as someone may have found your pet and are keeping them safe. Ensure you contact your local Council, animal shelters and vet clinics. It is also a good idea to list your pet missing on social media lost and found pages.

“This is also a very timely reminder for pet owners to make sure they have an emergency plan in place for their pets during a natural disaster,” said Ms Phipps.

For more information visit - https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/dealing-disasters/prepare-for-disasters/prepare-pets.

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For all media enquiries please contact Craig Montgomery at AWLQ on 07 5509 9030/0424 382 727 or email communications@awlqld.com.au.