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1 February 2023

More than 220 lonely hearts are waiting, hoping to find true love this Valentine’s

Valentine’s is the perfect opportunity to profess your love; however, that love doesn’t need to be limited to fellow humans. Pets have lots of love to share every day.

Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) hopes Cupid’s arrow will strike the community as they view the animals available for adoption at the organisation’s five animal rehoming centres.

AWLQ Spokesperson, Craig Montgomery, said that to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AWLQ is reducing adoption fees on adult cats, bringing the adoption prices down to just $29, and selected adult dogs will be reduced to just $99.

“We currently have 221 animals, including 96 adult cats, available for adoption across AWLQ’s Beenleigh, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Warra and Willawong Animal Rehoming Centres.

“We’ve been playing match-maker for more than 60 years, and as a result, we have rehomed more than 175,000 animals. So you could say our success rate is pretty good. Our team know what they’re doing when it comes to helping people find their perfect companion,” said Mr Montgomery.

The Valentine’s Adoption Sale runs from 8 to 14 February 2023. Visit to view the animals available for adoption or to find your nearest AWLQ Animal Rehoming Centre and hours.

AWLQ’s usual adoption process still applies, and we ensure each animal is adopted by the right owner who can take care of them. In addition, all cats and dogs are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.

February is always a busy time at AWLQ, as it falls in line with cat breeding season. So while love might be in the air for humans, this Valentine’s Day, AWLQ reminds people to have their pets desexed.

“Cats are prolific breeders in warm climates, with one female cat capable of having up to three litters a year. Cats can begin breeding at four months of age, live between 10 and 18 years and have up to six to eight kittens at a time. It’s a recipe for overpopulation if they aren’t desexed.

“We can’t stress the importance of early desexing enough and urge local cat, and dog owners, to contact their local vets and book their pet in to be desexed,” Mr Montgomery said.



Key details

  • The Valentine’s Adoption Sale is on from 8 to 14 February 2023.
  • Adult cats – $29.00 and selected adult dogs $99.00.
  • Campaign assets can be downloaded here –
  • Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre is located at 1 Shelter Road in Coombabah.
  • Beenleigh Animal Rehoming Centre is located at 16 Rossmanns Road in Stapylton.
  • Ipswich Animal Rehoming Centre is located at 6 Hooper Street in West Ipswich.
  • Warra Animal Rehoming Centre is located at 523 Telegraph Road in Bracken Ridge.
  • Willawong Animal Rehoming Centre is located at Camden Road in Willawong.


For all media enquiries and interview requests, please contact:

Craig Montgomery
Communications & PR Manager
0424 382 727


About Animal Welfare League Queensland

Founded in 1959, AWLQ has become a trusted leader in animal welfare. We provide a safe haven and second chance for more than 10,000 stray and homeless animals annually. To each of these animals we welcome through our doors, we promise never to euthanise a healthy, sociable, or treatable animal in our care. In addition to our shelter work, we are committed to keeping pets and people together by providing lifesaving support and resources to people in need with companion animals. We are known for our grassroots and innovative community-based animal welfare work, including our community vet clinics, Getting to Zero, Golden Hearts Seniors’ Support Program and the National Desexing Network.