Animal adoption helped by upgraded pound’s location
THE opening of Gladstone Regional Council's upgraded pound facility at Callemondah is going to make life much easier for abandoned animals and their carers.
About 15 dogs were transferred to the pound on Monday, with additional impounded animals also to be sheltered there.
The $1.43 million expansion and refurbishment of the former pound site, located off Hanson Rd, is required due to private operator arrangements at the Brendonna pound concluding.
The council utilised Brendonna solely for pound operations in October 2008 following council amalgamations earlier that year.
Construction on the pound commenced in August last year.
The site is also next to the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone Adoption Centre where residents can adopt unwanted dogs and cats deemed suitable for re-homing.
Councillor Col Chapman has previously said that the new facility would ensure adequate provisions were in place to deal with the anticipated regional demands.
The council expects the number of impounded pets to double between this year and 2031.
Friends of the RSPCA foster carer Kellie Shields said having the pound right next door to the volunteer centre would help streamline the process for adoption.
"It will be a fantastic meet and greet place for the animals now, whereas it used to happen at the homes of the foster carers," she said.
Under Ms Shields' care are well-behaved dogs Mack, a cattle-cross, and Riley, a shar pei-cross.
Ms Shields said the Friends of RSPCA were actively seeking more foster carers and food donations.
"They heavily rely on support from the community," she said.
The collection or surrender of animals by the public can be conducted from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, after payment has been made at a Council administration office and upon presentation of the receipt.
As with the Brendonna facility, the new pound will serve only as a housing and collection point and payments will not be processed onsite.
Life as a dog foster carer
KELLIE Shields first took up the challenge of being a foster carer for the Friends of RSPCA Gladstone two-and-a-half years ago.
That's when her family fell in love with pup Nero, who has been with the Shields family ever since.
"I've always been a dog lover," she said.
"I thought it (fostering) would be a good way to help the animals so they don't get euthanized."
The family had a break from foster caring to give Nero time to settle in, but when the Friends of RSPCA shelter was closing and the organisation was desperate for more volunteers the family put their hands back up.
"We have three boys and they love meeting the new dogs we get through," she said.
"We have some fantastic dogs come through."
Currently under Ms Shields' care is cattle-cross Mack and shar pei-cross Riley.
Riley has been in their home for about three months and Mack has been there for a month.
Ms Shields said they were well-behaved and friendly, although Mack was a bit timid at first.
"Now he's come out of his skin which is really good," she said.
"Riley doesn't bark at all and Mack only barks when our dog barks at people walking past."
Ms Shields hopes that they can find new homes, but admits it can be harder to re-home adult dogs.
She said the fact that Riley needed eye surgery of a cost of about $500, to stop him getting conjunctivitis, has also deterred people from adopting him.
However, his sweet nature would make him the perfect addition to a family.