Hope for Gladstone region's animals as new pound opens

THE long-awaited opening of the Gladstone Regional Council's upgraded animal pound at Callemondah will take place on Monday.

The $1.43 million expansion of the council's old pound site off Hanson Rd, will be the home of hope for surrendered animals.

With a recent spate of animal dumpings in the Gladstone area, animal welfare groups also hope people will surrender their animals more responsibly in the future.

The pound will also take in impounded animals.

Hilda Tottenberg, who is searching for a family pet, said rescuing animals was the more ethical option.

"People are transfixed with little cute puppies, but they really do take so much more effort," she said.

"Animals rescued from pounds are much more grateful and love you eternally."

Ms Tottenberg said she would wait until the weekend was over to decide on her new family member instead of visiting pet stores as she had originally planned.

"Potential pet owners should always look to adopt rather than purchase," she said.

"It is often a cheaper option too, and you know you are giving them a new lease on life."

The opening of the new pound will also reduce the burden on carers, who have been caring for surrendered pets in the meantime.

Animals formerly housed at the Brendonna site will be transferred to the Callemondah site on Monday.

The collection or surrender of animals can be done from 3-6pm from Monday to Friday.

For more information, phone Gladstone Regional Council Regulatory Services on 4970 0700.