Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone cat foster care co-ordinator Anita Coad.
Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone cat foster care co-ordinator Anita Coad. Christopher Chan GLA190412CATS

Irresponsible pet owners cop a blast from cat co-ordinator

ANITA Coad, cat co-ordinator at Friends of RSPCA has seen all too often, the number of animals neglected and left to fend for themselves within the Gladstone region.

"People need to go down to the pound and have a wake up call," she said.

Members of the RSPCA are let down regarding the poor behaviour of pet owners.

"It's no one's fault, except the owners. People need to think long and hard before buying a pet."

She couldn't stress enough, the importance of having your pet microchipped, desexed and registered.

"It's so important, there's a much bigger chance of getting your pet back if it's ever lost."

She continued her concerns on residents breeding animals for profit.

"There are way too many backyard breeders."

The next cat adoption day is on Sunday from 10am-1pm.

The Figures

Friends of RSPCA have 60 cats. Their maximum is usually 40.

Gladstone Regional Council said the number of impounded animals had decreased since mandatory registration/microchipping came into effect.

  • 2008-2009: 46% of animals were euthanaised.
  • 2011-2012: Only 25% were euthanaised.