Pandemic creates surge in pet adoptions

RSPCA worker

KAYLA SYLVESTER Pet shelters and animal rescues around Queensland say there has been a significant increase in animal adoptions since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as an increase in the number of people donating their time to animal … [Read more...]

Animal shelters adopt new virtual approach

Bull Arab foster dogs

MADISON COSKERIE The coronavirus pandemic has forced Queensland animal shelters to adapt to social distancing regulations by cancelling or amending fundraising events and shifting animal adoption procedures online.   The RSPCA … [Read more...]

Animal sanctuary opens gates to public

DRU founder Kate Bijkerk

KAYLA SYLVESTER Many industries are facing an uncertain future thanks to COVID-19, but one industry that has been largely overlooked during the pandemic is that of animal rescue.   Deathrow Unchained (DRU) is a not-for-profit … [Read more...]

Empty bottles help support rescue dogs

Bridgy Staffies United Rescue

CONNIE SAVAGE Staffies United Rescue (SUR) are encouraging people to cash in their empty bottles and donate their 10 cent refund to rescue dogs in need.   It’s as simple as collecting eligible bottles, taking them to a local Containers … [Read more...]

Local groups support new vegans

Alternative meat products

AISHA ISABELLA ULSTRUP-HANSEN Vegan living is on the rise in Australia, thanks to wider availability of meat-free alternatives, celebrity endorsement and greater awareness of the potential benefits of a vegan diet, including reducing animal cruelty … [Read more...]

Big Adopt Out to rehome 300 animals

RSPCA Big Adopt Out

CONNIE SAVAGE The RSPCA’s Big Adopt Out returns to Brisbane for it’s seventh year this Saturday, bringing animal rescue groups from across Queensland together to rehome hundreds of animals.   There will be around 300 cats and dogs up … [Read more...]

Walk targets farm animal maltreatment

Walk for Farm Animals Brisbane

BRITTINY EDWARDS More than 80 supporters are expected to walk the streets through Brisbane City and Southbank this Sunday as part of the annual Walk for Farm Animals, which raises awareness of the maltreatment of farm animals.   Farm … [Read more...]

Dog market celebrates AWLQ’s 60th birthday

Paws at the Park photo booth

CONNIE SAVAGE Australia’s biggest dog market event, Paws at the Park, returns to the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds this Saturday to celebrate Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) 60th birthday and showcase the best of Brisbane and Gold Coast’s dog … [Read more...]

Festival raises awareness for endangered whales

Humpback whale

KRISTINA TRAJKOVSKI Marine mammal research organisation Humpbacks and High-rises is holding the Gold Coast’s first whale festival on August 31 to raise awareness of endangered marine animals.   Humpbacks and High-rises (HHR) is a … [Read more...]

Cruelty free cosmetics rise in popularity

EDEN PARKES People use makeup to feel good, but the rising issue of cruelty in animal testing is threatening that feeling for many.  Animal testing submits mice, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, birds and other species to a scientific process that may … [Read more...]