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Pets and the festive season

Responsible Adoption and Pet Ownership

If you are thinking about adding a dog or cat to your family this festive season, there are a number of things you need to consider before you make this important decision.

  • Have you considered adopting instead of shopping?
  • Do you have time to exercise, groom, train and play with a pet?
  • Will you have enough money to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for your pet?
  • Who will look after your pet when you are away?
  • Do you rent and are you permitted to have pets?
  • Is your property large enough and suitable for a pet?
  • What hours do you work and will the pet have company during the day?
  • If buying a puppy or kitten do you have someone to look after it during the day for feeding purposes?
  • If you're buying a cat, are you prepared to have it inside at night time?
  • Will your new pet get along with your other animals?

Where can I adopt?

If you are thinking of adding another member to your family why don’t you consider saving a pet from the Animal Welfare League Queensland’s (AWLQ) Ipswich Rehoming Centre.

The Ipswich Rehoming Centre is located at 6 Hooper Street, West Ipswich QLD 4305. Opening hours:

  • Monday – Friday 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm

All AWLQ pets are behaviour tested and medically approved. Every animal has been:

  • Desexed
  • Microchipped
  • Wormed
  • Vaccinated

So don’t shop, adopt! Find animals for adoption

Where can I find further information about being a new owner?

The Animals Welfare League of Queensland and Ipswich City Council have fact sheets and advice on purchasing a new pet and keeping your pet safe.

Keeping Your Pet Safe

Keeping them cool and tick free

Coming into the warmer months it is important to consider your pet safety.  Here are a few helpful hints to keep your pets safe.

  • Ensure that you stay up to date with your pet’s tick/ flea treatment and check them thoroughly on a daily basis. When checking your pet for ticks, feel for small lumps, not just on their torso but also in areas such as under the collar, between toes and inside their ears.
  • Keep your pets cool - the RSPCA has a list of tips and tricks on how to keep your pets cool

Pets in Cars

Just this year the RSPCA has received 1,097 distress calls about animals (usually dogs) being left in cars in the heat.

Be a responsible pet owner and follow these simple rules:

  • DON’T leave your dog inside a stationary vehicle, even with the windows down (locked or otherwise). Leaving car windows down on an unattended vehicle is illegal and will not prevent a car from reaching extreme temperatures.
  • DON’T leave your dog on the back of a parked utility, especially in the sun.
  • DO leave your dog secured in a safe area in the shade outside the vehicle with access to water, and ideally under the supervision of a reliable person, if you have to leave the animal for a short time.
  • DO ensure sufficient ventilation while the car is moving (air conditioning, windows down safely) and that your dog, or its cage, is adequately restrained.
  • DO ensure your dog has regular access to cool, clean drinking water.

Keeping your pets safe when fireworks occur.

Keep your pets safe this festive season, especially with fireworks displays. Here are a few tips on how to keep your pets safe.

  • Prepare early
  • Talk to your vet about the treatment options available for managing noise phobias - ask them about any new treatment options
  • Take your dog out for exercise before the fireworks start e.g. reasonably long walk, then after a couple of hours you can feed a meal. A tired and well-fed dog will likely be less anxious during the night. If you can, stay home to be with your pet
  • Let your dog be with you and try to be calm and normal. Avoid fussing over your pet excessively but try to engage them in normal activities such as playing. Reward your dog for their calm behaviour, rewards include giving dog treats and  their favourite dog toy
  • Close the blinds/curtains, create a comfortable hiding place and allow your dog to go there to feel safe, put on some music or the TV to help mask the noise outside, and distract your dog with games and food.
  • Dogs who panic can choke themselves on a collar or lead, so never tether your dog during these times and never use a choke chain to restrain your dog
  • Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and that your contact details are up to date on the microchip register. Also ensure they are wearing an ID tag so they can be easily returned if they accidentally escape
  • Direct supervision is important to help prevent injury or escape. If you cannot supervise your dog on the night consider making alternative arrangements so your dog will be supervised by a responsible person directly or consider boarding your dog so they will be safe