Abandoned pet numbers on the rise

ABANDONED pups are costing Leesa Hodgson and Ashlea Coulson $160 a week – but it's a labour of love for the Maryborough pet carers.

With many people unwilling to fully commit to the responsibility of pet ownership, Miss Hodgson and Miss Coulson have seen the results of people not desexing their animals.

Between them, they currently care for a total of nine puppies.

The mixture of belgian shepherd-cross and border collie pups that are just six weeks old cost Miss Hodgson and Miss Coulson large amounts of time and money.

With 800 animals in care across the Fraser Coast, Miss Hodgson said it was easy to see how so many animals found their way into pounds each year.

“We don't want to put these animals down, but they have nowhere to go.

“You can't say no when you look at their faces.”

The two are members of the Fraser Coast Pet Warriors, a not-for-profit organisation that cares for abandoned animals and aims to find them permanent homes.

Miss Hodgson and Miss Coulson are just two of the many volunteers who dedicate their time, houses and funds.

With 250,000 puppies being euthanised each year, Miss Hodgson and Miss Coulson are determined to help put an end to the unfortunate and unnecessary deaths. It was this mission that saw them travel to the Gin Gin pound to rescue a pregnant dog recently.

“People complain about the cost of desexing animals, but the price is worth it when you consider what could happen in the future,” Miss Hodgson said.

Fraser Coast Pet Warriors, while pleased to see animals placed with families, is selective as to who adopts the pets.

The organisation frequently holds dog walks to promote its cause and increase awareness of pet responsibility across the Fraser Coast, and gratefully accepts monetary donations from members of the community.



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