Coby and Alex Bholah with some of their feline charges.
Coby and Alex Bholah with some of their feline charges. Alistair Brightman

Paw things saved by Coby's care

IT STARTED with Stormy, more than a year ago.

Coby Bholah watched in horror as a group of youths dropped a cat into a rubbish bin near Crazy Clark’s at Pialba.

The heavily pregnant Point Vernon resident retrieved the traumatised tortoise shell tabby, took the youths to task and reported the disgusting incident to police.

Today Stormy is living the good life on Hyperno Road and is not lost for friends.

The Stormy incident prompted 21-year-old Coby and husband Alex to open the doors of their home to the animal kingdom five months ago.

Using classified adverts in the Chronicle, a dedicated Facebook site and posters on wheelie bins, the stay-at-home mother of two and friend Jessica Rosman have got the word out.

“We just don’t want to see animals being put down. Anything but that,” Coby says.

Her home is now an unofficial re-homing sanctuary for animals dumped on the side of Fraser Coast roads. Their promotional efforts have attracted the attention of volunteers at Maryborough Animal Refuge who now ring Coby when they get word of a litter dumped in Hervey Bay.

Coby and Jessica retrieved and re-homed a litter of six kittens from Torquay State School this week, on the back of a call from the Maryborough refuge.

They have also taken custody this week of a litter of five, dumped at Booral on Monday in a box labelled “For Free”.

“They were beautiful cats, possibly a Persian cross.”

Another litter of four kittens and a young mother that was being kept in a guinea pig cage arrived from Maryborough.

At times their promotional efforts could be deemed to be too good. Coby got a call from Maryborough on Monday about a litter dumped on a street around the corner from her home.

Even worse, a 12-week old black cat was ditched in their wheelie bin one night.

Coby acknowledges the work of groups like Fraser Coast Pet Warriors but fears the dumping situation is getting out of hand.

“I believe it is an epidemic. There are a lot of cats being dumped and it’s getting worse.

“Desexing is a huge issue. People need to be more aware of the options. There are discounts available. The National Desexing Network should be considered.

“People on Centrelink payments can’t afford to pay $200 to have their animals desexed.

“I think there should be a free desexing day. It could make a huge difference.”

Big-hearted Coby has also taken 12 dogs this year. “We will go out to the pound and find out which dogs are going to be put down and we will take them too.”

She is happy for unwanted animals to be left at her home at 17 Hyperno Street and can be contacted on 0402 921 054.



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