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Taking Care of our Furry Friends

    Written by Containers for Change – CQ Pet Rescue has been participating in the Containers for Change scheme since it began in November 2018. As at the end of October 2020 CQ Pet Rescue had raised more than $38,000 through the scheme. Saving animals that are on the euthanasia lists in council pounds and catteries, they’re the only animal rescue in the entire Central Highlands region, receiving no government funding or subsidies. While the financial benefits are clear, there are other positive outcomes from the group’s engagement with the scheme according to Treasurer Susan Consedine. “The community has been a massive part of this project and their support has made such a difference to our recycling project,” Susan said. “The local Maraboon Tavern gives us all their cans and bottles for recycling, as do many other local businesses. The scheme is incredibly easy to engage with – the funds are simply deposited into our bank account, ready to be used.” The scheme is managed by CQ Pet Rescue volunteers including 76-year-old Selwyn Nutley who has collected more than 66,000 bottles and cans for the charity since the scheme began. “THE COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN A MASSIVE PART OF THIS PROJECT.” Susan Consedine Treasurer, CQ Pet Rescue

    CQ Pet Rescue rises up again

      Written by Di Stanley – CQ Today CQ Pet Rescue has successfully reformed and recharged with a fresh executive team. President Sam Evans said the outlook was positive for the Emerald-based organisation which went into hiatus in July citing volunteer burnout and online abuse. “This is something I’ve always been passionate about,” she said. “So, when we had to close our doors because the resources were spread pretty thin, it was a little bit heartbreaking to realise that the animals going to the pound couldn’t be saved. “We’ve had well over 1000 adoptions since CQ Pet Rescue started.” Ms Evans said with many newcomers to executive positions after the make-or-break meeting on Sunday, 20 November, consultation would be held with Central Highlands rangers to map out future interactions. The Emerald pound is currently closed for the second time in little more than a month due to another outbreak of Parvovirus. “We’ll talk through the pound closure and how we all move forward from that and then we’ll be able to hit the ground running,” Ms Evans said. Ms Evans, based in Blackwater, said there were between 50 to 60 foster carers on the CQ Pet Rescue books in Emerald, Blackwater and Springsure. “We’ve got a lot who have been quiet of late, but now they’ve had a bit of a rest as well, they’re ready to come back and take animals again,” she said. “A lot of the foster carers got completely burnt out because there can be quit a lot of stress on them, and us as well. “So it’s been really good for everyone to just step away, have a bit of time to ourselves and our families, go on a few holidays and then come back and… Read More »CQ Pet Rescue rises up again

      CQ Pet Rescue $15K desexing drive and golf day

        Article Written by Di Stanley at CQ Today –   Before a ball gets hit off the tee in the CQ Pet Rescue Charity Golf Day later this month to raise much-needed funds for the volunteer organisation, pet owners have the chance to hit a hip pocket hole-in-one with free animal desexing on offer. CQ Pet Rescue treasurer Susan Consedine said the not for profit group had chipped in $10,000 for a desexing program run exclusively through Emerald’s Gray Street Vet Clinic with the Central Highlands Regional Council donating another $5000. The organisation relaunched in earnest in late January after a brief hiatus. “We really found out feet as a group, worked out where we were and we managed to hit the ground running from there,” Ms Consedine said. “We are still looking for a pound coordinator and a community engagement coordinator, but other than that, all the committee positions have been filled and we’re engaging now with the rangers on a regular basis and extracting animals from the pound. “We are still desperately short of foster carers, but we’re trying out best with what we’ve got.” Ms Consedine said the return of the desexing program amid unprecedent cost-of-living pressures on families would be welcomed. “We have a number of vouchers for the public to access for free desexing for their pets – cats, dogs, doesn’t matter what size what age as long as they’re over six months old and we will pay in full for that,” she said. “We have $15,000 of money there to help the public desex their pets which we think is really important in this economy and these hard times and a lot of people are going to be able to access those resources.… Read More »CQ Pet Rescue $15K desexing drive and golf day