The Lost Dogs’ Home is appealing to LGBT animal lovers in Brisbane to make the organisation their first stop for acquiring a pet as they struggle to cater for an overwhelming number of abandoned animals.
Well established in Victoria, the Lost Dogs’ Home is one of the largest animal welfare organisations in Australia, caring for more than 25,000 dogs and cats each year at shelters in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
In October, the home took over shelter services for Brisbane City Council’s two animal shelters at Bracken Ridge and Willawong.
“As a proud member of the LBGTIQ community myself, I understand the value that a pet has within our community,” the Lost Dogs’ Home’s Kevin Newman said.
“For some, like myself, our pets are the closest we will get to children. I know I feel the same way about my beagle Luna as I would for a child.”
Newman said that after nearly six months of operations, the two Brisbane shelters were at capacity with lost and abandoned animals looking for homes.
“The problem is, despite our 100-year history in Victoria, the home is relatively unknown in Brisbane and we need more people to see the benefits of adopting pets, over purchasing them in pet shops, through irresponsible backyard breeders or from puppy farms,” he said.
“There are simply too many homeless companion animals in Brisbane and not enough people who are willing to take them, or aware of where they can go to adopt a pet from a shelter.”