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Share the festive joy with an adopted pet

Published: 14 December 2018

Share the festive joy with an adopted pet
Sharing the love (clockwise from top left): Cr Jennie Breene with Loris, a 10-month-old short hair tabby female cat; AMC’s Josh Pemberton with Candy, a one-year-old black and white American Staffordshire Terrier mix female dog; Cr Trevina Schwarz with Angel, a seven-month-old short hair silver female cat; and AMC’s Chanel Love with Heather, a three-month old white and tan Great Dane mix deaf female dog.

Having your own reindeer might sound like a cool idea at this time of year but it’s best to leave that to Santa.

A smarter festive option if you’re looking to bring a pet into your life is giving a new home to an animal from the City of Logan’s Animal Management Centre (AMC).

Unclaimed or abandoned pets are given a second chance through the AMC’s animal adoption program.

More than 1000 animals that have made their way to the AMC have found forever homes over the last two years, changing their lives as well as their new owners’ lives for the better.

But animals are not a novelty Christmas present.

City of Logan Acting Deputy Mayor Trevina Schwarz said adopting a pet at any time of the year was a long-term commitment.

“Pets are certainly a gift that keeps on giving but potential pet owners must ensure the new addition to their family is looked after all year round,” Cr Schwarz said.

City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Committee Chairperson Councillor Jennie Breene said people interested in adopting a dog or cat from the AMC are welcome to meet and greet their potential new pet in specialised meet and greet areas at the Centre.

“We have a rehoming team who will help match the type of pet to a potential owner’s living conditions, work commitments, lifestyle and whether there are children and other dogs or cats in the home,” she said.

All animals are registered, de-sexed, temperament tested, micro-chipped, vaccinated and wormed before being released to new owners.

The Animal Management Centre, at 213 Queens Road in Kingston, is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday) and 9am to 2pm on Saturday. The centre is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Holiday hours are: December 24: 8.30am-4.30pm; December 25 and 26: Closed; December 27 and 28: 8.30am-4.30pm: December 29: (9am-2pm); January 1: Closed; January 2: 8.30am-4.30pm. For after-hours emergencies dial 3412 3412.

For further details on animal adoption go to: www.logan.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/animals/sale-terms-and-fees

Logan's senior lost and abandoned animals don’t miss out either.

Through Council’s Senior Pets for Senior People program, senior pets are rehomed with Logan’s senior residents free of charge and are provided with lifetime registration.

Residents who hold a federal or state government seniors card are eligible for the program.

All cats and dogs in this program are of mature age (five years and older) and more settled in their nature.

These animals are fully assessed like their younger counterparts and also receive an orthopaedic assessment by a Council veterinarian.

Research confirms that pet ownership can:

  • Effectively reduce loneliness
  • Increase ability to better cope with stressful situations
  • Increase social and verbal interactions
  • Mobilise seniors residents by increasing their physical activity by taking their dog for a walk

Registration is compulsory for all cats and dogs that are housed in Logan.