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Adopting a new love

A spring campaign to find ‘forever homes’ for dogs and cats aims to ease pressure on a local animal refuge. WORDS: Caitlin Zerafa.

A Sunshine Coast animal refuge is hoping for new beginnings for cats and dogs in its care, with the centre now over capacity.

The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Society (SCARS) spring promotion is calling on the community to adopt adult animals looking for a forever home.

SCARS patron Penny Brischke says the refuge is full, further proving the need for the Shelter the Sunny Coast Built, which is due for completion in late October.

The new shelter, which is the result of a two-year fundraising campaign, will be a welcome upgrade to the existing 44-year-old facility.

“At the moment, as we are building our new shelter. We are plumb out of room to bring in new dogs unless we get some adoptions,” Ms Brischke says.

“It’s almost at the stage of one adopted means one can come in.

“We have capacity for roughly 40 dogs normally at SCARS and with the new shelter being built, it has taken our pen number down a little.

“So, we have over 30 in our main shelter waiting to be adopted.”

Ms Brischke says there are also 30 adult cats ready to be adopted as part of the Spring New Beginnings promotion.

“As a part of all this, we also have a number of bonded pairs of cats and dogs waiting to become instant fur family for some lucky people,” she says.

“The two kittens, Ethan and Edgar, are two of those.

“These handsome best buddies are just over six months old, fun-loving and smoochy. They love to snooze with you.

“Always something to remember with kittens, they grow into cats and require a commitment of 15 to 20 years, if you are lucky.”

Ms Brischke previously has credited the influx of animals to the rental and housing crisis in the region, where much-loved family pets were unwilling surrenders as a result.

“The majority of cats and dogs are from our local pound,” she says.

“This amounts to around 75 to 80 per cent of our intake.

“It also means that the council pound has a very low rate for euthanasia.”

For more information on animals available at SCARS, visit

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