There are thousands of stories of why animals end up at 4 Paws Animal Rescue.
One of those stories belongs to eight-year-old Zeb, a poodle cross, and nine-year-old Max, a lhasa cross. They were the best friends of their owner until he had a heart attack and ongoing health problems meant there was no other choice but for him to surrender them. They’re such good buddies and they can’t be separated and 4 Paws Animal Rescue staff are caring for them until they can be re-homed.
4 Paws Animal Rescue president Julie Penlington describes the refuge as a “golden ticket” for pets in need. She says owners, carers, social workers or the council call on the refuge to help when they have run out of all other options.
“Sometimes people get older and can no longer care for their pets, sometimes it can be health or housing issues or financial pressures,” Ms Penlington says. “Sadly, it can also be because of neglect, abuse or death of the owners.”
The animal rescue is the only 100 per cent volunteer animal rescue service on the Coast. “At present we care for over 70 dogs and 38 cats,” Ms Penlington says.
“This makes us the Coast’s largest animal rescue.”
Ms Penlington explains that many animals arrive requiring extensive vet care and displaying behavioural issues. In these cases, the animal is fostered out to volunteer homes and 4 Paws takes care of the medical bills. In other cases, animals are put up for adoption and applications are carefully assessed to ensure the pets are going to their ‘forever home’.
All 4 Paws animals are vet checked, micro-chipped, wormed, flea treated and de-sexed prior to being available for adoption.
An animal at 4 Paws will never be euthanised unless it is in a great deal of pain or has an un-treatable disease and a vet advises that this is the only option, or if the animal is a danger to humans. No matter how long it takes to find a new home for the animal, it will remain in the care of 4 Paws Animal Rescue. There are a small number of elderly and sick animals that will stay as permanent resident foster animals so the organisation can be sure they will receive the very best care.
“As you can imagine, this comes with a high financial cost,” Ms Penlington says.
This year COVID has affected 4 Paws fundraising abilities. To donate go to 4pawsanimalrescue.org.au/donate.
Donations can be made at any branch of the Heritage Bank or by using online banking: account name: 4 Paws Animal Rescue Inc. Account number: 11452471, BSB: 638 070
About 4 Paws
4 Paws Animal Rescue is run by a very small team of dedicated volunteers. When you need to contact them please complete an online form or email and someone will be in touch. 4 Paws asks for your patience. The organisation is a registered non-profit group and an incorporated association and DGR registered. This means that your donation over $2 is tax deductible.
4 Paws receives no guaranteed funding. It relies on sponsors, supporters, grants and members of the public for donations. Usually, 4 Paws has various fundraising activities to help pay for ongoing veterinary fees.
Time to care?
4 Paws is always looking for new volunteers to support the 4 Paws Committee so that the team is able to save more abandoned animals. If you are willing to volunteer and give time and a commitment, then you will be found a suitable role.
In addition to casual volunteers, the organisation is also seeking committed individuals to get a little more involved. If you have the drive to make a difference to the lives of companion animals on the Sunshine Coast, please consider becoming a 4 Paws member.
Members are invited to attend regular members forums where members gather and express new ideas for fundraising, promotion and animal care. Members also attend the AGM. An annual membership fee is applicable.
To find out more about the organisation, go to 4pawsanimal rescue.org.au/volunteer.