RSPCA Queensland’s youngest employee and Jimboomba resident Mitch Wright has called on the community to adopt and not shop for their next pet.
This comes with the RSPCA set to host its Pop Up Adoption event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, January 12 for a fifth year from 9am to 3pm.
The event will bring hundreds of dogs and cats from RSPCA shelters across Queensland under the same roof with the goal of breaking last year’s record of 432 pets re-homed.
Mr Wright, 17, volunteered at RSPCA across multiple departments in 2018 before taking on a full-time role as Call Centre operator in August.
He said there were no nasty surprises when adopting an RSPCA pet.
“The best thing is knowing where the animals come from. Knowing they came through the RSPCA is better than going through a breeder because with breeders you can’t be assured they are micro chipped," Mr Wright said.
Jimboomba resident Sue Graham works at the RSPCA Wacol shelter with a focus on grooming abandoned dogs.
Ms Graham said she used her 25 acre property to look after shelter dogs with a capacity to hold up to 27 animals.
She said caring for a pet was a big commitment with responsibilities.
“A lot of people buy dogs and don’t look after them properly,” she said.
“They think their dogs are broken, but they are not. They just need love.”
Ms Graham said RSPCA animals were affordable, microchipped, desexed, heartwormed and groomed.
“If you buy from a pet shop you could pay $2000 for a dog you know nothing about and have all these other expenses on top,” she said.
For more information on the Pop Up Adoption call 3258 5608.