Australian Welfare League Queensland promises to never euthanise a treatablecompanion animal

AWLQ needs urgent donations to help keep its promise to never euthanise asociable, healthy or treatable companion animal, regardless of its age.

Since July 2016, AWLQ has successfully achieved zero euthanasia of anyhealthy, sociable, and treatable animal at its Gold Coast Animal RehomingCentres. This achievement comes at a cost, as treatable programs are expensiveand can involve a protracted term in care for animals.

Through working with its national Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) program, AWLQ isextremely proud to have also not euthanised any healthy animal from the GoldCoast since 2009.

AWLQ’s ultimate goal has been to extend its G2Z achievement to includetreatable animals, which involves caring for any animal with a treatablecondition (medical or behavioural) that is manageable or rehabilitatable. Somediseases include Canine Parvovirus (Parvo) and Ringworm plus treating animalswith genetic birth defects and critically injured animals.

AWLQ CEO, Denise Bradley, commented that the organisation is determined tocontinue its promise to save sociable, healthy or treatable companion animals.

Animals in AWLQ’s care often require on-going treatment at our veterinaryclinics and quarantine rooms and we also seek specialist care when necessary.Using vital donations, our expert veterinary team will administer treatmentrequired to ensure that innocent and vulnerable animals receive the lifesavingprocedures and care they deserve to survive.

“It is only through the generous support of the public that we have been ableto maintain our important promise of never euthanising a treatable companionanimal at our Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centres since July 2016 and at ourBrisbane Animal Rehoming Centres since April 2017. We are exceptionally proudto have upheld this promise, which can come at an exorbitant expense to theorganisation,” Ms Bradley continued.

Examples of AWLQ’s veterinary expenses plus care and treatment costs include:

Canine Parvovirus (Parvo): requires initial hospitalisation and treatment inan intensive care unit costing $1,100. A subsequent two-week after-care onsiterehabilitation cost is $1, 050. The total average cost per patient is $2,150.

Urinary and kidney conditions: cats are particularly susceptible to conditionsthat affect their urinary tract and kidney health. Serious conditions canrequire medical or even sometimes surgical intervention. Fortunately, many ofthese conditions can be managed with specialist veterinary foods and ongoingblood testing. The average cost per animal is $750- 1,500.

Critically injured animals: many dogs and cats come into AWLQ needingimmediate veterinary attention for serious and life-threatening injuries –including fractured legs requiring specialist repair or amputation if theinjury is too severe. Animals with extensive wounds require surgery andintensive care hospitalisation while they recover. These animals can requirecare for months while they recover and rehabilitate. The average cost of careand treatment per animal is $1,000-3,000.

Genetic birth defects: some animals are born with impaired organ function, orbones and joints that haven’t formed correctly. Some of these animals canstill have a good quality of life through surgery or medication andmanagement. AWLQ consults with specialists to ensure the needs of theseanimals are met. Animals remain in care for weeks or months until AWLQ is suretheir management plan is working. The average cost per animal is $750-$,4000.

AWLQ upholds that all cats and dogs are equally deserving of its utmostefforts to preserve and enhance their lives. This includes stray and unownedanimals, cross-breeds, boisterous and untrained adolescent dogs, timid cats –the sick, young and old – and those lacking the ‘cute’ factor. Only animalsthat are irremediably suffering, or with behavioural problems that have a poorprognosis for rehabilitation are euthanised.

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