Adopt and make a difference

Help make it a merry Christmas for the Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) fur-kids by donating supplies to participating RACQ branches.

Your donation will make a world of difference to the hundreds of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies that find a new start each month through the AWLQ’s four rehoming sites.

Better still, adopt a pet during Project Empty Shelter at AWLQ’s Gold Coast, Beenleigh, South West Brisbane and Bracken Ridge shelters on December 10 and 11. With reduced prices for dogs and cats, it’s hoped to find homes for more than 200 animals over two days.

RACQ is working with AWLQ to support better outcomes for pets and their families by offering three months’ free pet insurance to eligible cats and dogs adopted through one of their rehoming sites, or treated at one of the two community vet clinics.

Simply visit an AWLQ rehoming site, then phone RACQ on 1800 177 907 to talk to an RACQ consultant who can help you to take out RACQ pet insurance.

AWLQ has been protecting and defending disadvantaged animals on the Gold Coast since 1959 and strives to give every animal in need a second chance. It has a zero-euthanasia policy for healthy animals and supports animals in emergency situations, while also providing veterinary care through its on-site vets.

In the past, giving pets as gifts at Christmas has been discouraged but, according to AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

“Receiving a pet for Christmas is the greatest gift of all – for both the human and the animal,” Ms Bradley said.

“Traditionally we have been taught that purchasing a pet at Christmas time is bad thing, but research from both here and overseas has proven that the pets-as-presents ‘problem’ is actually a bit of a myth.

“Yes, our shelters are at capacity right now and it is likely to get worse after Christmas, but the reasons for that are not as simple as an influx of unwanted Christmas presents.

“It is a combination of many different factors that occur this time of year, such as breeding season, thunderstorms, fireworks and owners taking holidays, which lead to an increase in stray and abandoned animals.”

If you can’t adopt, there are plenty of other ways to support the AWLQ’s work as donations and volunteers play an essential role. The AWLQ team has finished writing its Donation Wish List to Santa, which includes:


  • buckle collars
  • kongs, puzzle toys and kong wobblers
  • general dog toys
  • KraMar food bowls 1.75L and 2.8L
  • sheets and towels
  • clam shell wading pools
  • dog treats (e.g. pig ears)
  • head halti
  • Infinity head halti


  • Large KraMar litter pan
  • Purina Pet Ant-free food bowls
  • sheets, towels and blankets
  • scratching posts and toys
  • igloo beds

RACQ members can donate to the AWLQ at participating branches in South East Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast until December 20, 2016.

Insurance products issued by RACQ Insurance Limited, ABN 50 009 704 152. Conditions, limits and exclusions apply. Please read the Product Disclosure Statement before making a decision on this product, contact us for a copy. Offer open to persons who adopt or rehome an eligible pet from Animal Welfare League Queensland Inc. (AWLQ), or have an eligible per treated at an AWLQ clinic. Eligible pets are a cat or dog between the age of eight weeks and nine years of age. Offer available for new policies only and can only be used once for each eligible pet. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Optional benefits are excluded during the three month free period. Unless cancelled, we will renew your policy at the end of the free period subject to payment of the policy premium. Applicants for insurance are subject to normal underwriting criteria.