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Social media saving the lives of abandoned animals on death row

Six months into the creation of the social media page, 421 cats were impounded and 391 were rescued, while 377 dogs were impounded and 186 were saved.

RACHEL McGHEE: ‘Two Queensland women are helping to change the fate of hundreds of unwanted and abandoned animals across the state through their unique use of social media. Loz Batley and Brooke Lacey, from Rockhampton, are the coordinators of a social media group that links animal rescue agencies across Australia to local animal foster carers. The local foster carers provide short-term care, before an animal is transferred to a longer term carer — who sometimes is in another region or state — and then a permanent adoption can be facilitated… The Rockhampton Regional Council pound works directly with about 20 animal welfare agencies across the country to achieve this…

The pair created a Facebook group that operates as a network to help the agencies coordinate their rescues for the week and share the load. “We get the rehoming list twice a week [from the pound] … and we publish it in this group where all the other rescues can have a look if they want to help out,” Ms Batley said. “We will say, ‘Look, we’ve got temporary care up here for a week, two weeks, three weeks, which gives the rescues down south a lot more time to find [permanent] carers… Six months into the creation of the social media page, 421 cats were impounded and 391 were rescued, while 377 dogs were impounded and 186 were saved. Rockhampton Regional Council’s most recent figures over the June quarter show on average, 88 per cent of animals are either returned to their owners or rehomed’. SOURCE…

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