Pet owners urged to register with RSPCA Home Alone service

Holidays see rise in unnecessary reports of “abandoned” animals.

Pet owners urged to register with RSPCA Home Alone service

Holidays see rise in unnecessary reports of “abandoned” animals.

RSPCA has urged Queenslanders leaving their pets at home in the care of others over the holidays to register with its Home Alone service.

Every year hundreds of animals are reported to RSPCA as being abandoned during school holidays when many are actually being cared for by other family members or friends.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said the Home Alone service was set up to ease the burden on already overworked inspectors who were being called to investigate possible cases of neglect and cruelty during holiday periods.

“Many people leave pets at home and rely on the goodwill of neighbours and friends to keep them fed, watered and exercised,” Mr Beatty said.

“The problem is that the animals’ owners often neglect to notify neighbours and these neighbours report the matter to us.

“I would urge anyone who leaves their pets in the care of family or friends to register with our Home Alone service.”

Mr Beatty said people could use Home Alone to register their pets on the RSPCA website and leave the name and contact details of the people taking care of the animal.

“That way we know whom to contact in case of emergencies,” he said.

“The problem is that often these friends forget or the animal escapes and we have no one to contact in case of emergencies.”

RSPCA Queensland investigates more than 19,000 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect annually and reports of abandoned animals make up a large number of these. 

Mr Beatty said during holidays these types of calls escalated with families leaving pets behind in the care of friends and neighbours.

“The good intentions of neighbours looking out for the welfare of your pet can often lead to unneeded investigation,” he said.

“Simply by completing your details on Home Alone when your family is going on holidays you can be reassured that RSPCA inspectors will contact you or your animals’ nominated caregiver if a complaint is lodged or the animal ends up at an RSPCA shelter.”

Register your details by either calling the call centre on 3426 9999 or going to the website.

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