RSPCA remembers helpers who stepped up during 2011 Brisbane flood

Community and staff thanked on natural disaster’s 10-year anniversary.

A decade on from the Brisbane flood, RSPCA Qld has remembered the staff, volunteers and members of the community who came to its aid during the devastating natural disaster.

RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty said floodwaters inundated RSPCA Queensland’s Fairfield shelter, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of animals.

“The water came up so quickly,” Mr Beatty said. 

“I remember going home in the evening and the water wasn’t even near the horse paddocks.

Fairfield RSPCA shelter after Brisbane flood in 2011.

“By three in the morning it had flooded the paddocks and was bearing down on the kennels.

“All of a sudden we had three-hundred-odd animals that had to be evacuated. It was madness.”

After an emergency call-out for foster carers, hundreds came to Fairfield to help with the evacuation and take the animals into foster care. 

“The response from the public was unbelievable and I still talk to people who ended up adopting the animals they fostered,” Mr Beatty said.

Worker helps clean up Fairfield RSPCA shelter after 2011 Brisbane flood.

“Ten years on, we look back at the disaster and thank the community, team members, and ‘Flood Army’ supporters who stepped up for animals in need.”

Mr Beatty said scores of domestic animals and wildlife were rescued and cared for by RSPCA staff and volunteers during the flood and its aftermath. 

“The floods affected our wildlife and domestic pets on a scale of destruction rarely seen, but we continued to be there to provide disaster relief to all creatures great and small,” he said.

“We couldn't have done it alone.”

Some of those who h elped during the Fairfield shelter cleanup following the 2011 Brisbane flood.