STOP PRESS!! - Sausage sizzle on Easter Sunday at the Port Douglas Markets.
Come and support us
1. FROM THE PRESIDENT, Michael Kerr
What’s happening with the new shelter proposal? Read the extracts from the Media Release by the Douglas Shire Council on 22nd March
Minister Lynham has responded to Council’s comprehensive submission provided to the Department on 3 February 2017 with a directive for Council to negotiate with the Australian Conservation Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, North Queensland Conservation Council, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (FNQ branch) and Wilderness Society (Cairns) before any decision is made.
The Queensland Conservation Council has made false assertions to the Department regarding the proposed site for the animal shelter at Yule Point and has urged the Department to “immediately advise Council that the land in question will not be sold for the Paws and Claws Shelter proposal, and will instead be protected as remnant rainforest and cassowary habitat”.
“The Queensland Conservation Council’s claims to the Department that the proposed site ‘has significant conservation values, comprising remnant rainforest that includes essential cassowary habitat’, is clearly false as our submission to the Department details.
“The proposed site only includes vegetation ‘of least concern’ conservation status according to the Department’s own guidelines.
“All of this confusion could have been cleared up months ago if the Department had come and visited the revised site with us in the first place so we can talk through the issues furnished with the facts, not fiction.
“It is also extremely disappointing that these environmental organisations have not bothered to engage with Council with their grievances, which are misinformed, or take into consideration the reality that unless this facility is built at this location, native wildlife will be killed by wild abandoned animals that would otherwise have been cared for at the facility.
“Council is also still awaiting a response from the Department to our submission, a response the Department told Council it would provide within a short period when we sent our submission in early February.”
Confronting number of dog deaths
There were 20 dogs impounded and euthanased in January and February by the Douglas Shire Council, more than the total for the last six months of 2016. Council says the high numbers are due to a number of factors – the closure of Paws and Claws shelter, the holiday period, and no Cairns facility available to take them. Although the figures were high, approximately 50% of animals impounded were reclaimed or rehomed.
New Shop Front Location for Paws and Claws opening soon
PAC has now signed a lease for Shop 1 at 2 Front St Mossman, in the Centenary Building. It will take a few weeks to set up the space, and we hope it will become the focal point for the community to reach out and support Paws and Claws. A dog wash facility will be available, and an opportunity shop for second-hand clothes, books and bric-a-brac. Volunteers and donations are welcome.
2. FUND RAISING UPDATE
Our first bar-b-que for 2017
This will be held on Easter Sunday at the Port Douglas Markets. Come along and buy a sausage, a t-shirt, a raffle ticket, and say hello.
A big ‘thank you’ to Barbados at the Reef Marina
Barbados are providing sponsorship of our Easter Sunday raffle. Tickets are $1 each to win Barbados $50 voucher. Come and visit our stall at the Port Douglas market this Sunday to buy a sausage and a raffle ticket.
Your spare change makes a big difference to us
Look out for the ‘doggy banks’ at local businesses, where you can donate your loose change to Paws and Claws. These are important funding sources for us and we thank the community for your support.
Here's a list of businesses which have money boxes for donations to Paws & Claws: COLES- always a winner! Hopefully will raise enough funds to pay rent on shop! CENTRAL HOTEL - also very popular, comes in 2nd most months MOBIL SERVO - a great help too IGA - great during season PADDY'S BAR RATTLE & HUM BOTTLE SHOPS AT IGA & MACROSSAN STREET PORT SHOE SHOP NATIONAL BANK PORTOBELLO WITH SUGAR
PORT POST OFFICE
3. UPDATE FROM KYLE CORDWELL, Paws and Claws Manager
Our special dog for the month - meet Misty
Cattle X Arab
4 years old
Great with cats, kids and other dogs
Poultry is a no go
A playful fun loving girl who just loves to spend time out and about with you
Health Care for Pets
I have had people asking for help when their pet has fallen ill or been in an accident. I urge everyone with a pet to take out pet health care insurance. There are many schemes to choose from but like all health funds read the fine print. One good scheme is the RSPCA in case your pet falls ill unexpectedly.
There are a number of things you can do to get help if your pet falls ill or is involved in an accident.
Ask your vet for a payment plan
Seek advice from a local refuge or shelter.
Take out health insurance for your pet
Try putting away some money each week
Animal Welfare Cairns offer support for these types of emergencies
Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre offers no interest loans (nils)
Hands on Healing vet practice in Mossman have their Angel Fund.
Please don’t let your beloved pet go without help just because you are too embarrassed to ask for help.
Cyclone Preparation for Pets
Please remember to include your animals in your preparation for a cyclone.
ID your pet
If your pet gets lost, this is their ticket home! Securely fasten ID tags. Check existing tags to make sure they're clear and up to date. Jump online and check that your pets' microchip details are up to date. For horses and other livestock - paint your mobile number as large as possible on their side in livestock grease crayons so you can be reached even if your animal is spotted at a distance.
Bring pets inside
Secure pets indoors as early as possible - they can often sense weather changes before we do. Have a supply of newspapers, towels and garbage bags on hand for easy clean up. Separate cats, dogs and kids where possible, even if they normally get along. Severe weather is stressful and you don't want to risk fighting or injuries.
Make up a pet survival kit
Ensure you have enough water, food, kitty litter and medication if necessary on hand for at least three days. If there is any risk of rising water in your area, ensure they have easy access to an elevated area to jump on to. Ensure you have a generator for fish tanks if required
4. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT FOSTERING A DOG?
Interview with Alison and Digby Gotts on being foster carers with Paws and Claws
What made you decide to become a foster carer for Paws and Claws
When we sold the farm and moved to town, we bought Clare our Rottweiler with us. She really missed the companionship of her doggie playmates at Cape Trib, so we thought we would adopt a second dog from Paws and Claws, and there were some great dogs to choose from. We then realised that as experienced dog owners, we had the skills to provide a bridge to a new life for those dogs that would never be chosen – the ones that were unloveable because they were too wild, depressed, lonely or afraid, and that Clare would be able to help us to rehabilitate them, so that they could become ‘adoptable’.
How many dogs have you fostered – don’t you get too attached?
We have fostered five dogs from Paws and Claws so far, and we currently have Rosie, a cattle dog cross who is about 2 years old. It is sad to say goodbye to a dog, that we have trained and loved, but there are no regrets - we are happy for them to find a new home, because there is always another dog who needs us more.
What has it been like fostering Rosie?
Rosie has come a long way from the frightened and stressed little dog who did not even know her own name, when she arrived, and she has given us some very special memories, such as watching her at the beach for the first time - she just ran and ran with Clare, leaping through the waves, across the sandflats, she was so excited. Clare has been important in building Rosie’s confidence, and Rosie is now walked twice a day, and her tail wags with joy, when the leads are brought out. She has been with us for 6 months, and she is loyal, protective and loveable. We hope to find Rosie a permanent home with a caring older female, who has time to build a relationship with her.
Rosie relaxing into her afternoon nap on the verandah
5. DOG FRIENDLY PLACES IN THE DOUGLAS SHIRE
CHOO CHOOS @ St Crispins Station comes highly recommended by local dog owners, with their dogs welcomed here with doggy bowls of water.
Ruby with Sparkles (on the right) and Natasha Gray (PAC foster carer) and Suki have coffee at Choo Choos on a regular basis.
A vibrant new cafe located at St Crispins Station, Port Douglas. Chill with us lakeside, while taking in a panoramic view over the Sheraton Mirage golf course and out to the majestic mountain ranges.
We take pride in serving honest food made from fine local ingredients, as well as lovingly made Four Mile Roasters coffee created by our talented baristas.
Open bright and early for morning caffeine fixes, with breakfast, lunch and light refreshments available throughout the day.
Old fashioned ice creams in a cone will delight kids of all ages while the historic Bally Hooley train arrives and departs in all her steamy glory!