We have so many gorgeous adult cats and kittens at the moment. Wonderful that none of our cats are on the SCARS 100+ list, as all who were on the list, have since been adopted! YAY:) We still have so many ready to go to homes for Christmas! Take advantage of our SCARS Silly Season which sees adult cats available to adopt for just $49!
We have had a number of cats and kittens rescued from hoarding situations this year. Many of them were in very bad condition, some even requiring eyes to be removed...very sad. We encourage anyone who is in this situation to reach out for help from your local animal welfare organisation - SCARS will do what it can to help.
Many wonderful adopters shared their homes with our cats and kittens this year. Sophia, Roxy and Stirfry come to mind as stand outs who's adoptions created great joy for our cattery volunteers!
Looking for some Christmas gifts and stocking fillers?? Why not pop over to the website online shop. Our new SCARS 2019 Calendars are here!! They are great for a christmas gift at only $15. We have gorgeous Axle, one of our SCARS 100+ on the front cover this year! Thankfully he has found a wonderful home after spending over 300 days waiting at SCARS.
A number of successful fundraisers this year with our 2nd Furball on the Beach kicking the 2018 off in March. Raising $36,000 for animal welfare, we showed the Sunny Coast how to party at sunset on the beach. Many memories made and much fun had. Watch this space as we are about to announce our major 40th Birthday celebration event which will replace the Furball on the Beach in 2019. Furball on the Beach will be back in 2020 though:)
The SCARS & 4 Paws Walk for Awareness was also a roaring success with over 200 people and their dogs turning up to raise awareness of the plight of rescue cats and dogs on the Sunny Coast. Loads of great stalls and nearly $4,000 raised for our rescues.
Santa Paws was a wonderful success again this year with over 70 families bringing their pets out to sit on Santa's lap! We raised around $3,000 on the day too:) A wonderful day and so lovely to see old and new friends and ex SCARS cats and dogs. A massive THANKS to Trudy, our volunteer photographer, who makes the best Santa photos on the Sunny
Coast. We look forward to seeing you all again at the next Santa Paws day in 2019.
Thanks to all of our volunteers who turn up and out for these events, to help keep the wheels turning and ensure the public and their furbabies are well looked after, no matter what the occasion. Getting out into the community is so important to our SCARS cats and dogs in helping to get them adopted and also helping us to get support throughout the year. It never ceases to amaze us how many Sunny Coasters don't even know about their local animal refuge, and when they see us out in public are so excited and grateful for what we do. Want to join in and help us out? Pop to our Want to Volunteer page on the website.
Our "All I want for Christmas" appeal is on now - call up, pop out in donate on line to help make the season a festive one for our cats and dogs too!
And again date claimer Sunday January 20th for our 40th birthday party at SCARS. Put it in your diary:) Keep your eyes peeled for our other SCARS 40th Birthday Celebration events planned for 2019.
The festive season means four things to us at SCARS; fireworks and storms, heat, holidays and hopefully loads of adoptions!
Being a responsible pet owner in the festive season means making sure your animals are safe during storms and fireworks, secure fencing and a safe place inside to shelter, make sure they have lots of water and shade available in the heat too. Use simple ways to keep them cool; don't walk dogs in the heat of the day and use ice in water bowls to help them keep cool. Make sure your beloved pet is looked after if you are going away, book boarding kennels early or look into qualified pet sitters if you have missed out on a place to board them. If you are holidaying at home and having lots of visitors, make sure your pets have some quiet time away from all of the festive cheer! And make sure they are not eating our christmassy treats.
We have so many gorgeous adult cats at the moment. Carissa has been with us since Feb 2016 and would so love a home to go to for Christmas! Many wonderful adopters shared their homes with our cats and kittens this year. Amazon and Lillian come to mind as two who had a rough start with complicated vet procedures and loads of love and cuddles whilst they waited to be ready to be available to rehome!
Our foster program for mother cats and kittens has continued to be a "life saver" literally! Although we are pleased to say that it appears just that little bit quieter on the kitten front this year ...so far anyway. Plans for the cattery in the new future include replacement and repair of the outdoor run area for Run 1 in the cattery and lots more enrichment activities.
Watch this space as we are profiling some of our kitty cats for the 12 strays of Christmas!
Santa Paws was a wonderful success again this year with over 70 families bringing their pets out to sit on Santa's lap!
A wonderful day and so lovely to see old and new friends and ex SCARS cats and dogs. Everyone and their fur babies looked very loved and spoilt. A massive THANKS to Trudy, our volunteer photographer, who makes the best Santa photos on the Sunny Coast. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped on the day to keep things running smoothly and kept our visitors fed and watered. We look forward to seeing you all again at the next Santa Paws day in 2017.
Looking for some Christmas gifts?? Why not pop over to the website online shop. Our new SCARS 2017 Calendars are here!! We have cats as our front cover this year! Great for a christmas gift at only $14.99.
There are lots of ideas for gifts on the website so pop over and check it out. We have bags, water bottles, t-shirts and pens to name a few. Our caps are awesome too! Click here to purchase now!
Reflections from SCARS volunteer visiting the Nursing Homes with Maggie the Silky Terrier and Ziggie the Labrador
What an eventful day.
So many smiling faces
Gnarled hands reaching out to pat the soft hair of our two visiting dogs
Some residents recognised our “Maggie” and called to her
After patting our beautiful Ziggie one gentleman was encouraged to tell us (via his communication board) of his many fishing adventures, a far cry from the quiet reticent man the staff sees each day
The memory loss residents really take part in ball throwing up and down the corridors which Maggie loves and just talking to the dogs.
We move from area to area connecting with each resident and offering a pat and cuddles with our lovely dogs. Even one lady lying in a bed that we had been told would not respond, spotted our dogs and immediately sat up to pat them and to chat with us
We look forward to visiting the two Residential Care Units each month and we hope the residents have some of the happy memories we have shared. Certainly when we talk to some of them they talk about loving memories of dogs in their lives
Maggie and Ziggie go home with tails wagging having done a great job of licking, sitting for treats and being hugged and patted- what a hard life they have!! And we the volunteers head home with a smile and a glow in our hearts.
A great month of adoptions for dogs so far, with the long termers Hector, Hayley , Sandy and Apache finding homes. Hayley went off to live in a “share house “ situation. This is what Hayley does best, help be a companion for these guys. Sadly Hayley’s last “share home” situation was sold up and the residents moved to different places, this then meant Hayley had to come and live in the refuge, so we now have one very happy girl! And early reports suggest she is ‘lapping’ up all the attention. A great end of year story.
The puppies have finally been finding homes and we only have one left which is great news!
Lot’s of lovely donations coming in for the dogs for Christmas which is brilliant and all of our dogs on the SCARS wishing tree have pressies under the tree waiting for Christmas morning.