Hannah Colley is a foster carer for Capricorn Animal Aid and also advocates for people to be responsible pet owners picture here with her dog
Hannah Colley is a foster carer for Capricorn Animal Aid and also advocates for people to be responsible pet owners picture here with her dog "Diesel". Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Yeppoon group looks out for community’s strays

CONCERNED Yeppoon animal owners have formed a group Friends of BARPO (Be a responsible Pet Owner) and are aiming to tackle problems with strays.

Spokesperson for the new group Wendy Tomkins said with the de-amalgamation and hopefully a new council with new and fresh ideas, it was a great opportunity to get something happening.

"Our long-term aim is to improve the pound conditions, implement education programs in the local schools and bring down the euthanasia rate here in Yeppoon," Ms Tomkins said.

"We will be working with both Capricorn Animal Aid and RSPCA but as they are based in Rockhampton and their resources are already stretched we have identified the need for a similar organisation based on the coast which is entirely independent. At this stage we will be dealing solely with dogs and cats in our newly formed boundaries," she said.

Ms Tomkins said once the BARPO Animal Shelter in Yeppoon is reopened, Friends of BARPO hoped to set up a carers' network to help out with the overflow and as such bring down euthanasia rates.

"We are looking for people to become involved in any small way they can. We need committee members, carers (which can be from one night emergency accommodation to several months, depending on circumstances) fundraisers and anyone who can help get the word out for us," she said.

If you can help, contact Wendy Tomkins on 0407077430 or email wendytomkins@hotmail.com