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14 July, 2022

Challenge set to raise $15,000 for animal refuge

IN an ambitious plan, the Mareeba Animal Refuge is challenging itself to raise $15,000 before November to keep their essential service going within the region.


Fantasy Tails owner Zac Kroonenburg and Animal Refuge’s Felicity Pollard with resident cats Wanda and Pippi ready for their adoption event this weekend.
Fantasy Tails owner Zac Kroonenburg and Animal Refuge’s Felicity Pollard with resident cats Wanda and Pippi ready for their adoption event this weekend.

The not-for-profit organisation has been rescuing and caring for cats and dogs of all shapes, sizes, and medical conditions over many years to ensure they are successfully rehomed as soon as possible. 

To ensure they can continue to rehome their animals, the refuge relies on donations to pay for medical treatments such as desexing, microchipping, food and bedding. 

With November being their birthday month, they are hoping to hit their fundraising goal before their official celebrations kick off and are calling on the community for help. 

“Every donation goes towards the animals’ basic needs, and we have had quite a few medical expenses at the moment with injured or sick residents needing ongoing care,” 

Animal Refuge spokesperson Felicity Pollard said. “All donations that go into our bank account over $2 are tax deductable and goes towards all those ongoing expenses.” 

All donations to the Mareeba Animal Refuge can be made via bank transfer to account Friends of the Animals, BSB 633-000 and account number 113217335.

 “For the description, we're asking people to mention Happy Birthday or 15 years – anything along those lines,” Felicity said. 

Along with this campaign, the refuge hopes to lower their influx of cats and kittens with an adoption day next weekend at Fantasy Tails pet store in Mareeba. 

As part of their new partnership with store owner Zac Kroonenburg, the Animal Refuge will have several different types of cats available on Saturday 16 July. 

“Just last month, we had 30 cats come in and it’s just been non-stop phone calls for a surrender request and the council bringing in impounds,” Felicity said. 

“We need to find homes and clear the cattery out so we are all able to breathe. 

“We have had some very kind donations from our supporters for the day so we will be having special deals on the kitty’s adoption fees.” 

The event will take place at Fantasy Tails this Saturday 16 July from 9am until 1pm, with many cats on offer.

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