Furry friends given second chance at life

Freemasons Queensland have donated $60,000 to help RSPCA Wacol. Chief veterinarian Anne Chester and Past assistant grand master Alan Townson.
Freemasons Queensland have donated $60,000 to help RSPCA Wacol. Chief veterinarian Anne Chester and Past assistant grand master Alan Townson. Inga Williams

THE RSPCA has been able to replace lifesaving veterinary equipment thanks to a $60,000 grant from Freemasons Queensland.

The donation by the Grand Master's Flood and Cyclone Appeal has enabled the RSPCA to purchase exam tables, scales, surgery lights, IV kits and recovery units for their new facility at Wacol.

Local Freemasons spokesman Alan Townson said the flood appeal had raised $1 million for 30 community groups across the state.

"We particularly wanted to lend a hand to community groups such as the RSPCA that couldn't access assistance through the Premier's flood appeal," he said.

"RSPCA Queensland saved the lives of thousands of animals during the floods and Cyclone Yasi, so it made sense for us to show the same kind of support in their time of need."

RSPCA Queensland executive manager Michael Hornby said the donation from the Queensland Freemasons meant a much brighter future for thousands of injured, abandoned and sick animals.

"The equipment and supplies we lost at our Fairfield facility had been collected and donated over many years," he said.

During last year's floods, hundreds of creatures great and small had to be evacuated as almost three metres of water consumed the building, which first became RSPCA's state headquarters in 1963.

"The damage to the building plus 350 cubic metres of flooded equipment and supplies left us with a total repair bill in excess of $1 million," Mr Hornby said.

The new vet equipment will be put to good use at the new $23 million headquarters at Wacol, which is the largest animal welfare facility in the southern hemisphere.

"Our Animal Care Campus has been a vision for almost 12 years," Mr Hornby said.

"It replaced our Fairfield shelter and is the largest animal welfare facility in the southern hemisphere.

"Around 50,000 animals will pass through the facility and without the generosity of the Queensland Freemasons many of these would have missed out on a second chance at life."

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