RSPCA open doors at Wacol

AFTER almost 90 years, RSPCA Queensland's Fairfield Shelter closed its doors and reopened at Wacol yesterday.

While it's the end of an era for the animal welfare organisation, spokesman Michael Beatty said the new Animal Care Campus would revolutionise animal welfare services in Queensland.

He said the new facility on Wacol Station Road included many improvements including a 70% increase in capacity in the vet surgery.

"This gives us a significant increase in capability for the number of animals RSPCA can treat at any one time," Mr Beatty said.

"As this is such a massive step toward our future, we wanted to make it a special journey for our animals, and also those key supporters who have made the Animal Care Campus possible."

To commemorate the move, about 30 animals, who are still looking for homes for Christmas, took a ride on Queensland Rail's heritage train from Fairfield to their new home on the weekend.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk assisted with leading the animals onto the Paws Express train before journeying to Wacol with the animals and special guests.

Ms Bligh said the Paws Express was a fantastic idea.

"It's wonderful that Queensland Rail is able to support one of its top charity partners by putting on the 'Paws Express' and helping RSPCA move animals of all sizes to their new home," she said.

"Seeing dogs, cats, mice, birds and even a goat line up to board a train is certainly not something you see everyday, but I'm proud we were able to transport the animals in a memorable way and help bring to light the fantastic work the RSPCA does."

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