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RSPCA puts out call for volunteers

Sally Carroll is one of very few and in demand volunteers that work the phones at the RSPCA Wacol. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Sally Carroll is one of very few and in demand volunteers that work the phones at the RSPCA Wacol. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

VOLUNTEERS are being desperately sought to help with an onslaught of calls and the escalating demand for RSPCA assistance.

The Wacol call centre now answers more than 300,000 calls a year and up to 1000 calls a day.

Volunteer Sally Carroll reported more calls due to hot weather conditions and holiday distraction.

"Dogs are being left in cars and it seems everyone is still in holiday mode and their pets are not a number one priority at the moment," she said.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said call centre operators were needed to help animals find homes, reunite lost animals with families and dispatch ambulances to injured animals.

He said the job was worthwhile but it wasn't easy.

"There's no point in painting a rose tinted picture of the job," he said.

"It can be very demanding. But the rewards are enormous - especially if you want to help animals."

Recent reports lodged with the organisation paint a disturbing picture for animal welfare.

They show a sharp increase in reports last month with nearly double the numbers of animals being reported as abandoned compared to November.

RSPCA Queensland chief inspector Daniel Young said the figures were a major cause for concern.

"However they also show an increasing awareness within the community about the welfare of animals," he said.

For more information about becoming a volunteer phone 3426 9915.

Training is provided.

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