We have all been glued to our tvs watching the shocking footage of the flooding affecting my home state, Queensland. It is currently estimated that 75% of the state is a disaster area. With a land mass of 1,852,642 km2 or 715,309 sq mi and a population of over 4.5 million humans, that's a lot of land and a lot of people affected. Alongside the people, there are a heck of a lot of animals in need. Though we were thankful to hear last night that the Brisbane Showground was now allowing evacuated residents to bring cats in cages and dogs on leads, there are still a lot of animals (domestic, agricultural and wildlife)who were left behind. Shelters are also affected, with the RSPCA's Dakabin, Toowoomba, Fairfield and Gympie shelters closed. We were heartened to see the number of people who responded to the Fairfield shelter's SOS and turned up to help evacuate animals when it began to flood. One lady in particular touched our hearts when after turning up to foster a dog, ended up taking home a rooster because that was what was needed. They ended up turning people away, the response was so great. If anyone is able to support the shelters through purr, prayer, practical or financial assistance, it is greatly needed at this time. The QLD Animal Welfare League and The QLD RSPCA are helping to coordinate a lot of the rescue efforts.
We are sending our biggest, driest, rumbliest most loving purrs to all our friends and family in Queensland. We love you. Stay safe.