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Pet adoption action to cease for a month due to vet bill

CARING for the forgotten comes at a cost as Capricorn Animal Aid (CAA) announces they are unable to take on any more animals due to financial struggles.

The Rockhampton-based charity expects to be out of adoption action for at least one month after what organisation president Katina Kilpatrick called a "hefty" vet bill for August.

CAA provides veterinary care, shelter and food to unwanted, stray and neglected animals.

The organisation is also one of the only providers of adoption services for strays and impounded animals in Rockhampton.

Ms Kilpatrick said their costs seemed to be increasing each year.

"We have had to drop back basically and focus on the animals that are in care," she said.

"We really can't afford to take on any more animals at the moment. We are not government funded and we just need to be clever in our decisions and realise we can't save every animal."

The organisation ran into similar problems in June this year.

Ms Kilpatrick said raising the cost of adoption fees may have to be an option.

"We do need to make those adoption fees as low as possible, we don't want to put those up but it may have to go up in the future," she said.

"Our fees don't cover the cost of the treatment for the animals...by the time we charge our adoption fee there is a gap we close with our donation money."

The suspension of services comes in the same week as RSPCA Queensland CEO Mark Townend's condemnation of Rockhampton Regional Council for not hosting an in-house adoption program.

Mr Townend was critical of the council's practices, and raised concerns over their reliance on CAA for adoption processes, stating the charity could be "overloaded".

Ms Kilpatrick said she was willing to talk with councillors to discuss the in-house possibility.

"An in-house program would be excellent and I am very happy to talk to council," she said.

"It is important to have that relationship to move forward...we have some ideas and a lot of people have been researching ways other councils have handled in-house adoption so we can definitely lend a hand to help facilitate that."

But Rockhampton councillor Ellen Smith said the current facilities were not suitable.

"Council enjoys a strong working partnership with both Cap Animal Aid and the RSPCA and they do a mighty job," she said.

"We appreciate they're doing it tough at the moment and we will discuss ways to help them out.

"We have considered an in-house re-homing program in the past but our current pound facility really doesn't lend itself to that very well."

Mayor Margaret Strelow said a new pound site was a high priority for the council.

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