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Autumn 2020
This newsletter is produced by volunteers. 4 Paws is a non-profit organisation providing refuge for homeless dogs and cats on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
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How to follow self-isolation rules to the LETTER!
Monty is a competitive Scrabble player and a 4 Paws Permanent Resident fostered by Debbie and Mark Voisey on the Sunshine Coast.

A special care package from 4 Paws 

It's pretty stressful being a human right now. 

But our adorable rescue pets seemed to have adapted remarkably well - you could say they're thriving chilling out at home with the pack and providing emotional support to their humans. So we're doing a slightly different newsletter than usual. In this edition, our 4 Paws pets are giving back to YOU to thank you for your wonderful support.

Our 4 Paws team is based on the Sunshine Coast as well as other parts of Australia. Once you join the 4 Paws team you can never leave - even if you move interstate! As 4 Paws President Julie Penlington jokes: 'You can run but you can't hide...'

So we are sharing some photos of 4 Paws pets from our team of volunteers Australia-wide to brighten your day. If you have photos of your 4 Paws pets doing cute things during lockdown, please add them to our 4 Paws Facebook page. We will be posting more photos of 4 Paws pets to Facebook in the coming months to lift everyone's spirits. If you need even more inspiration, see how art lovers with pets have responded to the Getty Museum's challenge for people self isolating. A little silliness can be a wonderful tonic at a time like this.

We also need more foster carers at this time. Please scroll through the newsletter for more details.

For the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, our animal welfare awareness and fundraising activities, such as our Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and Kawana Stall, have been suspended. While this is a tough time for charity organisations like ours, we have been touched by unexpected kindness. 4 Paws was thrilled to receive a $500 gift card from Bunnings because we will not be able to hold our fundraising Sizzles there until the current health crisis passes.

We hope you and your family stay well and enjoy the gorgeous photos of our 4 Paws family. 

Helen Lester

Better to be safe... even if it means pinching one of Mum's old masks...

Nellie the Chihuahua is a 4 Paws Permanent Resident fostered by Nicklin Way Vet Hospital Manager Keira Potter.

Disclaimer: No face masks were wasted in the taking of this photo.

Self isolating in a laundry basket really, really sucks...

Levin, a 4 Paws rescue cat, was adopted by 4 Paws Treasurer Diane Gowans and her husband Stuart and currently lives in Sydney.

Adopt Me!

Is staying at home getting you down? Take the opportunity to get out in the garden with Pearl!

Pearl: 10 yrs, Chihuahua X Mini Foxie, female
Pearl is a very sweet girl and loves being part of a family. She needs a calm, consistent home without small children. She's very active and enjoys a daily walk which is a new experience for her. Pearl is enjoying life with her foster carer Marilyn Dempster on the Sunshine Coast, but need a forever home.
Adoption fee: $495
To learn more about adopting a 4 Paws pet please click here. If you want to adopt Pearl, please fill out an adoption application form.

Foster carers needed... Can you help?

Do you adore animals and want to make a difference? Do you have extra love to give? We urgently need more foster carers at this current time so we can continue to provide refuge to homeless and surrendered dogs and cats. Fostering can be a short-term or long-term commitment. But we're sure once you've tried it you'll be hooked. Foster carers provide temporary care and shelter for pets in their own home until a permanent home can be found for them. You can learn more about becoming a 4 Paws foster carer by clicking here or going to our website. To become a foster carer you will also need to fill out a foster carer application form and one of our team will contact you.

The welfare and safety of the animals in our care is our priority. We make careful checks to ensure pets are going to homes suitable for their particular needs. Usually a 4 Paws team member comes to your home to check on fencing and other details. But in this current time of lockdown due to COVID-19, our team of volunteers will work with you to gather the information via FaceTime or a video link.

Please think about joining our wonderful team of volunteers making a difference to the lives of homeless animals on the Sunshine Coast. 
To support the work of 4 Paws, click on the red Donate button below
to take you to our 4 Paws donation page. 
Use your time at home time creatively. Think big and go for it!
Former 4 Paws rescue hound Huck Finn sets his sights on mastering the Double Bass while in lockdown. Huck lives in Melbourne with 4 Paws Newsletter Editor Helen Lester and 4 Paws rescue 'brother' Stuart Little.
No Dad, THIS is how you do downward dog!
Macie is a yoga guru and Permanent Resident being fostered on the Sunshine Coast by former 4 Paws Secretaries Cass Casaulbon and Dan Clark.
When you're at a loose end, terrorise your Teddy... Grrr Grrr!

Gorgeous Permanent Resident Gavenny is fostered on the Sunshine Coast by Karyn Cook.
Dad and Spike working from home... doesn't get much better!

Spike is an adorable Permanent Resident fostered on the Sunshine Coast by 4 Paws Secretary Kate Buckley and her husband Marc.
Mum said I'd get square eyes if I kept watching so much TV - and she was right!!
Mickey is a former 4 Paws rescue dog who currently enjoys self isolating with his family and living a pampered life on the Sunshine Coast. This much-loved pooch was adopted by his 4 Paws foster carers Barbara and Hiroshi Konishi.
Now's the perfect time to embrace a new challenge!
Stuart Little (Stuey) is a former 4 Paws pet living in Melbourne with his 'brother' Huck and 4 Paws Newsletter Editor Helen Lester.

Check out our adoption pages!

Animals as well as humans need extra support in tough times. 4 Paws has gorgeous dogs and cats in need of forever homes that will make excellent, loving companions. To read more about the 4 Paws  adoption process, go to our website or click here and navigate to the pages for cat and dog adoptions. To adopt a pet, you will need to complete an adoption application. This helps us ensure that you and the pet you have chosen are a good match. 

Our volunteers and supporters rock!

4 Paws exists to give homeless dogs and cats a second chance at life with a loving family. We are a fully volunteer-run organisation and could not do what we do without the dedication and commitment of our fabulous foster carers, stall and sausage sizzle workers, cattery and Carmichael House helpers, and other wonderful volunteers. Our generous donors and sponsors provide vital funds for vet care for animals that come into our care. And we are forever grateful of the support of Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery and Sunshine Coast Council, helping us in our very worthwhile work with rescue animals.
- Julie Penlington, 4 Paws President
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