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More than 3000 Queenslanders answer RSPCA call for foster carers

More than 3000 Queenslanders answer RSPCA call for foster carers

After learning the RSPCA could be forced into a potential coronavirus closure, thousands of Queenslanders have opened their homes to furry friends in a time of need.

Annerley mum Jen Parsons, 44, signed up to be a foster carer when she started working from home because of coronavirus and brought home Stella the kelpie a few days later.

“She’s a lovely dog, she has fit in really well,” Mrs Parsons said.

Jen Parsons with daughter Hannah and Stella the kelpie.

“I fostered many years ago before I had kids, but we were never home before.

“Now I’m working from home it seemed like a no-brainer.”

RSPCA Queensland is reviewing the thousands of applications trying to match people to animals, as it prepares for the “very real possibility” its centres may be forced to temporarily close.

Spokesman Michael Beatty said an RSPCA shutdown would mean care centres could not accept animals, although it was likely operations such as animal ambulances would continue.