FOR the first time ever, Kingaroy RSPCA is holding a 12 Strays of Christmas-themed sale to combat the influx of animals to the shelter.

The shelter took in 170 animals in November, and another 85 so far this month.

Even with a large number of animals being transferred to other areas, there are still 138 dogs and cats in need of new homes.

Shelter manager Sally Charles said the number of kittens brought in during the past two months had been "phenomenal".

"It's breeding season, so it's traditionally a busy time for us," Ms Charles said.

"So if you are thinking of getting a pet for Christmas we have lots to choose from."

She said people not de-sexing their cats was a major issue for the South Burnett.

There has also been a spike in the number of dogs in care since the storms.

"You can imagine dogs get scared during storms with loud claps of thunder, especially when dogs are left at home without any humans to comfort them," she said.

If you are thinking of buying a pet as a gift there are gift vouchers available to cover the cost of adoption so people can choose their own. Pick up Tuesday's South Burnett Times for the next six pets in the 12 Strays of Christmas series.

Phone Kingaroy RSPCA on 4162  5501 to arrange a time to meet any of the pets shown here, or any of the 138 dogs and cats in care.

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