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Qlders spending up bigger on pets for Xmas

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Queenslanders are increasingly including their pets in their Christmas plans, from buying them gifts to organising their own holiday getaways.

A survey by RACQ has found 52 per cent of people bought presents for their pets, spending an average of $60.

In addition, RACQ's Lauren Ritchie says many people are choosing to send their fur-kids to "pet motels" to the tune of $40 a night on average.

"That can include comforts such as large acreage to play on, music piped through to the rooms, premium food brands and daily online photo diaries for owners to check-in and see how their pet is enjoying themselves," she said.

"It really shows the lovely relationship that Queenslanders have with their animals.

"We do love our animals and we do really care for them at Christmas time."

Meantime, the RSPCA is hoping more people show their love for animals this holiday season, with the animal welfare body's shelters currently at capacity.

"If you're home for the holidays it's a great time to choose to adopt so you can bond with a new pet and settle them into a daily routine," said RSPCA spokeswoman Emma Lagoon.

"But it should be a joint decision, not an impulse gift for an unsuspecting relative."

More than 1500 pets were surrendered to the RSPCA last summer, with the most common reason given being "unwanted".

"The RSPCA should be a haven for pets in need, not for those with owners lacking forethought," said Ms Lagoon.

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