Purr-fect time for dogs, cats

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, BY MARIANNA PAPADAKIS, 22 Nov, 2009 
BUSINESS is booming at Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, with two new councils opting to take up its services and another two considering the venture. Hornsby Council voted to approve a tender with the Carlton pound at a meeting last week after Willoughby Council took up its services in July.

 The home was preferred over NSW Animal Rescue and Kempsey Park Partnership, which do not provide pound services.

 Both councils will use temporary holding facilities at veterinary surgeries or council depots in their areas before transferring animals to Carlton.

Animals without identification and dangerous or feral animals will be destroyed.

 The pound now services 15 councils in Sydney.

 Sydney City Council signed an agreement for pound services with Sutherland Shire Council’s Taren Point animal shelter in July.

 Sydney Dogs and Cats Home general manager Christine Baramilis said their services were also under consideration by Warringah and Kur-in-gai councils.

 Ms Baramilis said that over the past year they had prepared for expansion, updating the computer system and employing a veterinarian.

 The service’s re-housing rate is about 90 percent for dogs and 65 percent for cats.

 “We are vaccinating animals upon admission for disease prevention and we aim to re-home as many as we can,” Ms Baramilis said.

 The pound has increased animal viewing hours until 4pm, Monday to Friday, and 1pm on weekends.

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One response to “Purr-fect time for dogs, cats

  1. S. Edwards

    Sorry, I am a little confused. Now let’s see, they were servicing 9 Sydney Councils – Kogarah, Rockdale, Hurstville, Botany Bay, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Waverley, Woollahra and Centennial Parklands Authority (which really isn’t a Council is it?) and then Willoughby opted to use their services (oh gosh one would hate to think that that’s because one of the Management Committee for Sydney Dogs & Cats Home is a Willoughby Councillor – unthinkable, that just wouldn’t be the case!) so that makes 10. And now Hornsby Council has decided to use their services – that makes 11. Hmmm, how do we get 15? Obviously someone can’t add up or perhaps someone exaggerated.

    All that aside, one has to wonder about a statement in this article that presumably was made by the management “Animals without identification and dangerous or feral animals will be destroyed.” Oh dear those poor animals whose fate it will be to find themselves in this facility.

    And just by the way, perhaps there could be a follow up article providng some proof of the claimed 65% of rehoming of cats, but think there’s buckleys of that.

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