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Nothin’ but a pound dog, but now with a great future

SMH; Jan 31 2011; Kelsey Munroe

A PRIVATELY owned animal pound in Sydney is to become the first in the state to promise not to put any animals down, and to find homes for every healthy pet that comes through its doors. READ MORE HERE

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Shelter aims to keep all animals alive

SMH; Amy Sinclair; Dec 5, 2010

Safe hands ... a Jack Russell terrier is bathed at the Carlton home.

ONE of Sydney’s biggest animal shelters is hoping to stop putting down unwanted pets – a plan that could save the lives of thousands of animals. READ MORE HERE

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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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Debate over feral cats

Hornsby Advocate, Julie Huffer, November 18, 2009

A local vet has warned native animals will be more at risk from feral cats after Hornsby Council’s decision to award its companion animal pound service to an operator in Carlton.

Last week councillors gave Sydney Dogs and Cats Home the green light to provide services to the shire for a trial period of six months.

But Dr Chris Meany, who ran the council’s companion animal service from Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital for 12 years, said the new arrangments would be uneconomical and would deter people from capturing feral cats.

“They are not going to want to trap them and take them all the way to Carlton,” he said. “The number of feral cats in the community is likely to increase.”

However, a Hornsby Council representative said the policy adopted on November 11 would not place native wildlife at risk.

Vets will be able to dispense with feral cats without holding them for the standard seven days. And residents who have trapped a cat which is causing damage to property or native wildlife can contact council to arrange collection.

The council spokesman said Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital did not apply to continue the service when expressions of interest were called.

“Given that no submissions were received from organisations or operators in Hornsby Shire, of the three submissions received, council has determined that Sydney Dogs and Cats Home will provide the best service to meet its needs. “

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Hornsby feral and stray pets face instant death

Hornsby Advocate, Julie Huffer, 11 November 2009

CATS and dogs that stray within Hornsby Shire will no longer be housed locally, but taken to a pound at Carlton under a plan recommended by council officers.

Under the suggested procedures, animals without identification, subject to multiple offences or seized after an attack will be transported to the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home near Kogarah.

The news comes after feral cats and wandering pet cats featured in a series of Advocate reports in July.

The stories were sparked by a letter from a Hornsby Heights resident to their neighbours, threatening to trap and kill cats that were found on the letter writer’s property.

Under the plan presented to the council meeting last night, cats identified by vets as feral would be destroyed without the usual requirement of impounding them for seven days.

The recommendations are in a report to council on the outcome of expressions of interest for a companion animal pound.

Council has for many years used Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital as its impounding facility, but the service did not tender when expressions of interest were called in August for a pound, approved holding facility and pick-up and delivery service.

Responses were received from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, NSW Animal Rescue and Kempsey Park Partnership and council officers have recommended a three-month trial of the Cats and Dogs Home.

The report, by executive manager of environment Robert Stephens, recommends, wherever possible, taking advantage of opportunities for animals to be held at a local vet for a short time while waiting to be returned home by an officer or picked up by an agent.

And a number of local vets have indicated their are willing to take part in this scheme.

The report states feral cats are a continuing problem in Hornsby Shire and are extremely difficult to house and handle.

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Fury as pounds opt to kill pets

Justin Vallejo, Urban Affairs reporter, Daily Telegraph, January 14 2009

 TANGO was too aggressive. Alice too old. Coco too sick and Bosco too psycho. AII and hundreds more are now dead.

 The high number of deaths at one of the city’s biggest pounds has sparked a major campaign by animal welfare and rescue groups to end the bloodletting at The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

 The action came as it was revealed more than 90 dogs and cats were sentenced to death every day at council pounds across NSW with 33,000 killed in the past year.

 Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph revealed the number of unloved, unwanted or unclaimed Pets given lethal injections grew by 40 per cent in just one year.

 The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home recently lost its impound contract with the City of Sydney Council amid concerns the registered charity was destroying too many animals.

 Overall, Blacktown City Council recorded the highest number of cat and dog deaths in 2007 08, with 3411 animals from all over Sydney killed, putting it well ahead of the rest of the state’s councils. Animal rescue and welfare workers were unable to re-house them.

 The number grew by 9113 in a year, with 24,003 killed in 2006 07.

 While Blacktown Animal Holding Facility had the most kills, it took in animals from Auburn, Lane Cove, Canada Bay, Holroyd, Ryde, Parramatta and Hunters Hill.

 The city’s other major pound, The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home killed 964 cats and dogs taken from Botany Bay, Hurstville, Kogarah, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Waverley, Woollahra and City of Sydney council areas.

 The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing conducted two separate investigations into the organisation’s activities but, as the majority of complaints related to commercial and civil matters outside its jurisdiction, it found n o  breaches of the Charitable Fundraising A ct. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said a pound’s “culture and mission” were key factors that influenced the number of animals put down. The decision to withdraw the impound contract from The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home was not taken lightly, she said. “lt’s about finding a home or getting a pet back to its home and that once seemed to be a very strong policy of The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home,” she said.

 “lt’s my understanding that the regime c hanged and they no longer met our expectations. “Also a lot of those pets were kept in single cages Dogs need to socialise with other dogs and other people otherwise they develop behavioural problems and it’s even more difficult to rehouse them.”

 The Sydney Dog and Cats Home did not return calls from the Daily Telegraph yesterday.

 According to official figures, the councils that put down the greatest number of animals last year were Bathurst (1002), Tamworth (869), Coffs Harbour (849), Liverpool (936), Wagga Wagga (799). Broken Hill (720) Wyong (639) and Hawkesbury (658).

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