Shoalhaven City Council has officially opened the new Shoalhaven Animal Shelter at 19 Nowra Hill Road, Nowra Hill (BTU Road entry).
The Council operated shelter aims to ensure the animals that are found receive the best support and can be adopted to caring people.
The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter moved to its brand-new premises from Mundamia last week with the old site earmarked for a new waste recovery transfer centre in the future.
The Shelter has been built with funds from Council’s Waste Management Depot fees and has been purposely built to ensure safety and comfort for the animals. Set on five acres, the modern facility provides more space for animals and offers private rooms for adopting families to meet their new fur companion.
The Facts Shoalhaven Animal Shelter
- 20 dog kennels with exercise yards direct from kennels
- 2 mum and puppy pens
- 24 cat pens in the separate cattery
- Stockyards available for large animals
- Animal Treatment Room
- Meet and Greet area for adoptions
- Welcome Room
- Extra Storage
- Security cameras
- The Shelter employs seven full and part-time staff and a collection of volunteers.
- There are six water tanks on site to harness water
- Last financial year (2016/2017), the Animal Shelter which was then run by the RSPCA rehoused 1380 animals including cats, dogs, sheep, horses, goats and even a pig.
- This financial year to the end of July 2018, the shelter has supported 1274 animals showcasing there is a great need in the area for the service.
- The Shelter features an eco-friendly pet waste worm farm specific for composting pet poo!
When opening the Shelter, Mayor Amanda Findley said, “This shelter is not just full of metal and fencing, it will be full of hope, warmth, kindness and generosity.”
“We encourage the community to come and adopt a fur child in the future. By using the shelter, you are helping an animal who is lost and scared and needs a home.
“Plus, it is also much cheaper to adopt an animal from the Shelter rather than a store or breeder and comes complete with registration, microchipping and desexing.”
Clr Findley continued, “If you cannot adopt an animal, you can still help the Shelter. We need an army of people to volunteer at the centre, we are on the search for companies to sponsor kennels, we will regularly have pet food drives and still have vet bills to pay. We are trying to offset as many costs as we can through adoption fees, surrender fees, merchandise sales, fundraising and sponsorship from our local community.”
The team at Council are intending to make this animal shelter one of the leading shelters of best practice with plans to offer training for vets and students, through local universities. The community are encouraged to sign up to the new adoption Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/shoalhavenanimalshelter to find what animals are lost, found or need a home or visit the Council website to learn more about the Shelter, to volunteer or make donations.