Monday, 24 July 2017 11:57

Pet project for Western Sydney

Animal attendant with dog. Animal attendant with dog. iStock

The registration, collection and rehoming of pets is a significant function of many local councils.

Western Sydney’s projected population growth combined with increasing pet ownership means that demand for animal holding facilities and related services is expected to increase in future – greatly exceeding the region’s current infrastructure capacity.

To address this emerging challenge, WSROC has commissioned a comprehensive study on behalf of seven Western Sydney councils to identify long term sustainable solutions for the region. The study specifically sets out to:

  • Review the animal holding needs of Greater Western Sydney over the next twenty years.
  • Develop a number of potential models including shared service arrangements between councils and partnership opportunities with other stakeholders e.g. RSPCA, TAFE and universities.
  • Accommodate current plans for new animal holding facilities within the region.
  • Identify non-infrastructure based solutions to reduce animals entering shelters in the first place.
  • Make recommendations about the number of required facilities, capacities and ideal locations across Greater Western Sydney.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “Looking at this issue from a regional perspective will allow Western Sydney councils to plan more affordable, effective infrastructure and services for Greater Western Sydney and ensure the best possible outcomes for pets and their owners.

“In addition to traditional infrastructure such as animal holding facilities, the report will also look at strategies to prevent animals entering shelters such as community education, de-sexing and microchipping programs – all of which are critical for managing stray and companion animals.

“We look forward to the results of this study, which will help councils work towards the better management of companion animals across Greater Western Sydney,” he said.

The study is due for completion in August 2017.


 

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