Pet palace to save strays
ANIMAL REHOMING SITE COULD REPLACE POUND
AN iconic new animal holding facility is proposed to be built in Glendenning in what would be an Australian first.
A report released by Blacktown Council outlines a plan for a purpose-built centre that aims to attract the community away from pet shops towards adopting abandoned dogs and cats.
The centre may include a veterinary clinic, “real life” rooms to acclimatise animals to home environments, larger rooms with fewer animals, plenty of natural light and education facilities.
The centre on Owen St would replace the council’s existing pound in Prospect, which would be sold off to fund part of the project.
The report refers to modern animal holding facilities centres found around the world that focus more on rehoming pets rather than a place to put them down.
“The traditional dog pound has a sad image of a place animals go to be euthanised,” the report states.
“The design is now shifting from concrete jails for animals to complete community centres where the focus is on community interaction and events as well as the adoption and rehoming of pets.”
Rather than 20 or more dogs in one room, the report includes plans for a series of eight rooms holding up to eight animals each.
Community events including pet shows, a community dog park, pet agility courses and other services may also feature.
There may also be an education and learning centre where school groups can interact with a range of pets and learn about animal welfare.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali said he believed the centre would cost around $14-15 million and would be the first custombuilt facility of its kind.
“If there’s a good atmos- phere then hopefully a few more (animals) will be rehomed and it will get people to think about going to the pound rather than the local pet shop,” he said.
The Owen St property is around 10ha and is currently provided to the Blacktown Kennel Club for training and dog shows.
Blacktown Council will consider whether to go ahead with the project at a meeting tonight.