Happy tails of new an­i­mal wel­fare fo­cus

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

SOUTH PERTH IM­PROV­ING an­i­mal wel­fare out­comes are a top pri­or­ity at the City of South Perth and Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s new an­i­mal care fa­cil­ity.

In the first five months of op­er­a­tion, staff have helped re­duce eu­thana­sia rates and in­crease re­hom­ing and re­uni­fi­ca­tion of lost an­i­mals with their own­ers.

Since the fa­cil­ity opened in De­cem­ber, the City of South Perth has re­homed 51 dogs and cats and re­united 61 an­i­mals with their own­ers.

A to­tal of seven an­i­mals – two dogs and five cats – have been eu­thanased be­cause they were ei­ther feral, in­jured or suf­fer­ing chronic ill­ness.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park has re­homed 33 an­i­mals and re­united 66 an­i­mals with their own­ers, with 27 an­i­mals be­ing eu­thanased, since the fa­cil­ity opened.

South Perth coun­cil staff have adopted seven an­i­mals and Town of Vic­to­ria Park staff have adopted two an­i­mals.

South Perth gov­er­nance of­fi­cer Shar­ron Kent heard about a very skinny great dane-cross that was picked up by coun­cil rangers af­ter he was found wan­der­ing the streets and vis­ited the an­i­mal care fa­cil­ity to meet him.

“The dog spent time at the vets in re­cov­ery, but it was love at first sight so I knew he had to come home with me, so I adopted him,” she said.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the trans­for­ma­tion

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d437442 of the City’s old pound to a mod­ern an­i­mal care cen­tre was long over­due.

“The new fa­cil­ity can house more than 70 an­i­mals and in­cludes ar­eas for in­fec­tion, quar­an­tine, as­sess­ing ar­eas and higher stan­dards for hous­ing an­i­mals.

“We have been work­ing closely with var­i­ous res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions to find homes for dogs and cats which are un­claimed,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Shar­ron and Paul Kent, their son David (3) and adopted dog Wil­lis, with City of South Perth ranger ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Dene Lawrence.

Be­low: Wil­lis when he was found wan­der­ing the streets.

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