HAWKESBURY COMPANION ANIMAL SHELTER REHOMING AND TEMPERAMENT TESTS
Located at Mulgrave, Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter covers 1030 square metres with 70 kennels and a large cattery area. It services the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Hawkesbury City Council, The Hills Shire Council, Hornsby Shire Council and Penrith City Council.
As part of this arrangement, Council staff from these LGAs bring roaming dogs to the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter. Staff do their utmost to ensure that as many lost pets as possible are reunited with their owners or found suitable new homes.
The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter has very good rehoming rates. The latest figures, using the 2016 calendar year, indicate that 1505 dogs were either returned to their owners or rehomed, which accounts for 94% of all dogs coming to the Shelter. Prior to rehoming and where Council staff believe it is appropriate, a temperament assessment is carried out. The focus of a temperament assessment is to determine a dog’s suitability for a family environment. The dog’s stability, shyness, friendliness, aggression, protectiveness and acceptance of other animals and people and its reaction to variables in the environment is assessed. As part of the assessment, the dog sits with a carer and the dog is assessed. If a dog displays aggressive tendancies then the ability to rehome the dog is reduced.