HAWKES­BURY COM­PAN­ION AN­I­MAL SHEL­TER  REHOMING AND TEM­PER­A­MENT TESTS

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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