Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre has had a positive year, with many changes being made to the facility and services to improve access for the community, cats and dogs.
Councillor Doug Curran, Chair of the Griffith Pound and Rehoming Working Group said many positive changes have taken place and it is pleasing to see the results.
“Despite a rise in the number of companion animals (cats and dogs) being impounded in the 12 months to June 2021, the percentage of animals being successfully rehomed has increased,” said Councillor Curran.
“Another positive is that more dogs are being returned to their owners than in the previous year – great news for the pets and their families.”
Earlier this year, Council appointed a new Animal Rehoming Officer, a position created to assist with the facility and welfare of animals.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve, and this role assists the Compliance Staff to either get animals back to their owners, rehomed or find suitable rescue,” said Councillor Curran.
“The role also updates the website with animals looking to get back to their families or find a new home – you can view via the Council website at griffith.nsw.gov.au.”
Additionally, the Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre has installed exercise yards to provide an outdoor play area for the dogs, and space for potential adopters to ‘meet and greet’ with the dogs.
A successful desexing campaign was held throughout August in conjunction with Friends of the Griffith Pound which saw 27 dogs and 39 cats desexed.
Council’s Environmental Health and Compliance Coordinator, Merryn Benham said desexing was just one way pet owners can ensure less animals end up at Pounds.
“Council funded the program as the benefits of desexing is simple: it helps prevent unwanted litters, which can lead to unwanted pets being surrendered to the facility”, said Ms Benham.
“It is also important to ensure your pets are microchipped and registered, and that those details are kept up to date so that if they do find themselves at our facility, we can quickly get them back home where they belong.”
Desexing, microchipping, and registering your pet are all part of being a responsible pet owner.
Council has also taken community feedback on board and installed a dog play tunnel at the off-leash dog park located in Coolah Street.
“The off-leash area has been really popular for the community and an essential service,” said Councillor Curran.
“I am pleased that we were able to improve the amenity with the addition of the play tunnel and appreciate any other feedback residents and users may have.”