Extend shelter for animals

THE $12 million expansion of NSW’s largest animal shelter is well underway with the first stage now complete.

Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, joined RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman, State MP for East Hills, Wendy Lindsay and State MP for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons, to tour constructions works at the Yagoona adoption facility.
The shelter has served the community since its construction in the early 1970s, looking after thousands of animals and finding them loving family homes.
Ms Hancock said the work would ensure the facility could meet the space, welfare, health and safety needs of the animals, staff, and community now and into the future.
“The new Companion Animal Village will expand and improve kennel and cattery facilities, allowing even more furry friends to find a home, as well as increase capacity for various educational, training and community programs,” she said.
RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said the facility had been the State’s epicentre for animal services and adoptions since its construction and was responsible for supporting, educating and helping communities across NSW.
“The upgrades will benefit the 30,000 animals RSPCA NSW takes in annually and will ensure that we are able to promote responsible pet ownership in a positive way,” he said.
Ms Lindsay said this project has been a welcome shot in the arm for local contractors and builders, who had worked on site for the last six months.
“Projects like this not only boost the local economy but once complete, will ensure our beloved furry friends are cared for before finding their fur-ever home,” Ms Lindsay said.

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