Better future for City’s stray animals

Published Thursday, 14th July 2016

Fairfield City Council has formed a landmark partnership with Sydney Dogs & Cats Home that will ensure the City’s stray companion animals are no longer unnecessarily put to death.

The new arrangement starts on Monday 19 September 2016. 

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Council sought the partnership because it believed in doing what was right for animals.

“This partnership with Sydney Dogs & Cats Home is an extremely positive outcome for not only Council, but also the animals that are lost or abandoned throughout our City,” Mayor Carbone said. “We are very pleased to partner with an organisation with such a high regard for animal welfare.”

Sydney Dogs & Cats Home (SDCH) is an animal shelter and pound in Carlton (in the St George area of Sydney) that handles more than 3000 animals a year. It is the only pound in NSW that is also a charity and it never places a time limit on adoptable animals.

“Since the announcement of Renbury Farm Animal Shelter’s planned closure Council has made a number of enquiries to find a suitable animal services provider,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Although the new pound will be outside of the Fairfield Local Government Area (LGA), the decision to align with SDCH will ensure animals are reunited with their owners. Council will establish several kennels within the City to place impounded dogs while interim enquires are made to reunite them with their owners. If dogs are taken to Carlton, Council will work closely with owners who wish to retrieve their pet and will transport the pet back to their home free of charge.”

Sydney Dogs & Cats Home General Manager Claire Garth said the partnership was a wonderful demonstration that Council had heard the concerns of its community regarding animal welfare.

“As Sydney’s only no-kill charity pound, we’re proud to add Fairfield to the growing number of councils using our unique service, signalling a much brighter future for many animals across Western Sydney,” Ms Garth said.

Mayor Carbone said SDCH had a genuine desire to ensure all animals were treated humanely and given every chance of being re-homed.

“The home’s mission is to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, loving, domestic pets by re-homing them and giving them a second chance at life,” he said. “Most importantly, animals are placed for adoption and are kept for as long as it takes to find them a new home.

“Council values this approach to animal welfare.”