Thursday, May 30, 2024

Sydney cuts fees to boost animal adoption rate

The City of Sydney Council has announced it will reduce adoption fees for pets being housed in its animal shelter, in a bid to reduce pressure on the facility.

From 15 to 26 April, adoption fees will be cut from $399 to $199.50 for dogs and from $263 to $131.50 for cats.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore AO said she hoped the reduced fees would help some of the city’s four legged residents find a new home.

“We know that shelters and rehoming organisations are currently in crisis across Sydney. The cost of living, housing affordability and rental restrictions means the number of animals being surrendered has increased dramatically,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We know how important pets are to people’s lives and wellbeing. We’re hoping that by reducing these fees, we can both reduce the cost of pet ownership and help to ease pressure on our shelter.”

Since 2009, lost and abandoned pets in the Council area have been looked after at the Sutherland Animal Shelter, in partnership with Sutherland Shire Council.

“We’re very proud our animals are looked after at Sutherland Animal Shelter,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The facility provides a high level of care for animals and aims to rehome or rehabilitate each of its residents, with one of the lowest euthanasia rates in the country.

“However, it is also at capacity. The number of City of Sydney pets being kept in our shelter has almost doubled in the last two years, up from 44 dogs and 37 cats in 2021 to 84 dogs and 63 cats in 2023.

“For decades we have fought to improve the welfare of companion animals. Our new reduced adoption costs are part of a suite of initiatives the City of Sydney is running to support residents who own pets.” 

The Council runs several programs to help support pet owners. These include annual pet days where social housing residents can access free pet health checks, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worming treatments, as well as subsidised desexing.

The discount adoption scheme is part of a broader program run by the Sutherland Animal Shelter.

The animal shelter is having an open day tomorrow (16 April) from 10am-2pm.

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