The Campbelltown Animal Care Facility is currently at capacity and staff need your help finding the four-legged friends their furry homes.
The Rose Street facility has been inundated with abandoned or stray dogs and cats, largely due to the pandemic.
Campbelltown Council’s city standards and compliance manager, Leon Marksell, said he wants to encourage responsible pet ownership, so the facility doesn’t end up with so many unwanted pets. .
“Part of what we try to do is encourage people to be responsible pet owners to ensure their pets have happy, healthy lives,” he said. “We want the community to see their animals as lifelong companions, family friends, not just property or things they can buy and throw away. More and more animals are coming as people return to work and school after the pandemic Unfortunately, animals were considered a disposable commodity and people can’t take care of them anymore, so they abandon them or tie them to our fence.
Mr Marksell said the facility being at capacity was having an effect on the community, which is why it was so important to find every impounded animal from its furry family.
“We are at full capacity, we now have a lot of dogs and a lot of cats, and with the increase in numbers there is an increase in the cost of caring for and maintaining the animals for a longer period of time,” he said. “This cost is borne by the community, and it is a big concern. There is also an increase in requests for help from other relief groups or relocation organizations which are often small and non-profit, and they depend on donations to operate so it’s an extra burden for them too Being at full capacity means we are unable to accept more animals.
Marksell encouraged anyone wanting to add a furry friend to their family to make adoption their first point of call. He said all animals that come through the pet store have been checked, vaccinated, treated for worms and fleas, desexed, microchipped and registered.
“It’s all part of the cost of adopting animals, and it’s much cheaper than buying through a breeder or on Gumtree,” Marksell said. “We encourage anyone to come see us if they are looking for an animal. There are wonderful dogs and cats here, they are well cared for. We do not pass on problematic animals to anyone.”