Record number of Campbelltown pets avoid euthanasia

Picture: Simon Bennett
Picture: Simon Bennett

A record number of Campbelltown pets have escaped euthanasia in the past two years.

Campbelltown Council lowered pet adoption rates for pets at its Animal Care Facility which have been considered ‘difficult to rehome’.

The 50 per cent reduction in adoption fees has seen the number of dogs and cats euthanised fall in the past two years.

Cat euthanasia rates have dropped from 38.9 per cent in 2015/16 to 3.8 per cent in 2017/18. Dogs have dropped from 12.9 per cent to 2.7 per cent in the same time period.

The success of the price drop has prompted council to continue the scheme.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the council was committed to making euthanasia rates as small as possible.

“Reducing the fees has had a real impact on our ability to rehome pets that are being cared for at our facility,” he said.

“Ultimately, we want to rehome all of the pets that are suitable companion animals and continue to strive for a zero euthanasia rate if at all possible.

“We will continue to proactively work with the community to ensure pets are kept responsibly so that they are always healthy and safe.”

Councillors voted at this week’s meeting to reduce all fees for animal adoption and offer a 50 per cent discount for animals that struggle to find fur-ever homes, whether that is due to age, behavioural problems or being held in the shelter for a long time.

The fee changes are set to go on public exhibition.

The proposed changes would see cat adoption drop to $170 from $240, and dog adoption drop from $360 to $320.

Animals considered difficult to rehome would be offered at half the reduced rate.

The animal care facility is located at 2 Rose Street, Campbelltown and is open 10am-4pm Monday-Friday and 9am-noon on Saturdays.

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