$1.6 million to new council pound facilities
CAPRICORN Animal Aid (CAA) is pleased with the long-awaited allocation of $1.6m toward the new Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC) pound facilities but says more can be done to stop domestic animal euthanasia and decrease council expenditure long-term.
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow previously predicted $3.5m for new facilities and programs for delivery between 2019 and 2020 but increasing pressure from the community pushed planning into the 2016/2017 Budget.
The need for a new compound and changes to domestic animal regulation has come after a severe outbreak of parvo in the region suspected to have stemmed from the current pound with the council acknowledging the facility has passed its used-by date.
CAA president Katina Kilpatrick says the council's predictions of increased animal welfare would be complemented by implementing the effective Getting 2 Zero (G2Z) program.
The G2Z program aims to eradicate euthanasia of all healthy or treatable domestic dogs and cats through campaigns aimed at responsible pet ownership.
The G2Z program is already successful in the Gold Coast and in Ipswich.
Mrs Kilpatrick says CAA would be pleased to work alongside the council to get the program activated in Rockhampton.
Capricorn Animal Aid believes educating the community on responsible pet ownership and the benefits of de-sexing will assist the efforts of rescues and bring relief to the current overwhelming numbers of animals seeking foster homes and adoptions.
The council has introduced a de-sexing voucher to the value of $50 for eligible people.
For further information visit www.g2z.org.au