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Adoption fee discount to ease pressure on animal shelters

City of Sydney 2 mins read
'Holly' Image Credit Sutherland Animal Shelter

 

The City of Sydney is reducing the adoption fees for pets being housed in its animal shelter, in a bid to reduce pressure on the animal care 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 of Sydney, 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 City of Sydney 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 City of Sydney 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.

 

We also encourage people to register their pets online and offer subsidised desexing and free microchipping for pensioners and eligible people on low incomes.

 

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

 

The animal shelter is having an open day on Tuesday April 16th from 10am-2pm.

 

To find out more contact shelter staff at animalshelter@ssc.nsw.gov.au.

 

For media enquiries or images, contact Nicky Breen

Phone 0436 599 861 or email nbreen@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Zoe Delamare

Phone 0477 263 615 or email zdelamare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

For more stories from your local area, visit news.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

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