Thousands of dogs and cats face death because of a decision by the Perrottet Government.
NSW Government has DENIED a request from Sydney Dogs & Cats Home to partly fund the building of a new home to address Sydney’s growing animal crisis.
After almost 80 years of saving Sydney’s lost and abandoned pets, our much-loved shelter is facing closure.
The animal welfare sector is already at breaking point due to the high volume of animals in care. Without our service, the situation for lost and abandoned pets would be dire. There will be nowhere for them to go.
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We can't continue this way
We’re currently operating from two temporary facilities at Strathfield and Austral, doing our best to service more than 100 suburbs across eight councils, after being evicted from our home in Carlton for developers.
Working this way cannot continue – it is simply too expensive and we cannot keep up with demand. Particularly post COVID, as we face Sydney’s pet abandonment crisis, where we’re seeing a large number of abandoned pets coming into our shelter who desperately need our help.
We lodged a detailed submission to NSW Government for capital funding of $9 million to establish a purpose-built new home to help address this crisis, But they only provided $500,000 for operational expenses. That will secure operations for this financial year only. It’s like a band-aid on a gaping wound.
Without Sydney Dogs & Cats Home, Sydney’s animal crisis will worsen. and thousands of animals – including lost family pets - are more likely to be killed, rather than rehomed.
An essential service shut down
Sydney Dogs & Cats Home cares for thousands of lost, abandoned and neglected animals each year. A quarter of the animals never reclaimed are housed for as long as it takes for them to be adopted.
Without Sydney Dogs & Cats Home, we could see thousands of animals euthanised each year rather than being rehomed, which could include pets who are simply lost. Our vets, animal care staff and extended network are experts in helping the most vulnerable animals in need, and we are an essential service to over 1.1 million Sydneysiders.
It’s not too late. There is a solution.
We’re calling on Premier Perrottet to urgently revisit his government’s decision, and avoid disastrous consequences, by providing a one-off grant to help build our new shelter.