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01 September 2017 16:30

City of Ballarat assumes management of Gillies Street animal shelter

Longer opening hours and cheaper fees will form part of new operations at the Gillies Street animal shelter when the City of Ballarat assumes management from Friday 1 September.

 

The City of Ballarat will formally run the facility from 1 September, with the animal shelter’s opening hours extended by an additional 24 hours each week.

 

The facility’s new opening hours, which commence on 4 September, are:

Monday – Friday: 8am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm

 

Animal shelter users can also expect cheaper reclaim and adoption fees, following the introduction of a new fees system.

 

The City of Ballarat introduced a new pro rata structure for the eight day statutory reclaim fee to give pet owners the chance to reclaimed their beloved cats for as little as $17.50 per day, and $21.50 per dog per day.

 

The new fee structure will replace the previous $140 cat and $172 dog flat rate reclaim fee.

 

New adoption rates of $380 per dog and $180 per cat have also been introduced, and include microchipping, de-sexing and vaccination, as well as the first year of registration with City of Ballarat.

 

As part of its new management, the City of Ballarat will develop a foster care program which will enable animals who have been sheltered in the facility for an extended period of time to be housed with foster carers for a few nights.

 

Friday 1 September also marks the launch of the new Ballarat Animal Shelter website which includes relevant information for Ballarat residents, including images of lost pets and animals ready for adoption, details for anyone considering volunteering and a platform for users to provide their feedback.

 

The City of Ballarat will also share daily images of lost animals through its Facebook page @BallaratCityCouncil

 

On April 12, Ballarat City Councillors voted for the City of Ballarat to assume management of the Gillies Street animal shelter as the city transitions towards a new state-of-the-art regional animal shelter.

 

The new $14 million regional animal shelter was highlighted as a key project in the Council Plan 2017-2021.

 

The RSPCA’s existing three-year contract expired on 31 August 2017.

 

The Ballarat Animal Shelter will be closed for cleaning from 2-4 September, re-opening on September 4.

 

For more information visit ballaratanimalshelter.com


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Longer opening hours and cheaper fees will form part of new operations at the Gillies Street animal shelter when the City of Ballarat assumes management from Friday 1 September.

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