How many animals are impounded each year at the Shelter?

During the first 12 months following the departure of the Lost Dogs' Home, 238 cats and 439 dogs were impounded at the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter.

How many animals are adopted from the shelter each year?

In 2014, 100 cats and 113 dogs were adopted from the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter.

What is the distribution of adoptions? How many animals (of the 114 dogs and 100 cats) are rehomed within 2 weeks of their arrival, how many in 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks?

Animals rehomed in 2014

114 dogs

Average days in shelter: 35 days

Median days in shelter: 24 days

Rehomed within 2 weeks: 24

Rehomed within 4 weeks: 69

Rehomed within 6 weeks: 91

Rehomed within 8 weeks: 99

Rehomed within 10 weeks: 102

Rehomed within 12 weeks: 105

100 cats

Average days in shelter: 42 days

Median days in shelter: 31 days

Rehomed within 2 weeks: 15

Rehomed within 4 weeks: 46

Rehomed within 6 weeks: 69

Rehomed within 8 weeks: 78

Rehomed within 10 weeks: 85

Rehomed within 12 weeks: 89


What is a ‘minimum holding period’?

Under NSW law, stray/seized dogs and cats must be held for a minimum of 7 days if they are not identified (microchipped) or 14 days if they are identified (microchipped). This gives owners an opportunity to reclaim their lost pets. There is no minimum holding period for surrendered animals.

How many staff are currently employed at the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter?

Council current has 8 casual employees working at the shelter.

What was the Council resolution made at the Council meeting 10 September 2014 regarding the ongoing management of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter?

The Committee on an AMENDMENT moved by Clr L A C Whipper and seconded by Clr H R 
Campbell RECOMMENDED: 

1. THAT in principle support be provided to Option 2 to the report where Council 
operates the facility with a ‘Mixture of in house and External’ operations 
whereby Council would partner with an external provider, the Sydney Dogs and 
Cats Home (SDCH) in order to provide companion animal management services 
and the Council’s shelter operation would continue to be run by Council as a 
‘holding facility’ and animals transferred for appropriate care and rehoming. 

2. THAT all options be exhibited for a period of thirty (30) days AND THAT the 
results of the community engagement period be reported back to Council. 

3. THAT previous members of the Companion Animals Working Group including 
the representative of Friends of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter be provided 
with a copy of the exhibited options AND THAT a meeting be convened during 
the exhibition period to seek comment from those representative groups. 

4. THAT during the exhibition period a public meeting be convened with a 
presentation from the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home in conjunction with Council 
staff AND THAT interested members of the public be invited to attend. 

How do I contact the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter?

There are a number of ways to find out what animals are available for adoption or to check if your lost pet has be found. 

We are open Monday to Friday 10am to 3.30pm | Saturday, Sunday 10am to 12 noon | Closed Public Holidays

Telephone: (02) 4868 1520 or after hours call (02) 4868 0888 and leave a message with the call centre.

Visit: We are located inside the Resource Recovery Centre complex on the corner of Bowman Road & Berrima Road, Moss Vale.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WingecarribeeAnimalShelter

Website: www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/animal-shelter-information