Your Shelter. Your Future. Your Say.

Consultation has concluded

This consultation, namely the survey, has concluded and staff are currently reviewing the response from the community to report it to Council in the near future.

Have your say about the delivery of animal welfare services in the Wingecarribee local government area.

Council has been running the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter since the departure of our previous contractor, The Lost Dogs Home, in November 2013. Since that time we’ve been considering options for the ongoing operation of our shelter.

Providing a safe haven for lost and stray cats or dogs, keeping them protected until their owner (or a new owner) can be found, is quite an involved activity. While providing high standards of animal welfare we also need to meet some key criteria including adhering to our minimal euthanasia policy and industry guidelines as well as remaining cost effective and efficient.

Three models have been developed for consideration and we’re now seeking feedback from the community about these:

  • Model 1 – Internal
  • Model 2 – Mixture of Internal and External
  • Model 3 – External

Your opinion is important to us. Please tell us how you would like to see the animal shelter operate.

Complete our online survey before Friday 20 March 2015.

Registration is required if you wish to complete the survey or ask a question. Your privacy is protected and it's quick and easy to register and contribute anonymously with a username of your choice.


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Have your say about the delivery of animal welfare services in the Wingecarribee local government area.

Council has been running the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter since the departure of our previous contractor, The Lost Dogs Home, in November 2013. Since that time we’ve been considering options for the ongoing operation of our shelter.

Providing a safe haven for lost and stray cats or dogs, keeping them protected until their owner (or a new owner) can be found, is quite an involved activity. While providing high standards of animal welfare we also need to meet some key criteria including adhering to our minimal euthanasia policy and industry guidelines as well as remaining cost effective and efficient.

Three models have been developed for consideration and we’re now seeking feedback from the community about these:

  • Model 1 – Internal
  • Model 2 – Mixture of Internal and External
  • Model 3 – External

Your opinion is important to us. Please tell us how you would like to see the animal shelter operate.

Complete our online survey before Friday 20 March 2015.

Registration is required if you wish to complete the survey or ask a question. Your privacy is protected and it's quick and easy to register and contribute anonymously with a username of your choice.


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CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • The news that the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is to vacate its current premises in Kogarah within 12 months is now in the public arena. Why was this information not made available during the Public Information Session/presentation that took place on Sunday 8 March 2015?

    Sandra Jones asked over 4 years ago

    The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home currently services 11 local government areas in Sydney and will be relocating to new facilities at the expiration of their current lease. There do not appear to be any plans to cease operations.

    SDCH have included on their website:

    So we need your help. Without the financial support required to relocate, the future of our operation is at risk. Our work will continue throughout the year as it always has, caring for animals and reuniting or rehoming them will remain our first priority – but while we ponder the enormity of the challenge ahead, we can’t help but be wildly excited at the thought of a new home – a new best-practice facility. More space. New kennels and exercise yards for our pooches and, of course, a new palace (we mean cattery) for our fussy felines.

    We can’t wait to invite you all to a celebration with our residents at this proposed facility in 2016 … not a bad present for our animals, right?

    Further information can be found at the following link:

    http://sydneydogsandcatshome.org/2015/03/08/it-takes-hands-to-build-a-house-but-only-hearts-and-build-a-home/

  • I refer to Council's Report (or Business Papers) on this matter, Sept 2014. The report does not seem balance and the description of the 3 models appears to be weighted in favour of Model 2. This Model however appears poorly written and poorly researched - i.e. without input from the Sydney Dogs and cats Home (and as demonstrated in last Sunday's presentation, is not based on fact, with details to be determined if Council votes for this model!). The proposed budget is also questionable. The poor quality of the report makes me question the integrity of Council report writing and the appropriate approval processes as reports move up the line to an Ordinary Meeting of Council.

    Sandra Jones asked over 4 years ago

    Your comments are noted. Further information can be found in the FAQ section of this page - specifically "How were the budget implications for each model calculated?"

  • 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?

    Joan asked over 4 years ago

    Thank you for your question. We hope the following information is helpful. Should you require any further details please contact us.


    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