New era dawns with opening of animal welfare facility

November 3, 2017 by  

Animal welfare has launched into a new era with the opening of the new Epping Animal Welfare Facility.

The $13m facility will be able to accommodate an estimated 6000 animals each year with early arrivals already being welcomed.

The animals centre is a joint project funded and developed by the cities of Moreland, Darebin and Whittlesea.

The RSPCA Victoria is managing the centre on the behalf of the three councils.

Epping Animal Welfare facility, which is located in Epping’s Companion Place, will offer a number of services including accommodation, shelter, impounding services and adoption options to cater for livestock and domestic animals.

A permanent vet service will be on-site to care for ill or injured animals and also to provide de-sexing or vaccination for animals left unclaimed so they are ready to adopt.

City of Whittlesea Mayor Ricky Kirkham said the banding together of the councils for the project has seen the creation of a modern care centre set to provide outstanding services for animals.

“No one wants to see animals in the pound, but the reality is that there is a real community need for these types of facilities.”

Flyer printing is expected to spread the word of the new facility which will be staffed daily by 20 adoption personnel, volunteers and animal care offices.

Cats and dogs will be the main tenants but there is also a capacity for the centre to host large animals such as sheep, cattle and horses.