No more pets killed at the pound
IN GOOD news for the city’s dumped dogs and cast-off cats, the Animal Welfare League (AWL) is set to take over the Ipswich pound.
Ipswich City Council is finalising negotiations to form a partnership with the AWL to manage its Hooper Street animal management centre.
The best part of the deal for Ipswich stray pets is that it will mean the AWL will bring in its zero euthanasia policy.
“This is probably the best result we could have achieved to attract the expertise of the AWL, with whom we have worked very closely for several years,” Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said.
“The AWL has been running pound operations for the Gold Coast City Council for the past 20 years and has managed to achieve a zero euthanasia rate for impounded animals there.”
The AWL already operates pet rehoming in Ipswich with about 800 taken to the Gold Coast last year but now most will stay here.
The AWL will run the day-to-day operations of the Animal Management Centre, freeing council staff up to focus on other animal management duties.
He said the council and AWL started negotiating about five years ago to manage the pound but there was a hold-up.
“The RSPCA indicated it would come to Ipswich and the council was discussing moving its pound to the RSPCA proposed facility at Redbank before it decided to move to Wacol instead,” he said.
“This signifies a change of era for our pound and a chance to get rid of the image of the dog catcher going around with a net and dogs and cats being put down.
“Ipswich City Council has worked with the AWL for years to reverse this practice and this partnership will see a reduction in the number of unclaimed cats and dogs euthanised.”
Cr Antoniolli said AWL would further develop its community education and support programs to Ipswich, as well as its vet clinic.
“They will also provide veterinary services to the Ipswich City Council Pound and Animal Management Centre,” he said.
AWL chief executive Denise Bradley said she looked forward to working with the council to achieve better outcomes for people and pets.
“We applaud Ipswich City Council’s progressive move towards becoming a more compassionate and welfare-oriented council and urge other councils to follow their lead,” she said.
“We should be able to rehome just about every dog and cat brought into the pound. Any we can’t rehome in Ipswich, we’ll take to the Gold Coast as we do now.”