I was at the RSPCA yesterday to collect the latest addition to the family and saw that the development across the road from the centre is well underway. I also noticed it is really, really close to the RSPCA.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the RSPCA and support their work – but I don’t know if I would want to live within a few metres of the place. Not only would the noise drive me crazy, but I don’t think I would feel safe knowing unsavoury types might be dropping off their unwanted pets at all hours of the night.
I also hear from time to time that the centre has been broken into, whether to steal animals or veterinary supplies, which would also make the location less than appealing. Is it really the plan of the ACT government to have our main animal shelter smack bang in the middle of suburbia?
Surely they could stump up the cash to relocate it to somewhere more suitable and, dare I suggest, more built to purpose than the patchwork collection of sheds and demountables which the RSPCA has been forced to use as demand for their services grows.
While I was there yesterday, I also noticed that the place is full to capacity. They need more space and maybe now is the time to start planning for a move before people move into the new houses and get all NIMBY about it?