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Location, location, location – and dogs

By weeziepops - 29 July 2010 18

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. 

What’s Your opinion?


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18 Responses to
Location, location, location – and dogs
cleo 2:40 am 30 Jul 10

Well that is sad if they have to move due to lack of funds, gee I hope there wasn’t any pregnant dogs there, you would be calling it unmarried mothers home, how embarrassing for you poo poo!

bd84 11:19 pm 29 Jul 10

Part of the new residential works for the new “Molonglo” suburbs is the relocation of the RSPCA, the AFP facility and the Defence residences in that area. Don’t get your knickers in too much of a knot there..

bundyjack27 8:19 pm 29 Jul 10

If you did some research you would be aware that it is closing and most likely moving into the the domestic animal services compound as they are going to be shut down soon due to there lack of sympathy to animals.

Fisho 7:34 pm 29 Jul 10

Nothing wrong with killing cats, foxes, rabbits and all the other vermin infesting this country.

Rather than the noise from the RSPCA, wouldn’t the regular pong from the pipeage that runs through there be a greater nuisance to residents? Or will all residents have their sense of smell removed by law?

Captain RAAF 3:47 pm 29 Jul 10

You sound tough however if you really were a cowardly kitten killer you wouldn’t ever drop any off at the shelter. Someone who does the first thing doesn’t do the second. You are probably a decent bloke ( or girl, but I think your a bloke).
I drop the cats I can’t be bothered killing off there! 😉

Good assessment, I like you, you will die last in the revolution!

Actually, I can’t kill all the cats I catch, wife has put her foot down. I only kill the repeat offenders, first timers go to the pound. I think that’s fair.

The Frots 1:58 pm 29 Jul 10

Live with it – should you choose to live there of course. They have to be somewhere. Or………………now where does the ‘Chiefly One’ live again……………..????

amarooresident3 11:58 am 29 Jul 10

If you are that ashamed that you need to sneakily drop off your unwanted pet in the dead of night you’re hardly going to hang around and do a burglary or engage in “unsavoury” behaviour are you?

And how close is “really” close anyway?

chewy14 11:57 am 29 Jul 10

The RSPCA will be moving.

yellowsnow 11:57 am 29 Jul 10

Yet another brilliant example of what passes for contemporary Canberra townplanning.

I suspect that the people who draw up these plans never actually visited the proposed development sites in person. If they did they’d now how out of step with reality all their concept plans are. Maybe all ACTPLA employees should be forced to live and work for a year on Anthony Rolfe Drive, Gungahlin, as punishment and to learnt from mistakes of the past.

Planners probably think living next to an rspca would be an attraction, like living next to a nature reserve or animal sanctuary … ah, I can see the advertising campaign already: ‘Come and live at Dogwood Rise, a development like no other, where you can live right next to nature and all the cuddly animals it has on offer’. Homebuyers are generally not rational consumers — many will buy the hype without doing the research, only to discover the horror and start complaining later.

Seriously though, I think the Govt’s plan is for the RSPCA to be sent packing elsewhere eventually, irrespective of complaints from future NIMBY’s (I think Mugga Lane/Symonston has been suggested). Moral of the story – Never stand between the ACT Govt and a bucket of cash from developers. You’ll never win.

grumpyrhonda 11:28 am 29 Jul 10

Muttsybignuts said :

Like the Waldorf nerds vs culture in the city debacle, the cashed up residents will move in, knowing full well ( or should do) that there is an animal shelter in close proximity, and then complain loudly and constantly about the noise until the RSPCA is forced to move out bush or somewhere wholly inconvenient.

Nailed that one right on the head!

Muttsybignuts 11:00 am 29 Jul 10

Like the Waldorf nerds vs culture in the city debacle, the cashed up residents will move in, knowing full well ( or should do) that there is an animal shelter in close proximity, and then complain loudly and constantly about the noise until the RSPCA is forced to move out bush or somewhere wholly inconvenient.

carnardly 11:00 am 29 Jul 10

Well, if you don’t want to live near there, don’t move there. Its been there for years and people who move into the area now, or new development to be built shouldn’t complain about barking dogs. If it was moved out to the outer fringe i’d expect the rehoming business would drop significantly.

Muttsybignuts 10:57 am 29 Jul 10

Captain RAAF said :

Spectra said :

I don’t think I would feel safe knowing unsavoury types might be dropping off their unwanted pets at all hours of the night.

Is that something that actually happens? Do “unsavoury types” actually bother to drop their pets off to the RSPCA?

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.

You sound tough however if you really were a cowardly kitten killer you wouldn’t ever drop any off at the shelter. Someone who does the first thing doesn’t do the second. You are probably a decent bloke ( or girl, but I think your a bloke).
I drop the cats I can’t be bothered killing off there! 😉

Captain RAAF 10:42 am 29 Jul 10

Spectra said :

I don’t think I would feel safe knowing unsavoury types might be dropping off their unwanted pets at all hours of the night.

Is that something that actually happens? Do “unsavoury types” actually bother to drop their pets off to the RSPCA?

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.

I drop the cats I can’t be bothered killing off there! 😉

Spectra 10:24 am 29 Jul 10

I don’t think I would feel safe knowing unsavoury types might be dropping off their unwanted pets at all hours of the night.

Is that something that actually happens? Do “unsavoury types” actually bother to drop their pets off to the RSPCA? Do they particularly do it at “all hours of the night”? Or are you just making up imagined problems?

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.

That, presumably, is at least in part because it’s in a relatively isolated area. Perhaps more development around there might actually mitigate that problem?

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