It’s been in Weston Creek for nearly 60 years, but now the RSPCA is now moving in together with Domestic Animal Services into an all new fancy facility in Symonston, announced Shane Rattenbury today.
The new animal care and protection facility will combine the functions of the RSPCA and Domestic Animal Services (DAS), and create a ‘one stop shop’ for animal welfare, regulatory and compliance issues, benefiting both the animals in their care and the ACT community.
The facility will allow people to reconnect with pets that may have strayed, purchase surrendered pets, seek specific veterinary services, surrender animals, report animal welfare issues, find information on how to care for their pet and attend training days. The facility will also house and care for injured wildlife, such as birds and possums.
Mr Rattenbury said: “This is an exciting and innovative project, and the first of its kind in Australia. The project will not only deliver a state-of-the-art animal welfare facility, it will also streamline and enhancethe level of service the two agencies provide.
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“The new combined facility will allow each of the agencies to focus on their core services, remove overlaps in responsibilities and work together to provide the best possible animal welfare outcomes.
“In particular, the facility will be a great boost for animal welfare – ensuring the Territory’s pets and animals are cared for in a comfortable environment, and providing staff and volunteers with a modern purpose-built facility.”
UPDATE: The RSPCA has sent out a release announcing the new space and thanking the Government. It may be found here if you’re keen.