Ongoing shelter improvements
The City of Wagga Wagga is committed to providing the best level of care to all animals that find their way into the shelter.
Highly qualified veterinary specialist Jacob Michelsen conducted a review of the shelter, which was a key action announced by General Manager Alan Eldridge in his open letter to the community on 7 April.
Dr Michelsen's report assessed both the physical infrastructure at the facility as well as its management, policies and procedures.
The scope of the review was to not only asses GRAS against current legislation, but to compare it against best practice in animal management and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals draft guidelines and standards.
The full report is available below:
- Dog beds are being used
- In floor heating in the dog shelter is operational
- Review and updating of website information, this is on-going with future integration of IT systems being explored
- CCTV installed
- Drainage improvements
- Entry landscaping improvements
- Automatic drinkers in the dog shelter
- Dog exercise area
- Additional cat cages/exercise pen
- Animals have been housed at the shelter for longer than the statutory period in an effort to rehome them
- Shelter/responsible pet ownership promotions, including the shelter open day in November 2016 and a recent social media cat adoption campaign
- Changes to adoption fees
- Dog wash facility
- Facility master plan