A partnership between the Kempsey Pound and non-profit animal rehoming organisations has seen more than 300 cats and dogs rehomed in 2017.
Friends of Kempsey Pound is one of the local organisations that actively works with council rangers to rehome many dogs and cats that may be impounded.
This year Friends of Kempsey Pound has re-connected 300 unclaimed dogs and cats, either privately surrendered or strays, to rescue centres.
“If an animal has not been adopted at the pound, our volunteers will take the animal out and place it with a temporary carer while we contact rescue organisations that can take the animal on,” said volunteer Marion Crowley.
“Transport is then organised either with volunteers or on commercial animal transport to the rescue centre. Animals that are taken to rescue centres then have very high chances of being adopted.”
The Kempsey Pound at Frederickton, is managed by Kempsey Shire Council and is provided as a service to residents for lost cats and dogs.
In accordance with the Companion Animal Act, the pound keeps lost animals protected until their owner can be found.
If, however, the owner cannot be found, the pound offers adoption of unclaimed animals to the general public.
Unclaimed animals, that can’t be adopted locally, are taken by non-profit charitable rehoming organisations. These are generally staffed by small teams of dedicated volunteers who work closely with council rangers.
They have a common goal of providing welfare and rehoming opportunities for unclaimed dogs and cats.
Council rangers praised the work of the volunteers and stressed the importance of having pets de-sexed and microchipped, as well a collar with a clear name tag with contact details.
By taking these vital steps, pets are more easily able to be reunited with their owner if they become lost. If you find a lost animal, please notify council on 6566 3200.