Muswellbrook Animal Care Facility Master Plan

The combined use of the Animal Care Facility will be developed to draw the community to this responsible living, education and wellbeing space.

This will be achieved across a number of stages and will include the relocation of the existing Sustainability Hub - including the existing community garden, a plant nursery, an off leash dog park, sustainability retail space, meeting rooms and community spaces in a shared facility with the Animal Shelter with open areas at the Sydney Street location. The facility will promote the combined use of the hub and will be developed to draw the community to the site.

The new Animal Care Facility considers the following core components:

  • Design and operation which is aimed at minimising overcrowding, reducing disease and increasing release rates, including: - providing adequate runs/cages for the number of animals needing to be housed - appropriate management practices that keep animals moving through the system quickly (ie, from collection to adoption or re-homing, etc)
  • Compartmentalised housing for both cats and dogs (e.g. indoor/outdoor runs for dogs, cat ‘condos’). This approach helps reduce disease transmission by facilitating cleaning without having to remove animals from cages.
  • Separate housing areas for dogs and cats to minimise stress.
  • Separate housing areas for adult and juvenile animals, minimising disease transmission.
  • Isolation areas for animals with infectious disease in completely separate areas to the general population.
  • An adoption centre that provides access for members of the public to interact with animals in care with a view to adopting.

All interested parties are encouraged and invited to make written submissions, with comments about the concepts, addressed to:

The General Manager,
Muswellbrook Shire Council,
PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333 or by email to:
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For further information please contact Dennis Fernandes on 02 6549 3700 or attend a drop-in information session at Campbells Corner, Corner Brook and Bridge Streets, Muswellbrook on Wednesday 29th May 2019 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


Muswellbrook Animal Care Facility Master Plan

Muswellbrook Animal Care Facility Master Plan Floor Plan

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