Port Macquarie Animal Shelter Cattery is at full capacity | Port Macquarie News

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The cattery at the Port Macquarie Animal Shelter has now reached its maximum capacity. Finding rental accommodation that accepts pets and the ongoing challenges of COVID are among the factors contributing to an increase in the number of stray felines arriving at the shelter. The head of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Environmental and Regulatory Services group, Debbie Archer, said the shelter has hosted as many cats as possible. “Being a facility run by the city council, we mostly have stray animals at the shelter, but we’ve also seen a lot of people abandon their animals,” she said. “When the capacity is available, we will take the returned animals. Debbie said there is currently a list of people waiting to hand over their animals to the shelter. “We ask that if people need to find a new home for their animal, they contact local rescue groups like the RSPCA or the Port Macquarie Animal Welfare Service before contacting city council to surrender their animal. not for the animals to be abandoned, so finding a suitable new home for them is what we encourage people to do. The Port Macquarie Animal Shelter posted on its Facebook page on June 23, announcing that the cattery was at full capacity. “We have a very long list of people who have to surrender. their cats and unfortunately we cannot take them until our cattery has room. Local rescue groups are also at full capacity, “the post said. Two factors, Debbie said, are contributing to the high number of animals being handed over to the shelter.” The housing crisis is impacting the number of people needing to relocate pets. because it is difficult to find a rental that accepts animals. “Additionally, we believe COVID-19 is also having an impact because people who had pets when they were at home now spend less time at home and cannot care for their pets. of company. The Port Macquarie Animal Shelter takes every opportunity to repatriate animals that end up in the facility. “We accept as many animals as possible at the shelter and do everything we can to find them a home. Unfortunately, we can’t keep animals for a long time,” said Debbie. “Registering your pets and having them de-exercise and microchip can help us get them home as quickly as possible.” We get a lot of pregnant cats and litters of kittens turned over to the shelter, so be a responsible owner and de-exercise your pet can help reduce the number of animals that end up in the shelter. There is also a need for animal sitters in the area, if you are interested in becoming a sitter Debbie suggests contacting a local animal rescue organization to find out more There are currently 10 cats housed at the shelter Port Macquarie Animal Shelter, if you are interested in adopting a pet and giving them a forever home, available adoptions are posted on the Port Macquarie Animal Shelter Facebook page. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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