The Hon Paul Toole MP
Minister for Local Government – NSW
Please increase NSW pound facilities, staff and resources by 50% in the peak annual breeding season.
The NSW Pound system manages the majority (nearly 70%) of animals that are abandoned and neglected in NSW. A large number of these animals die. By comparison, less die in private shelters that have more staff, services and facilities.
During the October to April breeding period is when most cats die. Space runs out and pounds get overcrowded. Pound managers simply do not have enough space to adequately care for the animals, leading to
- Cage overcrowding and chronic sickness . Large groups mixed in together mixing diseases and conditions, making the animals unrehomable.
- Starvation. As staff get overwhelmed and overloaded, food and cleaning are not adequate for the numbers in care. This leads to starvation and unrehomable animals.
- High death numbers. Because animals that go to pounds end up getting sick very quickly, they are harder to rehome and are more likely to be put to sleep.
- Worker and community trauma. Staff are under incredible stress from the lack of resource, community unhappiness and large “death lists” coming every day.
Commercial businesses would scale up during peak demand periods, increasing ability to manage. Though we recognise there will never be a perfect solution, there is great support to invest more in this important area.
The community request that in these peak periods, the NSW government support the pounds and community with additional staff, resources, quality food and access to vetcare.
- Additional facility, scaling out housing by acquiring or leasing additional facilities for kenneling. This will improve quarantining and management.
- Additional staff. Specifically pound hands and medical staff will ensure feeding and medication are managed as well as improving community liason to get the animals up and out of the pound and into rescue.
- Increased food and medication. Specifically more regular feeding, checking on food and medication such as flea and worming all animals on time of entry (to reduce diseases)
By increasing resources in this peak period, the number of deaths in pounds will be decreased as healthier animals get released into rescue and community. This will reduce the cost to the NSW Government, improve community engagement and better work conditions for your teams.
This petition will be delivered at 10000 signatures and or in July this year, to allow appropriate time for discussion and consultation in the lead up to kitten season.