City gearing up to provide pound and animal shelter services

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The City of Greater Bendigo is gearing up to provide pound and animal shelter services in-house when the current contract with RSPCA Victoria expires at the end of the June 2019 financial year.

The change follows a growing state-wide trend by local government to provide pound and animal shelter services in-house.  In regional Victoria the City of Ballarat and the Shire of Campaspe are just two Councils that have recently brought their services in-house.

City of Greater Bendigo Safe and Healthy Environments Manager Caroline Grylls said the City does not anticipate any change to the level of service by providing it in-house.

“Come July it will be business as usual at the pound and animal shelter and all of the services currently provided will still be available,” Ms Grylls said.

“The City brought its animal ranger services back in-house in 2013 without any major changes to the service and we expect the return of the pound and animal shelter services to be a similar experience.

“RSPCA Victoria is the only organisation with the capacity to provide services of the scale required for a municipality the size of Greater Bendigo. However due to a change in their fee structure the City believes that bringing the service in house will provide opportunities for savings in the long term.

“While we expect there will be some significant set up costs in terms of compliance, accommodation and staff recruitment we are planning on delivering an efficient and cost effective service in the future.

“The City is currently working through the details for the transition which will take place from July 1, 2019.

“We thank the RSPCA Victoria for providing these services on behalf of the City for over 20 years and look forward to working with them to promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in the future.”

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