The influx over the holiday season has forced the closure of Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter which started the 2024 New Year at capacity. In a 2 week period over Christmas and New Year more than 100 animals arrived needing shelter.
Hawkesbury currently has 64 dogs (46 are available for adoption) and 52 cats (4 available for adoption as the rest are strays waiting to be reclaimed or are on hold).
Andrew Kearns, Acting Director City Planning said 45 dogs and 56 cats arrived at the Shelter just before Christmas (22nd December) and 5th January. Luckily 10 dogs have since been reunited with their owners, 22 dogs were adopted and 11 were sent to rescue groups.
During the same period 52 cats were adopted.
“If stray animals are found, we encourage the finder to take them to their local vet clinic to scan for a microchip in a bid to reunite them with their owner,” he said.
“The shelter is always in need of towels and blankets. Cat toys would be great given that it’s kitten season.”
Hawkesbury City Mayor Sarah McMahon said: “The success of our Companion Animal Shelter is very much a partnership with the community. There’s so much everyone can do – including adopting a cat or dog and giving them a second chance and a loving home.
“Right now, our shelter is full of great dogs and cats that would make a wonderful addition to any family. Residents also play a part in making sure their pets are desexed, registered and microchipped. That way we can return lost pets to their families quickly, and local pet populations are managed responsibly.”
Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is at 10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave. Call 4560 4644 or visit Hawkesbury City Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hawkesburycitycouncil Hawkesbury Council’s Rehoming Organisation Number is R251000145
SIX OF THE BEST
Male, 1 year 6 months, American staffy Harlo has been waiting over 5 months for a home, for some reason this lovely boy keeps getting overlooked. Harlo can sit when asked, he shakes hands and walks well on lead. Harlo craves attention from his carers and has also been gentle with children he has met while at the shelter. Harlo will need a home with active owners that can take him on a daily walk and keep up with his energy levels.
Male, 7 years, American staffy Jax is a vibrant, happy guy and at 7 years of age, he certainly still has a lot of life to live. Jax will be happy with a daily walk, treats and of course lots of love. He has been social towards other dogs while enjoying his time in the exercise yard. Jax is already desexed so he can leave the shelter with you.
Female, 5 years, American staffy Medusa has been such a pleasure to look after while she has been at the shelter, but now it is time to find her a loving home! With a gorgeous staffy smile, a fun and vibrant personality, Medusa could be the perfect fit for your family.
Female, 1 year 6 months, American staffy Éclair loves nothing more than playing with water, especially from the hose as we fill her water. She would love her forever human to love water just like she does, someone who will let her embrace her inner mermaid and play with water to her heart’s content. Éclair is a very friendly girl, who will happily let you know of her presence with some loud noises and crazy body wiggles!
Male, 4 years, American staffy Cooper is a lovely well behaved boy who has been great towards the other dogs enjoying his play time in the exercise yard. Cooper loves going for walks and loves nothing more than being allowed to hang out with you.
Female, 5 years, Bull/arab mix Lara is a sweet girl who has been friendly towards the other dogs and has been very well behaved for the staff. Lara is already desexed so she can leave the shelter with you.
*If you are interested in meeting any of the dogs, please come to the shelter with your family dog and the children to meet them so that staff can be sure they are all going to get on well together.
Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is at 10 Mulgrave Road, Mulgrave. Call 4560 4644 or visit Hawkesbury City Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/hawkesburycitycouncil. Hawkesbury Council’s Rehoming Organisation Number is R251000145