Happy tails of new animal welfare focus

In the first five months of operation, staff have helped reduce euthanasia rates and increase re-homing and reunification of lost animals with their owners.

Since the facility opened in December, the City of South Perth has rehomed 51 dogs and cats and reunited 61 animals with their owners.

A total of seven animals � two dogs and five cats � have been euthanased because they were either feral, injured or suffering chronic illness.

The Town of Victoria Park has rehomed 33 animals and reunited 66 animals with their owners, with 27 animals being euthanased, since the facility opened.

South Perth council staff have adopted seven animals and Town of Victoria Park staff have adopted two animals.

South Perth governance officer Sharron Kent heard about a very skinny great dane-cross that was picked up by council rangers after he was found wandering the streets and visited the animal care facility to meet him.

�The dog spent time at the vets in recovery, but it was love at first sight so I knew he had to come home with me, so I adopted him,� she said.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the transformation of the City�s old pound to a modern animal care centre was long overdue.

�The new facility can house more than 70 animals and includes areas for infection, quarantine, assessing areas and higher standards for housing animals.

�We have been working closely with various rescue organisations to find homes for dogs and cats which are unclaimed,� she said.