Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor Andrew Hope says the new Quirindi animal shelter is progressing well

COMING ALONG: Construction of the new Liverpool Plains animal shelter is underway with construction expected to be completed early next year. Photo: Supplied
COMING ALONG: Construction of the new Liverpool Plains animal shelter is underway with construction expected to be completed early next year. Photo: Supplied

Liverpool Plains Shire Council have announced the new Quirindi animal shelter should be available for use by early 2018.

The new facility is being built on a site adjacent to the Quirindi landfill and recycling centre.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor Andrew Hope said the construction work was being done by a local contractor.

“Council is pleased that the facility is being constructed by a local contractor in line with its policy to encourage local participation in its projects,” Cr Hope said.

The new facility will include improvement to dog related operations.

“This brand new Animal Welfare Shelter will include more dog runs than the old facility,” he said.

“There will be eight larger, better equipped runs which will improve operations.

“This facility will also include a proper cattery which we haven’t had in the past.”

Cr Hope also said that pet owners getting pets micro chipped was vital to the shelters operations.

“Council’s ability to reunite stray pets with their owners is greatly enhanced if micro chip details are kept up to date.

“I encourage those who love their pets to ensure they are updated when necessary to facilitate our ability to contact you if your animal ends up at the shelter,” Cr Hope said.