At the May council meeting, a tender to run the pound services was awarded to Canine Country Kennels. The service will change to the new operator on July 1, 2016.
Wodonga will still have a pound service, with the same operator used by AlburyCity, and Wodonga rangers will still carry out animal management in the city including collecting and returning pets, dealing with dangerous and restricted dogs, investigating disputes and fulfilling the council’s legislative obligations. Registration fees will continue to cover this and the costs of a pound service.
One in three dogs picked up by a ranger go straight back home (258), 77 per cent (404) of the dogs that go to the pound are collected by their owners and another 19 per cent (101) are rehomed. Four per cent are deemed unsuitable for homing and are euthanised (21).
Wodonga Dog Rescue will have the same access to unclaimed animals at Canine Country Kennels as they did at Wodonga Pound and have the opportunity to work alongside other rescue agencies presently working with the new operator.
Our city has outgrown the building which it is also not suited to the long stays or the code standard required of an animal shelter. Its location, inside the Waste Transfer Station site, restricts its use as a community facility as public access is limited after hours and some public holidays.
The council spent the past 12 months undertaking an expressions of interest process and then a formal tender process. This was widely publicised in the media and discussions were held throughout with Wodonga Dog Rescue.
Wodonga Dog Rescue was offered guidance on submitting an EOI. The group declined to do so and council respects their decision.
The pound is located in Kane Rd, Wodonga at the Waste Transfer Station (view map).
The facility is not manned and any animals kept at the pound can only be viewed from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
You must be accompanied by a ranger and not a Waste Transfer Station staff member.
All lost animals can be viewed on the website
If you think your animal is in the pound, please call into the reception area at our city offices at 104 Hovell St, Wodonga or phone our customer focus team on (02) 6022 9300.
We will then contact the ranger to arrange a viewing of your animal if needed.
All penalities must be paid in full at our city offices before pick-up arrangements can be made.
For circumstances where an unregistered animal is not being picked up by their owner, the third party needs to fill in the agent's details on the new dog/cat registration form.
Registered animals not being collected by their owner will need the third party to complete the agent details declaration on the pound release form and provide suitable identification.
Any unclaimed animals will be assessed for suitability for rehousing by Wodonga Dog Rescue and these will become available for adoption through Wodonga Dog Rescue.
Last updated: 15-06-2016
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