Ararat Pound subsiding animal costs

Sam Shalders

Posted Wednesday 8 February, 11:57am

With the Ararat Pound now offering a subsidised fee, there has never been a better time to give a dog or cat a second chance at a loving home

The new initiative has placed Ararat Rural City Council at the forefront of animal welfare. Mayor, Cr Paul Hooper said by subsidising animal adoption from the pound, it makes adoption of Ararat’s animals more attractive.

A subsidised fee of $100 per dog and $50 per cat is now being charged to new owners to obtain an animal which has undergone the necessary veterinary procedures.

Cr Hooper said this is reasonable, affordable, and most importantly is a balance between giving an animal for nothing and the animal being unaffordable due to vet costs.

“The biggest impediment to adoption is the cost,” he said.

“Members of the public have attended the pound and been considering adoption, and then when the fees are explained, they decide not to complete the adoption.

“The subsidised fee will make people appreciate the animal, and will lead to more dogs and cats being given a second chance by being adopted from the Ararat Pound. Our Local Laws team should be applauded for developing this strategy.”

For more on pet adoption, please visit our Animals and Pets section.