While the future care of dogs currently at the Launceston RSPCA Animal Care Centre has been secured, the fate of cats and other animals remains uncertain.
On Wednesday the City of Launceston council announced welfare organisation Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania would continue dog pound and shelter services for the region, when its current agreement with the RSPCA expires at the end of December.
However, an announcement regarding expressions of interest from organisations to provide a regional cat shelter in the North, is not expected until later this month.
The Mowbray centre currently has 158 animals in its care, including 45 dogs, 83 cats, and 30 ‘other animal’ consisting mostly of rabbits and guinea pigs.
Tasmania chief executive Andrew Byrne said while the RSPCA had submitted an expression of interest to continue cat services for Launceston, it was unlikely they would be chosen.
“There is still many elements up in the air, but mostly when we leave here in December we will just be taking the pocket pets,” he said.
“So the guinea pigs, the rabbits and the likes, but at this stage it doesn’t look like we will be taking the cats.
“We are currently looking for another space, to establish a community vet clinic which will also feature an adoption clinic for the smaller animals.
“That is how it will pan out in the short term.”
The Launceston centre’s services are currently partly funded by the council, along with the associated fees and charges from impounded dogs and money received from the re-homing of cats and dogs.
In Tasmania, cat management remains the responsibility of the state government, with input from local governments.
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