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RSPCA in NSW set for $10.5m funds boost

RSPCA shelters across NSW are getting a $10.5 million injection to improve facilities and conditions for animals, staff and volunteers.

RSPCA CEO Steve Coleman said the upgrades “will help us to help every animal that comes through our doors for decades to come”.

“Our facilities not only provide shelter and vet treatment for animals, they will help us to continue to support, educate and help communities across NSW in responsible pet ownership and animal welfare,” he said.

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock announced the funding on Tuesday saying it would help the RSPCA carry out “its invaluable pet adoption services, community assistance programs and animal rescue services”.

Works include a dog playground and COVID-safe outdoor public waiting area at Yagoona in Sydney’s southwest, veterinary hospital upgrades at Broken Hill and the Hunter, a new cattery at Illawarra and cattery upgrades at Coffs Harbour and Orange.

The funding will also bolster the investment RSPCA NSW has made into bushfire emergency response infrastructure, including an emergency response centre at Sydney and a purpose-built wildlife and companion animal facility at Katoomba.

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