RSPCA Qld Animal Care Centre will officially reopen on Thursday October 25th.The old centre closed on March 5th 2017 and a number of unforeseen delays meant the construction took slightly longer than expected.
“But we believe it was better to get it right first time rather than having to tweak areas once it was open”, said RSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend. “We’re truly delighted with the end result and it’s a major win for the animals in our care.”
The new centre has 28 adoption areas for dogs, 24 boarding kennels, 6 quarantine pens and three “black tag” kennels. “Black tags” are animals that have been seized by the Inspectorate and may be awaiting court cases. Cats too have the same number of adoption and boarding areas. There are also three designated dog exercise yards and an outdoor area for cats.
Cairns Regional Manager Rob Harvey is also enthusiastic.
“It’s much more streamlined and the facilities are not only more animal friendly, they’re more people friendly, enabling us to do our work more efficiently and consequently improve animal welfare. Whereas before we struggled with water pressure, electricity and the internet, now everything actually works and we expect to save money on water consumption.
The construction of the new centre wouldn’t have been possible without the generous bequest from the Gorry family and the late Don Gorry’s cousin Bryan will make a short speech at the opening ceremony.
“We’re enormously grateful to the Gorry family, the State Government and the local community. It’s great to be back in business and once again doing our best for the animals and people of Cairns,” said Mr Townend.
Rundown of official opening:
- 10.30am Welcome and thanks for support (CEO)
- - Overview of previous facilities
- - Acknowledgement of support from State Gov and Don Gorry plus local community
- - Intro Bryan Gorry (Don’s Cousin – father’s side) to make a short speech