The animal abandonment crisis is affecting shelters, rescues, and pounds across NSW. Our shelter and vet clinic are overwhelmed, and our inspectors are busier than ever. To address these challenges, AWL NSW, with support from the NSW Government, is investing in an innovative Animal Care Precinct at our West Hoxton site.

The new precinct will feature three key centres:

  1. An Inspectorate Command Centre with 27 kennels and 25 cat condos, serving as the regulatory hub for the state and coordinating regional activities in Bega, Orange, and Glenn Innes.
  2. A respite centre for animals of domestic violence victims, providing 15 kennels and 25 cat condos for emergency care. We are collaborating with police, government agencies, and support groups to ensure its operational success.
  3. An overflow assistance centre to help councils and other groups deal with the rehoming of companion animals with 21 kennels and 50 cat condos to help councils rehome companion animals, providing access to AWL NSW’s animal care programs.

Development applications for the precinct have been lodged, with demolition pending council approvals. Temporary facilities will be provided at Kemps Creek during construction, with plans for a permanent veterinary facility underway. We anticipate some disruptions during this period but are committed to minimizing them.

There has been a great deal of work done so far and there is more in front of us. I would like to thank everyone involved to date and look forward to your support of the exciting and innovate initiatives that will transform the lives of abandoned and unwanted companion animals.

For your information we have attached our detailed report from our Animal Inspectorate.  Please click on the following link:

View the Report


Stephen Albin

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