PLANS IN: An architectural drawing of the proposed new animal shelter in Ballina, which would be operated by Northern Rivers Animal Services.
PLANS IN: An architectural drawing of the proposed new animal shelter in Ballina, which would be operated by Northern Rivers Animal Services. Therian Pty Ltd

Shelter nears reality

PLANS for a new animal shelter in Ballina have finally been lodged with the council, following years of fundraising and negotiations by the dedicated volunteers from Northern Rivers Animal Services (NRAS).

If approved, the $400,000 development would replace the existing pound in Piper Dr.

Northern Rivers Animal Services bought the site from Ballina Shire Council earlier this year.

But because of new legislation and animal care requirements, the old building will have to be demolished and a new facility constructed.

It would include 24 kennels, six isolation kennels and seven exercise yards.

The organisation's president, Robyn Mostyn, said the volunteers were "very excited" about the new building.

"It's just going to be so good," she said.

"We are looking at maybe being in there by October now.

"It's all happening very quickly, but that's definitely a bonus for us, because we've been really busy.

"It never seems to stop for us."

NRAS held an animal adoption day at the weekend, but Ms Mostyn said it was disappointing.

"We homed two kittens and one dog," she said.

"The problem is that no-one seems to want to take the adult cats, even though they're one and two years old and they're practically kittens anyway."

Contact details

To find out more about the animals up for adoption, email nras@live.com.au, visit their Facebook page or phone 6681 1860.



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