The RSPCA’s Central Coast Shelter at Somersby closed to the public on November 7 to make way for a dedicated rehabilitation centre for animals who suffer from anxiety and behavioural issues on the site.
An RSPCA spokesperson said the centre will provide a place for the long-term care and treatment of canines who need extra time, help and attention in order to build their skills and confidence so they can be ready to find forever homes.
“We see countless animals come into our care, many through our Inspectorate and community cases, with higher needs as a result of neglect, abuse and trauma,” the spokesperson said.
“With our recently announced Breeder Compliance Unit, a part of our Inspectorate tasked with investigating inadequate conditions and standards at intensive dog breeding facilities, this centre will be our base for rehabilitation services.
“We want these animals to benefit from the many open grassy areas available at the location and the peaceful surroundings away from the rush of our larger shelters.
“We will be redirecting services to our surrounding shelters at Sydney and the Hunter, as well as our Tuggerah Care Centre.
“The establishment of a purpose-built facility centred around the recovery journeys of high-needs animals is the next step we are taking in order to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help the animals that need it the most.”
The centre will provide support for animals suffering from anxiety and behavioural issues, including fearfulness, arousal, handling and touch tolerance.
“Our aim is to provide an ideal environment that will support these rehabilitation goals, and an environment that is peaceful, has plenty of outdoor space and grass for walks and play, will greatly benefit the animals in their recovery journeys,” the spokesperson said.
“The rehabilitation work will be more effective in this environment and will give our animals the best opportunity to grow.”
The animals currently located at the facility will gradually be transported to surrounding shelter locations, including the Hunter and Sydney shelters, where they will be made available for adoption when they are ready.
Adoption-ready cats will be transported to the Tuggerah Care Centre and to Petbarn locations.
“This process will take time and the wellbeing of the animals remains our highest priority,” the spokesperson said.
Animal attendants at the centre will be upskilled and become staff at the rehabilitation centre, which will be run by a Behaviour and Rehabilitation Supervisor.
Media release, Nov 12