Construction on Bathurst’s new Bathurst Animal Rehoming Centre (BARC) is nearing completion.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Mayor Robert Taylor visited the development at Kelso to see first-hand progress on the $3.2 million project.
Mr Toole said the Animal Rehoming Centre signals the start of a new era for the management of companion animals in the Bathurst region.
“BARC will provide a modern, large-capacity facility centre with a welcoming customer environment and exceeds expectations for animal welfare outcomes,” he said.
“The small animal pound has had a very successful rehoming program in recent years and this new facility will only boost this vital program.
“BARC will feature an adoption pavilion and companion animal education facility will be a first in regional NSW incorporating a purpose-built facility aimed at maximising opportunities for animals to find their forever home.
Mayor of Bathurst Robert Taylor said adoption rates are on the rise.
“Rehoming of stray dogs and cats is becoming a more and more popular option for people looking for a pet and in years to come I am sure many companion animals will find their forever homes at this new rehoming centre,” said Mr Taylor.
“BARC will also include an area designed to host educational and pets as therapy workshops with members of the community which is great for community engagement.
Bathurst-based business Regional West Constructions (RWC) are completing the project.