The Port Lincoln RSPCA saga continues. The latest round of discussions between the organisation and the Port Lincoln City Council have been ongoing since noise complaints were again raised in about 2014 and they have been drawn out every step of the way.
However it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel, with the organisation expecting to release a plan for its continued presence in Port Lincoln in the next couple of months.
The most recent development is an RSPCA move to pass on to the council the cost of transporting and re-homing unclaimed dogs released by the council, increasing the council’s dog management costs.
This is likely to in turn increase the cost of registration for dog owners, albeit by less than $3.
According to the RSPCA, these fees are mostly standard practice in the metropolitan councils and they are being introduced for rural councils in 2017/18.
In the past the RSPCA has covered re-homing costs from the sale of dogs to new owners but the RSPCA needs to cut costs to maintain a presence in Port Lincoln and it is a service the city would do well to retain.
The organisation has come up with a lower cost model to ensure dogs and cats in the region continue to be cared for and acceptable outcomes can still be found.
Despite this recent down-scaling to a more temporary holding facility, with animals only kept short-term before being transferred to Whyalla, the RSPCA seems keen to stay in Port Lincoln.
In an ideal world there would be no need for an organisation like the RSPCA but unfortunately there is and the organisation provides a vital service, not just re-homing unclaimed animals from the council and animals surrendered by members of the public.
The RSPCA also investigates cases of animal cruelty, and provides a rescue service for sick and injured animals, education programs, dog training programs, emergency boarding for victims of domestic abuse and others in need of short term pet care and programs for the aged where pets are found new homes when owners are no longer is a position to care for them.
Hopefully a new site can be found sooner rather than later and the RSPCA can continue to provide its services to the people and animals of Lower Eyre Peninsula without the noise issues that have plagued the facility at the Happy Valley Road site.