New supervisor takes the leash at animal shelter

4 April, 2014Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Council has today announced the appointment of Mr Warrick Dunstan as the contract Shelter Supervisor in charge of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter.

Mr Dunstan’s appointment to the position follows the temporary secondment period of Council’s own staff managing the facility now drawing to a close.

Council’s Group Manager Development Services, Nick Wilton, said Mr Dunstan was looking forward to the challenges of managing the Shire’s animal shelter.

“Warrick brings with him a great deal of experience in companion animal management from his previous roles as the Senior Ranger at Yass Valley and Queanbeyan City Councils,” Mr Wilton said.

“His key priority will be to ensure that the continued wellbeing of the animals brought to the shelter remains paramount.

“Major responsibilities of the role will include implementing revised animal management procedures in the shelter and ensuring Department of Primary Industry Guidelines for Pounds and Animal Shelters and Council’s Alternatives to Euthanasia Policy are adhered to,” Mr Wilton added.

“It will also include ways of increasing our already admirable rehoming rates and build on existing relationships with our volunteers and Friends of Wingecarribee Animal Shelter.”

Mr Dunstan’s appointment as Shelter Supervisor will remain until future management models at the shelter are considered and determined by Council.

“It’s important to note that since Council took control of the shelter in November, our rehoming rates have improved with more animals finding new homes,” Mr Wilton said.

“Our staff’s commitment in ensuring the shelter continued uninterrupted after The Lost Dogs Home announced their departure last year, and the dedication they have shown in ensuring all animals abandoned at the shelter received the best possible care should be commended.”