Sutherland Shire pet lovers will have the chance to make some new four-legged friends this weekend as part of Sutherland Shire Council’s Animal Shelter Open Day, with visitors set to be welcomed through the gates this Saturday.

The long-awaited return of this popular family event will once again provide local residents and animal lovers from further afield with the opportunity to learn more about Council’s Animal Shelter and perhaps even adopt a pet.

The day will be filled with lots of fun and educational activities, such as dog training demonstrations, face painting, a sausage sizzle and great tips from our pet educators and animal rescuers on animal safety.

Representatives from the Office of Local Government will also be in attendance on the day to offer visitors advice on responsible animal ownership, ensuring that prospective adoptive “paw-rents” can make a well informed decision before taking a new pet home.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said he looked forward to welcoming what are expected to be bumper crowds to this year’s event, with the open day returning after a two year absence due to COVID.

“Every year that Council has staged our Animal Shelter Open Day we’ve been blown away by the interest we receive from local residents keen to make some new furry friends, learn more about looking after their pets and even welcome a new pet to their family,” Mayor Pesce said.

“It’s a great chance for people to tour the Animal Shelter and meet some of the wide variety of animals we care for, to cuddle a kitten, pat a pooch and learn more about how to properly care for their much-loved pets.

Local residents who are yet to microchip their pet can also take advantage of discounted microchipping for $20, an on-the-day discount of $50. Residents bringing along their pets should ensure cats are in crates and dogs are on leads.

“Come along and meet other rescue organisations and our own fantastic team of staff and volunteers who do an incredible job year-round of caring for dogs and cats that have been abandoned, found stray or seized,” Mayor Pesce said.

“Our team provides all-important social contact for animals and work tirelessly to find much-needed homes for these animals seeking care and affection.”

Sutherland Shire Council’s Animal Shelter Open Day, held in partnership with City of Sydney Council, will be held on Saturday 12 November 2022 from 9am to 2pm, with those interested invited to attend the facility at 8 Production Road, Taren Point.