RSPCA NSW has opened a purpose-built rescue centre that will act as a hub for coordinating RSPCA NSW’s state-wide disaster response efforts.

Jointly funded by the NSW Government, which committed $912,000, and the RSPCA NSW community, the centre will also house vital equipment such as vehicles, horse floats, animal trailers, and multiple inflatable tents that will allow for increased emergency response capabilities.

Steve Coleman, CEO of RSPCA NSW, said it was a momentous occasion for the organisation as they celebrated the opening of the centre in the heart of their Sydney Adoption and Education Centre in Yagoona.

“In any emergency, preparedness is key. This centre is pivotal in RSPCA NSW’s disaster relief strategy, ensuring that we can continue to build the resilience of our state when, not if, the next disaster strikes.”

NSW has faced a number of unprecedented challenges over the past few years, including drought, bushfires, floods, and a mouse plague.

Chris Minns, NSW Premier, said the new Rescue Centre in Yagoona will be a lifesaving operation, offering a lifeline to animals in the most challenging situations we can’t possibly imagine.

“As a government, we are committed to continuing to support the staff and volunteers who do this important work.”

Tara Moriarty, NSW Minister, said the NSW Government takes animal welfare seriously, and the funding of the resources to make the new emergency centre fully operational is a strong indicator of that commitment.

“RSPCA NSW is a key partner in upholding our state’s animal welfare laws and this new centre and team will make a significant positive impact for animals impacted by natural disasters. Those animals are usually livestock, horses, backyard chickens and goats, plus dogs and cats. These animals are integral to our primary industries and part of our communities living in regional NSW.”

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