Full steam ahead for new Paws and Claws animal shelter


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An artist's impression of how the new boarding kennels and animal shelter will look. Image: Supplied.

Port Douglas’ animal shelter and refuge is coming along in leaps and bounds with final touches to the plans for the new facility almost finalised.

Paws and Claws president, Michael Kerr, said the committee is almost ready to lodge the building approval for the new centre on Teamsters Close in Craiglie.

“We are now waiting for the report from the acoustic engineers to finalise the design,” Mr Kerr said.

“We are hoping to have the acoustic reports this week so the architect can finalise the products required to ensure we fit with Councils conditions.

“We can then lodge plans for approval and go out to tender”

While things are moving forward behind the scenes, Mr Kerr said they are still looking to gather more funding for the building and operations of the new centre.

“We still require some money,” he said.

“It was very generous of Warren Entsch to pledge what he has and that federal money will go a long way but because of the specialist requirements of the building, will foresee we will need more.

“We are looking everywhere from donations, philanthropic contributions and other places. Worse case we will look at borrowing to ensure the facility is open as quickly as possible.”

Paws and Claws have also made an effort to attract new members to their cause by reducing membership fees to $5.50 per annually.

“This is to give everyone in the community an opportunity to become a member to participate in the best year we’ve ever had,” said Mr Kerr.

The Paws and Claws Charity Shop in Mossman will also be receiving a facelift with the committee taking on the lease for the shop space next door to 37 Front Street

The two shop spaces will be joined via a doorway, allowing the charity shop to sell twice as much to raise money for the shelter.

Mr Kerr also wanted to extend his thanks and gratitude to the following businesses who have helped with the design and building process and whose help he said has been invaluable for the project.

He thanks Sequel Consulting Engineers, Gilboy hydraulics, GMA Certification Group, Brad Pinches Building Consulting, Therian – Vet and animal husbandry specialist and especially Danny Vos for their hard work and time.

To find out more about Paws and Claws or to support the animal shelter, check out their website for all information.

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