NRAS gets its land
IT HAS taken nine years, countless fundraising days and the generosity of residents from right across the region, but the Northern Rivers Animal Service has finally secured land to build its own animal shelter.
The organisation’s secretary, Robyn Mostyn, said they were ‘over the moon’.
Ballina Shire Council has officially accepted an offer from charity to buy its existing animal shelter in Piper Drive for $340,000.
The organisation’s first offer of $280,000 was declined by the council.
Ms Mostyn said NRAS would need to spend ‘at least another $300,000’ to upgrade the facilities.
“Soon there will be new standards that have to be met, so we really want to build for the future,” she said.
“But this is a huge step forward for us.
“We are now well on our way to what has been our goal since starting in 2001.
“This has been made possible by our great volunteers, who have been working hard to achieve this, and who are now extremely excited as this next chapter unfolds.
“We’ve also had some very generous benefactors.
“What we need now is for the locals of the region to get behind us.
“But we know that once we get our shelter built we will be able to attract a lot more volunteers.
“Recently we had a dog, Juno, who gave birth to 12 puppies the day after coming into care.
“Thankfully, a room that Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital have let us use over the past year was used as the birthing room and somewhere for Juno and her pups to be cared for.
“With our own shelter, people that want to help but can’t be carers will be able to come along and answer phones, feed the animals and do other jobs for us.”
NRAS is hoping to find a solicitor to help finalise the land purchase, as well as planners and designers who may be able to help get the project off the ground.
For more information phone 6681 1860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.