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    I've just heard so many bad things about pounds as apposed to shelters. Is it just a coincidence of terminology or is there actually a difference? Sorry, I'm just pretty confused.

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    I'm not sure Dis, whether it differs from area to area.

    In NZ a shelter was a place that would do all it could to find new suitable homes for animals. The pound was where they went for a short period of time - if not claimed by owners - PTS.

    Fraser Coast was the same. Animal shelters did all they could to care for and rehome dogs and cats etc. The local pound was where they were all dumped and euthanised VERY quickly.

    But as I said, not sure how this works in differing areas.

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    Ohh dear. Now I see why pounds are...Yeah. Do they put animals to sleep at shelters too or only pounds?

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    In Vic a pound is a holding facility - generally the public is not allowed in and the dogs spend 8 days or so at the pound and if they are not picked up are either euthanised or send to places like the Lost Dogs Home.

    In NSW pounds and shelters operate in much the same fashion - I have rescued dogs from the ACT pound and from Renbury - Renbury is a far bigger facility but they were essentially run the same - except out of the pound you adopt a dog as is - no vet work - entire, unvaccinated, etc and the shelter does all the vet work and charges like a wounded bull.

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    Is it different in other states?

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    Dont know much about other states - only ever really worked with NSW and QLD and QLD they go from pound to shelter in some cases and in some cases the pound is the shelter - in VIC the AAPS is a pound and a shelter so they only have a limited time with their dogs before they go elsewhere

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    In NSW, impound facilities (Pounds) are managed by the local government (local councils). They also include (not all, but most) livestock and cats.

    Many NSW pounds work with rescues to re-home the animals and some have low-kill policies but these are dependant on the council. For example, at Blacktown Pound, the animals from several council areas in Sydney are impounded there including Holroyd Local Government area. Holroyd Council have a low kill policy and so dogs and catsa that are impounded from these areas are kept longer than others even though they are all impounded at the same facility.

    Renbury Farm (sounds nice, but it is also an impound facility simialr to Blacktown) also takes in animals from numerous council or local gov areas. None of these have low kill policies and so the animals are only held for the required time. The impound facility though is tendered out and a private company manages it. The staff at both the above mentio0ned pounds do their utmost to work with rescue where possible but they are restricted to a degree due to the fact they are local gov owned.

    There are others also such as Sutherland, Hawksbury and more acorss the state. The Sydney Metro pounds generally work more with rescues than the regional pounds and some pounds do not work with rescues at all.

    Edited to add - "shelter" is really a US term in my view. In NSW, we have a few rescues that are operated using large kennel facilites, but most don't. I consider the RSPCA and the AWL to be shelters in that respect, but very few others fit that category if you ask me. I would think a shelter would have a Vet on site and similar.... even our large rescues don't have a Vet on site.
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    Im fairly sure over here in WA

    a pound is what others have mentioned, run by local coucil and it's where the rangers pick up wondering dogs/cats/animals or where they go when they have attacked until further proceedings..

    Shelters over here will hold the animals for longer and also work in conjunction with the pounds for animals which were found wondering but not picked up..

    That being said about 3? yrs ago, one of the shelters was shut down (temporarily) as they had too many cats so put them all into a dark room and left them there to die, spraying them with water to keep them constantly soaked..

    Im not sure if that 'facility' has been reopened

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    In my town (regional queensland) the pound is run by the council. Lost and stray dogs are taken there. If they are not claimed after so many days they are eligible for adoption. If they are not claimed for so many days after that they are pts. (I'm not sure of the number of days, it keeps changing).

    There is an animal rescue group here who do not have the dogs pts. They don't have a physical shelter as such, all their animals are in foster care.

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