Upgrade planned for local RSPCA

DOGGY FUTURE: RSPCA Whyalla Andre Sliedrecht, left, and RSPCA SA CEO Paul Stevenson are excited about giving the local site a makeover.
DOGGY FUTURE: RSPCA Whyalla Andre Sliedrecht, left, and RSPCA SA CEO Paul Stevenson are excited about giving the local site a makeover.

The Whyalla RSPCA is set to receive a makeover under a new upgrade which will make the building more appealing from the outside while making positive changes on the inside.

RSPCA SA Chief Executive Officer Paul Stevenson said the upgrade would address issues with the current facilities while employing a number of cosmetic improvements.

Mr Stevenson said a number of areas would be demolished and a new volunteer adoption would be established in transportables on the site.

The upgrade is expected to cost around $450,000-$500,000, with construction expected to begin within the next 12 months.

"We're getting a surveyor in pretty soon to do a full survey of the property, and we'll be talking to council to hopefully secure some support," Mr Stevenson said.

Not only will the funding injection make the facility a better place for dogs and cats, local volunteers will benefit from the upgrade as well.

"It will be a much nicer environment for volunteers ... part of attracting volunteers is having a nice workplace," Mr Stevenson said.

"This will even benefit people who just want to come down and see the animals, even if they don't end up adopting any.

"Our adoption levels in Whyalla aren't as high as we'd like, most of the animals we see in Whyalla we transport around to Adelaide to be adopted.

"We'd like to see more adoption happening in whyalla."

Mr Stevenson said the upgrade would help foster a better temperament for animals by providing them with an environment which can help lower stress levels.

"That helps us make the animals suitable for re-homing," he said.

The RSPCA have begun working with an architect on the design of the upgraded facility, and will aim to work with as many Whyalla businesses as possible in construction.

RSPCA Whyalla Regional Manager Andre Sliedrecht said he was very excited about the upgrade.

"This building has been here a long time, we've done the best we can with the resources we've got, so this is an opportunity for us to have something really nice for the community," he said.

"It does include boarding facilities for the stray animals that come off the street so that will be really helpful."