Ballarat Animal Shelter hosting Christmas Appeal 

Ballarat Animal Shelter

With the festive season fast approaching, the City of Ballarat is inviting residents to share some seasonal goodwill to ensure all of Ballarat’s four legged friends can enjoy a happy Christmas. 

Local support of the Ballarat Animal Shelter’s annual Christmas Appeal will assist with the health and wellbeing of more than 2000 dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens - and occasional turkey or goat - that the Animal Shelter cares for each year. 

Donations of food, toys, bedding and treats are welcome and can be dropped off at the Ballarat Animal Shelter (Gillingham Place, off Gillies Street, Alfredton) between 9 am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  

City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor, Cr Amy Johnson appealed to Ballarat’s animal lovers to help if they can. 

“The Animal Shelter does an incredible job with limited resources, so at this time of the year donations are especially welcome,” Cr Johnson said. 

“Many of the animals at the shelter have been surrendered or abandoned, some are lost, and others are being cared for as their owners deal with issues associated with homelessness or family violence. 

“The donated goods will help support the valuable work the shelter undertakes on behalf of our community. Importantly, all donations are shared with local animal rescue agencies and local community organisations which assist people in need and their pets. 

“We know the people of Ballarat love animals – last year around 14,000 dogs and 8,000 cats were registered with City of Ballarat. If you can, please help us support the animals which will be spending Christmas at the shelter this year.” 

In the lead up to the 2022 federal and state elections, the City of Ballarat is seeking government funding support for a new purpose-built animal shelter to replace the existing facility which is more than 80 years old and operates from a former abattoir. 

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