Douglas Shire Council has given Paws & Claws the green light to build a new animal shelter.
Council yesterday approved the development application for a Material Change of Use on a parcel of land just off the Captain Cook Highway at Killaloe, between Port Douglas and Mossman.
The proposal involves establishing kennels for both boarding and sheltering dogs and a cattery for sheltering cats, as well as an office, caretaker’s residence, ventilated animal-keeping pens and exercise yards.
Mayor Julia Leu said the development application approval provides certainty for an important community service.
“Council has been very supportive of Paws & Claws in finding a suitable new site so the group can continue to provide this very important service to the community,” Mayor Leu said.
“Paws & Claws needs to relocate its animal shelter and it is vital the organisation has the certainty it needs to care for and find homes for these abandoned animals.
“The committee of Paws & Claws is a band of dedicated volunteers who have been working hard to improve the facilities and the options available to the public to board animals at the facility.”
Council earlier this year released funds previously allocated to Paws & Claws to enable the organisation to build a caretaker’s cottage.