Singapore

Facilities will house 7,000 animals

The Government will be building and leasing out two-storey animal shelter facilities at Sungei Tengah Road and opposite Farmart, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said yesterday in response to The New Paper's queries.

The development will help cover nine animal welfare groups, 29 pet farms and several independent shelters in Loyang and Seletar that now collectively house about 6,000 to 7,000 animals.

The AVA said the Government understood that it may be challenging for animal welfare groups and pet farms to raise enough money to tender for land and build their own facilities, so the move will help ease their cashflow as they will not need large upfront capital.

FACILITIES

The land area of the facilities will be about 3ha and construction will begin early next year, the AVA said.

It estimates that monthly rent will be about $13 per sq m.

The final cost will depend on the design and the contractor's tender prices.

Pet farms will have to tender for the units and their rental will be based on their tender bids.

The priority is to house the existing animals in Loyang and Seletar.

The AVA will consider leasing out to other animal welfare groups and pet farms in other areas in future if there is sufficient space.

It is seeking the views of the groups and pet farms on the design specifications, and will continue to keep them in the loop.

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