Sally Rogers, of Happy Paws Haven at Eatonsville, amid some of the fencing erected at the property.
Sally Rogers, of Happy Paws Haven at Eatonsville, amid some of the fencing erected at the property. Jojo Newby

Epic task for Happy Paws

HAPPY Paws Haven has the money it needs - now it's just a race against the clock.

With one week left to meet a series of court-ordered requirements, owner Sally Rogers said the animal rescue and re-homing centre was on track to finish in time.

Almost.

Ms Rogers said she was still waiting for the delivery of a customised pet sick bay and ventilation system at the Eastonville site, and had flagged the possibility of missing the August 14 deadline by a few days with the Clarence Valley Council.

"We're getting there, we've got enough money now to pay for the final bits and pieces," she said.

"I hope to the have sick bay delivered next week, and the ventilation system should be here tomorrow or next Monday.

"It's all happening, we're working flat out."

Happy Paws was originally ordered to meet a series of court-ordered council requirements to minimise noise and improve shelter materials at the site by May, but was granted a three- month extension by the Land and Environment Court in June.

The final deadline for the no-kill animal re-homing shelter is August 14.

In June the shelter still needed to raise $6000, and Ms Rogers said it had only been made possible due to a couple of "very generous" donations last Wednesday.

While the construction requirements are near completion, Ms Rogers might have a tough time reducing the number of adult dogs in the shelter to eight by the deadline.

Twenty adult dogs are homed at the shelter, as well as seven 10-week-old puppies.

"It's going to be achievable, we've got to make sure it's achievable," she said.

"We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"It's more than a glimmer."

Once the construction is complete, the shelter will be working towards a November 14 deadline to upgrade their computer and reporting systems and behavioural assessments.

Ms Rogers said her next goal was to buy the property behind the shelter and move the dogs further from neighbours.

Socrates Domatas, who lives across the road, said the noise produced by the shelter hadn't changed and he couldn't see how it would.

"The problem is the amount of dogs, she's got to cut down," he said.

"The numbers for Happy Paws Haven might come down, but the numbers of dogs on the property will not change."

Mr Domatas said his problem with the rain run-off from Happy Paws Haven entering his dam had fallen on deaf ears.

"Council is just concerned about fixing noise first and then seeing where they're going to go from there," he said.

Clarence Valley Council has declined to comment on the matter.



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