Abandoned dogs could have a new shelter if a proposed development is approved.

A local organisation will be able to provide temporary shelter and care for up to 100 abandoned dogs at any given time if a proposed development is approved.

Independent and non-profit organisation Red Collar Rescue has been operating out of Biggenden since 2010 but with its service growing rapidly, the team is now sourcing a new space to expand their shelter.

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the proposed development involved the construction of new facilities over four stages at 459 Garryowen Road, Farnsfield.

“Stage 1 of the proposal features the construction of a shed accommodating 40 kennels as well as the conversion of an existing double-storey shed into an office area,” Cr Sommerfeld said.

“The development also includes a caretaker’s accommodation, a car park, fencing and more.”

Red Collar Rescue provides temporary refuge and rehoming services for abandoned, abused and unwanted dogs.

In almost nine years, the shelter has successfully re-homed more than 3000 dogs.

Cr Sommerfeld said if approved, the development would also provide employment and volunteer opportunities.

“The proposal would employ about four staff and additional volunteers to assist with the re-homing of these animals,” he said.

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