Shoalhaven City Council will run the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter on an interim basis after the RSPCA abandoned shelter operations nationwide.
Without a viable alternative to manage its shelter in West Nowra, council has taken the reins.
The changeover will take place on Friday.
Ranger services manager Michael Jarman said there would be minor protocol changes, but the public won’t notice the difference.
“The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter has one of the best re-homing statistics in the state, we want that to continue,” Mr Jarman said.
“We will continue to build on the great reputation the RSPCA has had in our community. We thank the RSPCA for their contribution to the shelter over the years.”
At this stage, he is hopeful RSPCA volunteers will continue working at the shelter.
This week council will meet with volunteers, to distribute uniforms and discuss the changeover.
“It looks very promising, we’d be really happy to get all of that knowledge,” Mr Jarman said.
“We’re already in talks with groups that help to re-home the animals, we intend to keep good relationships with them.”
It is understood councillors allocated $300,000 to council’s operation of the shelter last Tuesday.
A member of council staff from the ranger's unit will work at the pound.
Council has invited organisations to submit tenders for the animal shelter, and its stewardship will be reviewed in March.
Last financial year, the shelter rehoused 1380 cats, dogs, sheep, horses, goats and even a pig. From July to end of April, the shelter has supported 1179 animals.
The shelter will move into its brand-new premises on Nowra Hill Road in June.
Set on five acres, this modern purpose-built facility provides more space and includes 20 kennels, exercise yards direct from kennels, two mum and puppy pens, 24 cat pens, stockyards, an animal treatment room a meet and greet area for adoptions, a welcome room and extra storage.