Staff at the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

For the first time in more than 20 years, the City of Greater Bendigo is operating its own pound and animal shelter services.

BARC – the Bendigo Animal Relief Centre will continue to operate at the 20 Pipe Lane site where the RSPCA pound and animal shelter services operated previously.

Council’s manager for safe and healthy environments Caroline Grylls said the general public should not notice any changes to the service other than a new name and new signage on the building.

“Even though it’s been a mammoth effort by the city staff to bring the service back in-house, as far as the community are concerned it is still very much business as usual,” Ms Grylls said.

BARC is committed to providing a safe and caring temporary home for lost pets and helping members of the community to find their new best fur friends.

Residents can visit bendigo or check out the centre’s featured animals in the Bendigo Weekly if they’re keen to adopt a new pet.