The completion of Orange City Council's anticipated $1.5 million pound won't be completed until sometime next year.
Despite announcements in August that it would be fully operational by November, Council has confirmed to CWD that construction delays have set back the pound's public opening until 2021.
Council communications officer Allan Reeder said the pound was still awaiting the instalment of the site's drop boxes; cages which would allow members of the public to safely leave dogs and cats.
While staff have begun working at the facility, it would not be fully operational as an after-hours site for roaming or unwanted animals until the drop-boxes were completed.
"In due course, there will be an official opening but no date has been set at this stage," Mr Reeder said.
He added that until then the system which had been used "for some time" to help residents find lost pets and house strays would remain in place.
"Members of the public can take stray animals to the Canobolas Vet Hospital during their normal opening hours," Mr Reeder said.
"If there is a community safety issue, such as a dog attack, Council rangers will respond after hours to an emergency." However, "a stray dog wasn't considered an emergency".
The delay to the opening of the new pound has left many animal volunteers frustrated, claiming that the lack of an after-hours facility over the holiday period meant the job of looking after strays would fall to them.
"We constantly have Facebook messages to see if we can find housing for lost animals [because] they can't get a ranger [to come out]," said Larlee Ramsay - an admin of the Facebook page, 'Orange NSW Lost and Found Pets'.
"Both myself and other admin have gone out in the middle of the night to pick these animals up and keep them safe till the vet opens.
"We have been waiting patiently for this pound to be finished and open but it's getting ridiculous."
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