Halifax Regional Municipality will have a new pound starting April 1.

HRM council last night approved the transfer of its animal shelter contract to the Homeward Bound City Pound from the Nova Scotia SPCA.

The SPCA has held the contract, which is renewed each year, for about a decade. In a report presented to council, municipal staff said, “The SPCA did not clearly identify the costs and revenues associated with adopted animals.” The Homeward Bound group had a better overall proposal, the report said.

“The people involved have 20-plus years in the animal industry,” said police Supt. William Moore, who authored the report.