MANDURAH has been identified as WA’s worst area for cat dumping, as the first unwanted kittens of the breeding season begin arriving at the Cat Haven.
Hundreds of unwanted kittens were put down during the last Christmas breeding season and Haven operations manager Roz Robinson said staff at the shelter were preparing for another busy and traumatic summer.
During December 2008 and January this year, 59 cats or kittens were abandoned in Mandurah – the highest number in WA. Maylands, Belmont and Hamilton Hill also rated among the worst suburbs for cat dumping.
“After the peak cat breeding season, kittens start to filter in around about now. In December and January last Christmas the haven received around 1000 cats each month,” Ms Robinson said.
“As we can only provide a shelter for 120 cats at a time and only arrange fostering for a few, there is nowhere for the surplus to go, so you can imagine the shocking euthanasia figures. Some days our vets were having to euthanise close to 100 cats and kittens.
Ms Robinson said the public could play a crucial role in minimising the number of unwanted pets this Christmas.
“There are ways that the people of Perth can help us save these animals starting right now,” she said.
“Firstly, if you purchase a kitten make sure you sterilise it by the time it reaches five months old.
“Cats breed from five months of age so by sterilising we can break the breeding cycle and decrease the unwanted cat population.
“It’s also important to understand your responsibilities as a pet owner.
“Cats are a 20 year commitment and are not disposable commodities. They cost around $20 a week to keep, then there’s sterilisation, unanticipated vet bills, boarding costs if you go on holidays and land lords permission if you live in a rental property.
“Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can drop your unwanted pet off at Cat Haven and it will find a home, more often than not they don’t.”
Ms Robinson urged the public to buy their pets from Cat Haven or other animal shelters where the cats are health checked and sterilisation is included in the price.
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