Unwanted cats face being euthanased, warns RSPCA

Susann Kovacs ; From: The Courier-Mail ; December 10, 2009

QUEENSLAND animal shelters have no room for unwanted cats and kittens and any new arrivals this Christmas will be euthanased.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty has issued the warning saying there is no point painting a rosy picture for people dropping off unwanted pets over summer.

“Right now if they surrender a litter of kittens . . . I’m afraid they’ll be put to sleep,” he said.

Last month 604 kittens were euthanased statewide, with only 174 adopted.

Around 13,000 cats and kittens are put to sleep every year.

Mr Beatty said the organisation was relaunching its confronting “save a kitten from liquidation sale” campaign.

“There were complaints last year and there’ll probably be complaints this year and we make no apologies for that,” he said.

“Because the fact is that it worked and if we upset a few people to save 20 or 30 lives, I’m afraid that’s the way it has to be.

“Queensland Feline Association spokeswoman Jenny Weekes said they encouraged their breeders to desex kittens being sold as pets.

She said responsibilities of cat ownership also included microchipping and keeping them safely confined.

RSPCA shelters have more than 1000 moggies awaiting adoption and are seeking more carers.

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3 responses to “Unwanted cats face being euthanased, warns RSPCA

  1. selwyn marock

    Very Sad

  2. Jan Baker

    why paint a rosy picture for the public….let them know what goes on behind the scenes…..to make people aware to have their cats & dogs desexed then maybe there might be some reduction in just how many kittens arrive at shelters…..

  3. Maybe they should do what the RSPCA in Victoria did. Start thinking about animal welfare instead of making a fast buck. Victoria gave away cats free one weekend and guess what – every one of their nine shelters was emptied of cats. That’s right. They all found a home. Problem is RSPCA charge too much so most can’t afford it. See for yourself what happened:


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