The Age, Aisha Dow, July 13 2013
Darebin council will use Facebook to warn residents when impounded dogs and cats are in their “11th hour” and facing death via lethal injection.
The new strategy to save hundreds of stray and lost animals is part of a long-term push to make Darebin a “no-kill” municipality.
Cr Trent McCarthy said Darebin, which includes suburbs such as Preston and Northcote, had set a goal to reduce the numbers of unclaimed dogs and cats euthanised by 35 to 45 per cent.
Last year the council ordered the deaths of 762 cats and 119 dogs not able to find homes.
The council intends to raise awareness in neighbourhoods where there are high levels of strays, and promote low-cost desexing and microchipping.
Council will also warn neighbours when a cat trap is being used at a property nearby and encourage volunteers to foster animals that would otherwise been killed.
Then, in July, it will launch a Facebook page that will post details of a lost dog or cat as soon as it’s picked up by the ranger.
“As they get to the 11th-hour hour we will do another big burst on social media and contact foster care groups,” Cr McCarthy said.
Under current legislation in Victoria, a domestic animal has to be kept for a minimum of eight days before it is euthanised.