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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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Queensland animal shelters struggle as thousands of unwanted pets dumped

Kristin Shorten From: The Courier-Mail December 06, 2010

THEY are affectionate and adorable, yet more than 15,000 cats and kittens have been dumped at animal shelters in the past year.

RSPCA Queensland spokeswoman Anna Hartley said November had marked the start of cat-breeding season and shelters across the state were now buckling under the weight of a ”kitten tsunami”. READ MORE HERE

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Pets dumped for the holidays

ABC News, Mon 4th Jan 2010

Canberra’s RSPCA received a record number of domestic animals in December.

 More than 600 pets were surrendered to the animal shelter by their owners last month.

 Young rabbits, mice, rats and kittens were the most common animals given up.

 RSPCA spokesman Michael Linke says it is frustrating when owners dump their pets simply because they have not organised anyone to care for them while they go on holidays.

 “It seems odd to us but it does happen,” he said.

 “People don’t make arrangements, people forget to book in a house-sitter or forget to book into a local cattery or kennelling facility.

 “Then all of a sudden it gets to a couple of days before their holidays, they have no idea what to do with their animal so they take the easy option and leave it at RSPCA.”

 Mr Linke says many of those owners will purchase new animals.

 “Invariably those people will then go to a pet shop or go to a classified advert in the new year and acquire a new pet,” he said.

 “Nine times out of 10 that pet won’t be de-sexed and the breeding cycle will continue and next December again RSPCA will see large volumes of animals.

 “We’re hoping to try and solicit some change of this attitude over time.”

 Feline boom

 Mr Linke says there is also a feline population explosion in Canberra at the moment.

 The animal shelter is overrun by 250 abandoned cats and kittens with another 150 cats in foster homes.

 It is a problem every summer breeding season but this year numbers are up 20 per cent.

 Mr Linke says the mild winter played a part in the population boom but lax enforcement of desexing laws is also to blame.

 “Cats need to be desexed by the time they’re three months old,” he said.

 “Our concern is a lot of cats sold through the newspaper, a lot of cats being sold in pet shops, are being sold un-desexed.”

 Mr Linke says more enclosures are being built to deal with the influx and all of the animals will be looked after for as long as it takes to find them new homes.

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Cat dumping and euthanasia soars to its highest – Cat Haven cannot cope with the amount of pets dumped

Media release, Cat Haven, Perth: 9 Dec 2009: 12 cats of Christmas

In a bid to raise awareness of pet ownership responsibilities, as well as re-home older cats that normally get overlooked at Christmas time, Cat Haven has launched a Christmas campaign.

Media and Communications Coordinator Jessica Reid said that lack of sterilisation combined with lack of commitment to care for a cat and stick by it for the duration of its life would see the dumping of up to 2000 pets at Cat Haven in only two months between December and January.

With limited capacity to hold only 120 cats at a time at Cat Haven and nowhere for the surplus to go Ms Reid said this Christmas time would see the euthanasia of around 85 percent of animals they received that had everything to live for.

“This Christmas we want to send a clear message to the public that pet ownership comes with a range of responsibilities,” she said.

“Pet ownership isn’t for everyone, you need to make sure that you can afford to keep the pet and sterilise it and that you are prepared for a 20 year commitment.

“There’s also the cost of unanticipated vet bills, food, who will look after it when you go on holidays and if you’re living in a rental property if you are allowed to let you keep a cat.”

Ms Reid said that in the twelve days leading up to Christmas, Cat Haven was profiling 12 older cats to give them an extra chance of finding a new home.

“At Christmas it’s always the older pets that miss out, because they are not as cute as the kittens,” she said.

“This Christmas, Cat Haven is profiling twelve older cats which are named in Christmas theme- we have Holly, Rudolf, Twinkle, Sparkle, Santa, Snowflake, Stardust, Elfie, Jingles, Bell, Tinsel and The Grinch all looking for loving homes.”

Ms Reid said this Christmas all cats that Cat Haven sold would be free to a good home, but only on the condition that owners bought an adoption package that start at $125 which includes essential services such as sterilisation that owners would need to purchase anyway to take care of the cat.

To see the 12 cats featured in the campaign, visit Cat Haven at 23 Lemnos Street in Shenton Park, or view them at Cat Havens website by logging onto  www.cathaven.com.au

 Media contact: Media and Communications Coordinator Jessica Reid, 0413 105 200, jessica.reid@cathaven.com.au. JPGS OF THE 12 CATS OF CHRISTMAS ARE AVAILABLE TO EMAIL IF REQUIRED.

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Council warns against unwanted pet presents

ABC News, Dec 7 2009

The Rockhampton Regional Council is urging residents to think twice before giving someone a pet this Christmas.

Councillor Tony Williams says many pets are often abandoned after the holiday period.

He is asking residents to consider the responsibilities of pet ownership.

“We as council are the last port of call, we often see a large number of dumpings over the Christmas period, so really consider, if you’re giving a pet for a present, to make sure that the person that receives that gift, they are fully aware of the responsibilities of owning a pet,” he said.

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Fundraising aims to cut pet adoption cost

ABC News, Dec 4 2009

A Horsham woman is raising money to subsidise the cost of adopting animals from the Horsham pound.

Earlier this year, the pound changed its method of euthanasia for animals from shooting to lethal injection and has started a rehousing program.

But Lydia Ward says the costs of desexing can run the cost of adopting animals to several hundred dollars and she is raising money to help offset the expense.

She says in the past two weeks more than 30 cats and kittens have been destroyed because homes could not be found for them.

“I’ve done two markets so far which have been really successful and generated a lot of interest,” she said.

“People have purchased quite a bit which has been really good.”

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Dead dogs walking get reprieve

Nick Galvin, December 23, 2008, Sydney Morning Herald

WITHIN about 100 metres of Monika Biernacki’s property at Ingleside you may as well turn off the GPS, open the car window and follow your ears.

This is a semi-rural part of Sydney with houses spaced wide apart on big blocks – which is a good thing, because the 100 or so dogs whose barking will guide you the last part of the journey to Monika’s Doggie Rescue make one hell of a racket.

It was always noisy, Ms Biernacki said, but as Christmas approached the number of dogs – and the noise – rose markedly.

“At this time of year it is frantic,” Ms Biernacki said.

“People get rid of their dogs before Christmas, not after Christmas. They do it because they are going away and they don’t want to pay boarding fees.”

The animals come from “death row” at various council pounds, and if it was not for Ms Biernacki their only future would be a lethal overdose of sedative.

Between 15 and 20 dogs arrive at the centre each week, a volume that is threatening to overwhelm Ms Biernacki and her volunteers.

“We just can’t cope with the oversupply,” she said.

“It’s just out of control.”

However, all the dogs will ultimately be rehomed, because, unlike most other centres, Ms Biernacki operates a strict no-kill policy.

“The no-kill way is the harder road. It’s much easier to say, ‘Well, the dog has been here for so many months so we’ll get rid of it and try with another one.’ But I think educated people realise there is a better way. You can’t just dispose of an animal because it doesn’t suit you. You don’t get rid of your kids because life gets too hard – so why should you get rid of your pets?”

And on top of her determination never to see a dog euthanased, Ms Biernacki makes her task even harder by focusing on animals that are particularly difficult to rehome.

“We’ll take one-eyed dogs, we’ll take three-legged dogs. We don’t care.”

One celebrated German shepherd cross with severe behavioural problems caused by abuse took six years to rehouse.

Another strict rule is that any new owner who has second thoughts about caring for a dog can return the animal cost-free. However, very few people take advantage of this policy, a result, Ms Biernacki said, of the way potential owners were screened.

After an exhaustive round of form-filling and interviews, intending adopters get to meet several dogs that might suit them.

“We always make sure the whole family – whoever is going to be involved with that dog – comes to meet the dog. They all touch it and feel it on neutral ground. If there is any negative reaction to one family member then we don’t proceed.”

Despite rehousing more than 8000 dogs and puppies over the past 15 years, Ms Biernacki believes her services will remain in high demand until there is a fundamental shift in the public’s attitude to pet ownership.

“We have just got to change that sort of attitude that they are disposable. We are an educated country yet the way we treat our companion animals is barbaric.”

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