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Tragic cost of unwanted cats

The Mercury Feb 2, 2013

Ingrid Tebb is devoted to helping her feline friends.

THE stories are all too familiar the young girl, pregnant, alone and homeless, trying to find her way in a world that has abandoned her and turned its back, deliberately blind to her plight.

Then there’s the old fella living on the streets. His eyes light up each time someone approaches as he remembers a warm bed, a fire maybe this is the one.

But now there’s nothing but hard ground and harder faces. He was loved, once, but something went wrong and he lost his way. Then there are the youngsters left alone by their mum. She’s not coming back, and no one else is prepared to take on the responsibility, so they huddle together in terror of what is to come a life in a frightening wilderness where they will exist hand to mouth, dying most likely of an illness or injury so much before their time.

These are just some of the stories that drew me to the Hobart Cat Centre and the stories that keep me coming back, because sadly, they never change.

It has been more than 13 years since I first began my commitment to the felines of this state and in that time there have been some big steps made the advent of microchipping, new legislation, education and increased awareness but there is still so much more to do.

We face an ongoing battle, for although there is so much information out there, we are constantly confronted with deliberate and brazen ignorance that’s enough to make you weep. READ MORE HERE

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NSW Government must aim for zero euthenasia of healthy pets – Greens NSW

Media Release – Cate Faehrmann, October 9, 2012

Responding to reports of high euthanasia rates at RSPCA animal rescue facilities, Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says that ultimate responsibility for high euthanasia rates of companion animals rests with the NSW Government because of inadequate regulation of the pet industry and the resulting over supply of domestic cats and dogs.

“It is heartbreaking to know that so many cats and dogs are being euthanised for no good reason. The government needs to urgently address the source of the problem: over supply from greedy puppy farms that aren’t regulated effectively,” said Ms Faehrmann. READ MORE HERE

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Things are grim on pets’ death row

Adam Hegarty; From:The Advertiser; November 25, 2011

MORE than 13,000 dogs and cats were destroyed in South Australian shelters last year, as their owners abandoned, neglected or failed to microchip their pets.

Dog and Cat Management Board euthanasia figures, released for the first time to The Advertiser, show about 3800 dogs of the 10,315 admitted to RSPCA and Animal Welfare League shelters were destroyed in 2009-10.

Of the 13,300 cats admitted to shelters, 9310 were destroyed, mainly as a result of many more feral cats being caught. The figures equate to an average of 10 dogs and 25 cats being destroyed each day.

Cats and dogs are primarily destroyed when they are considered “unsuitable” to re-home because of behavioural or health problems.

RSPCA SA chief executive Neale Sutton said every animal admitted to shelters underwent testing before its future was decided, in a concerted effort to prevent healthy animals without major behavioural issues being killed.

 “The hardest part of our work is having to euthanase animals. It is absolutely heartbreaking for our staff and is never a decision that is taken lightly,” he said. READ MORE HERE

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DEATH TOLL A POUND OF PAIN

Daily Liberal, LISA MINNER; 05 Jul, 2012

ABOUT 50,000 cats and dogs are euthanised in NSW annually so Dubbo-based lawyer for Companion Animals, Anne Greenaway, is demanding more pets to be desexed and is calling for backyard breeders to be licensed and regulated.She said the kill rate could be reduced by breeders and pet owners desexing their litters.

“People don’t appreciate the connection between backyard breeding and not desexing their animals and the high animal euthanasia rates,’’ she said.“Go check out some of the local noticeboards around town – there’s a never-ending supply of dogs and cats for sale – or free to good home.“Too many cats and dogs are seen as disposable commodities that can be thrown away when the puppy or kitten phase is over, rather than a commitment for the life of the animal.”

The Dubbo City Council’s 2011 figures (January to December) reveal 225 cats and 41 dogs were killed at the Dubbo City Animal Shelter.

The combined NSW RSPCAs saw 13,031 cats and 8209 dogs killed. The rest of the euthanised animals came from other (council) pounds and shelters within the state.

She said people mistakenly believed that if animals end up at the pound the RSPCA will find them a good home, which was not always the case.

Ms Greenaway said the RSPCA pounds and shelters are burdened with an unnecessary excess with the shame laying squarely at the feet of irresponsible owners and unethical breeders.

The lawyer said she believed breeders who do not desex their animals fall into three categories- ethical purebred breeders who are selective about who they supply to, puppy farmers who do not care what happens to the animals after they have made a quick buck and those “who probably do care” but are not seeing the long-term effects of the breeding cycle they perpetuate.

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Too many companion animals are put to sleep each year by overstretched rescue groups

Adelaide Now,Tory Shepherd; September 24 2012

English bulldog

It is not as easy as you’d think to work out why the RSPCA’s ‘kill rate’ for companion animals is so high with oversupply, negligent owners, mistakes, feral animals and stretched resources all being part of the equation. Picture: Thinkstock Source: Supplied

MY childhood dog, Neddy, had manky bald bits and he’d scoot across the lawn on his bum whenever we had company.

He was partial to trying to have sex with inappropriate things. But we could dress him up and he’d sigh with martyred forbearance and let us photograph him.

Our cats were called Soft and Stupid, and Hard and Hairy.

Now we have Sangio, and even thinking of him dying makes me ache (though after last week I hesitate to use the words “dog” and “love” in the same sentence).

He’s a little crazy, a little too clever. When I write at home he lies across my feet and when we go away without him he takes days to forgive us.

When he was younger he’d get so excited to see us, or visitors, that he’d lose control of his bladder.

 This unfortunately generally coincided with the moment at which he was jumping up on them, so several people have been victims of this firehose-like spraying. It’s a sign of affection, of course.

Most of us love our pets and treat them like part of the family. But animals are an industry, so selfishness and profit creep in. READ MORE HERE

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Vets recommend rounding up stray cats for desexing

Herald Sun; Richard Noone, Amanda Pappas, From:The Daily Telegraph; September 08, 2012

PEOPLE should consider a vigilante-style approach to rounding up stray and semi-feral cats for compulsory desexing at shelters, a leading veterinarian said.

As pounds brace for the annual influx of unwanted pets ahead of the summer breeding season – typically from September to April – RSPCA spokesman Dr Norm Blackman said stray and semi-feral cats were the main source of kittens dumped at shelters, which led to higher euthanasia rates.

“Population control is very difficult and to be effective it will require substantial commitment and resources,” Dr Blackman said. READ MORE HERE

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Animal Aid urging all pet owners to desex pets now

Lillydale and Yarrow Valley Leader – 14 Jun 12, Diane Falzon

Leading animal welfare organisation, Animal Aid, is urging all pet owners to desex their pets to minimise accidental and unwanted litters.

This initiative is offered in conjunction with the National Desexing Month launch in July across Australia.

Animal Aid, in Coldstream, is offering a 30 per cent discount for the whole of July to encourage all pet owners to desex their pets and not be responsible for the overpopulation of domestic cats and dogs.

If this imbalance is not addressed it will continue to result in the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals in shelters and pounds. READ MORE HERE

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