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Cat laws to target dumping

The Mercury; ANNE MATHER   |   June 30,

New laws will now allow farmers to kill feral cats.

TOUGH new cat management laws come into effect tomorrow, aimed at reducing the number of unwanted moggies in Tasmania.

Under the laws only registered cat owners will be allowed to breed the animals to reduce the number of dumped kittens turning feral.

Owners who allow their unregistered cats to breed could face fines or have their pets confiscated.

Cat owners in rural areas will be forced to ensure their cats do not wander from home. READ MORE HERE

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New laws for WA cat owners

News.com.au; KATIE ROBERTSON; PerthNow; November 02, 2011

CAT owners will now have to sterilise, microchip, and register their pets after legislation was passed in State Parliament today.

But they will have two years before having to comply with the new laws – the first in the state to deal with domestic cats.

Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the Cat Act would help reduce the number of unwanted cats euthanised each year in WA.

“The new Cat Act then gives local governments the power to deal with owners that are not responsible, including cat hoarders, and with cats that are not owned,” Mr Castrilli said. READ MORE HERE

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First litters of Christmas kittens arrive at Cat Haven

MEDIA STATEMENT – CAT HAVEN PERTH; September 2010

Cat Haven is appealing to the public to help minimise a disastrous Christmas season that sees the dumping and euthanising of thousands of cats and kittens every year. The first litters of Christmas kittens have already arrived at Cat Haven and the shelter is preparing for another busy and traumatic Christmas, anticipating approximately 2000 cats will be dumped in two months between December and January. Cat Haven spokesperson Jessica Reid said the biggest reason for the influx of kittens at Christmas time was that not enough cats were being sterilised. “Cats will breed during the warmer months and from late September onwards thousands of kittens being born, kittens that will never find homes,” Ms Reid said. “Because there is such a huge overpopulation of cats and kittens at this time of year and not enough shelters and homes to accommodate them, thousands are put to sleep,” she said. “It’s a very sad situation and completely distressing for animal welfare groups across the state, but thankfully a situation people can help us change.” Ms Reid said there were four ways people could help save lives starting now.

1. It’s very important you sterilise your cat by five months of age to prevent it having unwanted kittens and adding to the problem of overpopulation.

2. Feeding that friendly stray cat may seem kind, but stray animals will continue to breed adding to the problem, so if you don’t want to adopt the friendly moggie that hangs around your house and sterilise it, and it doesn’t appear to belong to anyone phone Cat Haven or a reputable shelter to seek further advice.

3. It’s important to understand the responsibilities of pet ownership. Cats are a 20 year commitment, 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, so there’s a lot to consider before you adopt a cat.

4. Become a foster carer at Cat Haven. Foster carers are volunteers that temporarily look after cats and kittens in the comfort of their own homes. They play a crucial role at Christmas time in looking after animals that would normally put to sleep when the haven reaches capacity. There’s no cost to foster caring other than your time and people can become a foster carer by phoning 9442 3600 or visit our website at http://www.cathaven.com.au for more information.

Ms Reid said that last year due to public support the shelter was able to save hundreds of feline lives over the Christmas period and she was confident they could do the same this year. Media contact: Jessica Reid on 0413 105 200 or email media@cathaven.com.au

 23 Lemnos Street Shenton Park WA 6008 Ph: 0413 105 200 for all media enquiries or email media@cathaven.com.au

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Stark reality of Greensborough cat cull

Diamond Valley leader; 12 Jan 10 by Saeed Saeed

 Stark reality of Greensborough cat cull

Kittens wait for a new home at the Greensborough shelter. STEVEN CRABTREE N29DV802

 IT is a small and sparse room, no bigger than 3m by 4m with a small bed in the centre.

 It is here where up to 11,000 cats are destroyed each year.

 Dr Carol Webb, executive director of the Cat Protection Society of Victoria, is quiet when she takes the DV Leader to the room as part of a tour of the organisation.

 “Cats who are deemed as wild, suffering of serious injuries and ill are taken here and we put them to sleep,” Dr Webb said.

 She said this in a matter of fact way and indeed, the way cats are euthanased in the centre is similar to falling asleep.

 One cat at a time is placed on the bench.

 The veterinary assistant would raise the cat’s leg, exposing the necessary vein where Dr Webb would inject an overdose of barbiturates.

 It only takes a moment and the cat is dead.

 No anguished moan or pleading purrs.

 The cat’s eyes close and silence returns to the room.

 Dr Webb is no stranger to this room.

 Sometimes she or a fellow veterinarian can euthanase up to 90 cats a day.

 Earlier this morning she administered a final dose to a cat that was found by a council officer.

 The cat was in agony after suffering severe injuries when it was run over by a car.

 “It is really the saddest and most heartbreaking thing you have to do,” she said.

 “Many people who have to do this go through long-term grief because of this.”

 This could also explain the high turnover of staff in such organisations.

 The Cat Protection Society of Victoria is not only a place where you can purchase a cute and fluffy kitten.

 It is here where you see the daily tragedies of an out-of-control cat population, careless owners and the cruel treatment of cats masquerading as pranks.

 “Cats don’t have the high profiles that dogs have,” said Dr Webb, who herself owns eight cats and today wears gold cat shaped earrings.

 “But they can be more emotionally giving than dogs. It’s just that sometimes you have to take the first step.”

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Debate over feral cats

Hornsby Advocate, Julie Huffer, November 18, 2009

A local vet has warned native animals will be more at risk from feral cats after Hornsby Council’s decision to award its companion animal pound service to an operator in Carlton.

Last week councillors gave Sydney Dogs and Cats Home the green light to provide services to the shire for a trial period of six months.

But Dr Chris Meany, who ran the council’s companion animal service from Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital for 12 years, said the new arrangments would be uneconomical and would deter people from capturing feral cats.

“They are not going to want to trap them and take them all the way to Carlton,” he said. “The number of feral cats in the community is likely to increase.”

However, a Hornsby Council representative said the policy adopted on November 11 would not place native wildlife at risk.

Vets will be able to dispense with feral cats without holding them for the standard seven days. And residents who have trapped a cat which is causing damage to property or native wildlife can contact council to arrange collection.

The council spokesman said Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital did not apply to continue the service when expressions of interest were called.

“Given that no submissions were received from organisations or operators in Hornsby Shire, of the three submissions received, council has determined that Sydney Dogs and Cats Home will provide the best service to meet its needs. “

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Hornsby feral and stray pets face instant death

Hornsby Advocate, Julie Huffer, 11 November 2009

CATS and dogs that stray within Hornsby Shire will no longer be housed locally, but taken to a pound at Carlton under a plan recommended by council officers.

Under the suggested procedures, animals without identification, subject to multiple offences or seized after an attack will be transported to the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home near Kogarah.

The news comes after feral cats and wandering pet cats featured in a series of Advocate reports in July.

The stories were sparked by a letter from a Hornsby Heights resident to their neighbours, threatening to trap and kill cats that were found on the letter writer’s property.

Under the plan presented to the council meeting last night, cats identified by vets as feral would be destroyed without the usual requirement of impounding them for seven days.

The recommendations are in a report to council on the outcome of expressions of interest for a companion animal pound.

Council has for many years used Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital as its impounding facility, but the service did not tender when expressions of interest were called in August for a pound, approved holding facility and pick-up and delivery service.

Responses were received from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, NSW Animal Rescue and Kempsey Park Partnership and council officers have recommended a three-month trial of the Cats and Dogs Home.

The report, by executive manager of environment Robert Stephens, recommends, wherever possible, taking advantage of opportunities for animals to be held at a local vet for a short time while waiting to be returned home by an officer or picked up by an agent.

And a number of local vets have indicated their are willing to take part in this scheme.

The report states feral cats are a continuing problem in Hornsby Shire and are extremely difficult to house and handle.

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