The State Government will today allocate more than $3million to help implement cat legislation aimed at reducing the thousands of stray cats being euthanised each year and to provide for responsible cat ownership.
Local Government Minister John Castrilli said the legislation would take effect over the next 18 months.
“The Cat Act requires identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Subsidies will be available for pensioners and other health care card-holders to assist with the cost of sterilisation.
“The Department of Local Government will be working with veterinarians and other stakeholders over the next six months on the best way to provide this assistance.”
Funding is also being provided towards joint cat pound facilities and for other capital costs for local governments such as microchip readers, cat traps and ranger training.
“Efficient and cost effective means of providing these facilities are being explored in conjunction with cat welfare organisations and local governments,” the Minister said.
“This is a major initiative for the State and is a considered and measured approach to addressing an important animal welfare issue.”
There is overwhelming support for these initiatives from both cat owners and non-cat owners, as shown in the 590 submissions received in response to a consultation paper released in 2010.
Cat Act 2011 to be phased in:
provisions for local governments come into effect on November 1, 2012
cats to be sterilised, microchipped and registered by November 1, 2013
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