Cat dumping rising

Gail Heazle with Bobby. More cats have been dumped as the law deadline nears. Picture: Louise White www.communitypix.com.au d410067
Gail Heazle with Bobby. More cats have been dumped as the law deadline nears. Picture: Louise White www.communitypix.com.au d410067

‘We just received over 30 from Mundaring Pound,’ she said.

‘People have started to panic and other rescue places are already bursting at the seams.’

She said some people just could not afford the cost of compulsory sterilisation, micro-chipping and registration, and local government subsidies weren’t enough.

She said Armadale had no facility to impound cats. No places for dumped or impounded cats meant more pressure on rescue groups.

Mrs Heazle said people were leaving pets behind at rental properties and the Society was fielding calls about people worried how to prove their cat was sterilised if they had lost the paperwork over time.

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said Gosnells pound had not made any changes and it catered for dogs and livestock.

‘The City is adopting a conservative approach to the Cat Act and will comply with its obligations under the legislation,’ Mr Cowie said.

‘As a result, the City does not anticipate that there will be a requirement for additional rangers to deal with cats.’

Mr Cowie said there would be an increased demand on administrative staff and this would be monitored.

The City of Gosnells will not be subsidising the cost of sterilising or micro chipping cats, but Armadale will offer subsidies of $50 (plus GST) for cat sterilisations.

Armadale is working on an alternative way to impound cats expected to be available from December.