New cattery in Malaga will house 2000 homeless cats

UP to 2000 cats a year will be homed at a new $420,000 State Government funded cat management facility in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The cattery in Malaga should cut down unnecessary cat-deaths following the crackdown on unsterilised and unregistered cats that came in to law in 2011.

It was paid for through the Cat Act Implementation grants program, with funding for the building provided in the 2012-13 financial year.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ cattery in Malaga is “leading edge”.

“The establishment of this cattery in the northern suburbs of Perth is an important development for the welfare of unwanted cats in the area,” Mr Simpson said.

“It will also reduce the negative effects that stray cats are known to have on native wildlife.

“The facility will enable local governments to provide impounded cats with treatment such as de-sexing, microchipping and vaccinations.”

Mr Simpson encouraged local governments in the north metropolitan area to use the cattery.

In 2012, $3.24 million was made available over two years to support local government and other organisations enforce the Cat Act 2011.

A second round of funding in 2013-14 made $345,000 available for cat sterilisation programs to assist pensioners and low-income earners.

The Cat Act 2011 took effect in November 2013 and required all cats aged six months and over to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with the relevant local government.

Cats are also required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned home.