Shire of Northam offers subsidies for cat owners to meet regulations

Shire of Northam offers subsidies for cat owners to meet regulations

CAT owners in the Shire of Northam can take advantage of subsidies to help them meet regulatory requirements.

Cats aged over six months have to be registered with a local government, sterilised and micro chipped under the Cat Act.

The Shire has partnered with local vets in recent years to help people to comply with the current law.

Previously funding help was provided by the Department of Local Government and Communities however the council has agreed to fund the current program separately.

Local vets Bakers Hill Animal Hospital, A Country Practice Vets and Northam Veterinary Clinic are supporting the program through discounting their rates for sterilisation and micro chipping.

The discounts have allowed the Shire to offer $100 vouchers toward each newly registered cat.

Owners are then required to contribute a further $100 to veterinary costs.

If the owner has a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card the voucher will be increased to $150.

Shire chief executive Jason Whiteaker said the program was an important initiative.

“Indiscriminate breeding of cats creates a significant environmental concern,” he said.

“Feral cats decimate wildlife and threaten the biodiversity of our region. We urge all residents with cats not yet registered to get behind this programme, as much for the welfare of their own pets as for that of our wildlife.

“The previous programs have been successful with over 170 cats being sterilised. The council has funded the current program independent from the State Government. In addition the increased funding available to Pensioner and Health Care Card holders will make it more attractive for those owners to become involved.”

The program is planned to on June 30 next year, or when available funds are used.

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