Funding boost to help with sterilisation

What a woofer: James House with Michele O’Neill and Hillsy the guide dog.
What a woofer: James House with Michele O’Neill and Hillsy the guide dog.

Pensioners and low-income families can claim $50 towards the cost of sterilisation, after a Department of Local Government grant.

The foundation, set up by late Kallaroo woman Ruby Benjamin in 1985, works with WA vets to sterilise cats and dogs, reducing the number of unwanted animals.

Marie Bedford, who manages the foundation with husband Ken, said they had enough money to help sterilise 400 cats.

Last year, the foundation subsidised the sterilisation of about 350 cats using its own resources, including proceeds of raffles, a street appeal, grants and donations.

‘We would like to help as many people as we can,’ Mrs Bedford said.

The Cat Act requires all cats six months and older to be micro-chipped, sterilised and registered with local councils by November 1.

Cats must wear a collar and registration tag for easy identification.

Call the foundation on 9405 3905.