The Dog and Cat Management Board has launched a new campaign and website to address homeless cats. The website provides helpful information and suggestions about what we can all do to reduce the number of homeless cats in our state. Homeless cats are usually domestic cats who are lost or abandoned. Many are frequently or infrequently fed by well-intentioned animal lovers, but unfortunately, this behaviour perpetuates a lifestyle of danger, disease, discomfort and illness. The site also encourages you to join the discussion, share your insights, and see what other like-minded cat lovers are saying on the forum.
Responsible ownership is an important part of having a pet. We invest significantly in animal management programs and encourage responsible cat ownership. When cats are recognised as a nuisance, and the owners/property can be identified, we can only proceed to investigate the complaint if a Cat Nuisance Diary is completed. The complainant will be required to fill out a seven-day diary, noting the nuisance behaviour, along with a written complaint. Once the complaint has been received by Council, our Inspectorial Services Staff can investigate. Without a formal complaint, no action can be taken on private property.
As there is no current legislation regarding feral cats in residential areas, we are unable to control this problem unless the cat and the owner can be identified. Feral cats on private property are the responsibility of the owner. Traps are available from Council, or may be hired from the Animal Welfare League or the RSPCA.
Council provides cat cages to the public free of charge, however hiring a trap requires a $100 deposit. The deposit is fully refundable provided the trap is returned clean and undamaged. For more information in regards to the hiring of Council cat cages, please call (08) 8406 8222.
Animal Welfare League
1-19 Cormack Road, Wingfield
Tel: (08) 8348 1300
Open: 10am to 4pm, seven days a week (except Christmas Day)
25 Meyer Road, Lonsdale
Cat Shelter Tel: (08) 8382 9962
Open 10am-5pm weekdays, and 10am-2pm weekends and Public Holidays.
If you would like further information about the above, contact the Inspectorate Services staff at Council on 8406 8221 or fill out the form below.