Cat care sub­si­dies

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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