Shire to start cat and dog rehome trial
Wiluna Shire is spending up to $7000 to rehome cats and dogs this financial year and reduce the number of unwanted animals roaming the streets and countryside.
The money will go to the Kalgoorlie branch of Saving Animals From Euthanasia, a network of volunteers who agree to find new homes for unwanted animals.
In a report to Council, community and cultural development director Tracey Luke said the money was budgeted for veterinary services, but the Murdoch Veterinary Clinic would not be visiting Wiluna this year.
“The Shire has approached a number of other veterinary clinics and hospitals to travel to Wiluna to conduct a sterilisation clinic, but has been unsuccessful due to lack of appropriate facilities,” she said.
“Some money from this program could be used for this activity.”
Ms Luke said Wiluna had many unsterilised animals and owners were often reluctant to have the litters destroyed, preferring to hand unwanted puppies and kittens to local residents who
Owners of unwanted litters are more likely to hand the animals over to the Shire if they know that they will be rehomed. Tracey Luke
also did not sterilise their pets.
“It is my belief that owners of unwanted litters are more likely to hand the animals over to the Shire if they know that they will be rehomed and will not be destroyed,” Ms Luke said.
“Taking the animals away from Wiluna stops the animals from being handed to another person within the town and this will lead to some reduction in animal numbers.”
Councillor Norma Ward moved and Councillor Peter Grundy seconded a motion allowing the chief executive to negotiate an agreement with SAFE to transport suitable animals on a six-month trial basis. Councillor Caroline Thomas voted against the motion, which was passed 4-1.