Shire to start cat and dog re­home trial

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

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.

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