Like dogs, every cat deserves a responsible owner.
But sadly, we’re facing a major cat overpopulation challenge in South Australia – leading to poor animal welfare outcomes for far too many cats and kittens.
Widespread cat overpopulation also places intense pressure on neighbourhoods and councils, as well as animal welfare charities.
We need a statewide action plan to solve this crisis.
That’s why we have partnered with the RSPCA, to develop a pragmatic and comprehensive cat management plan for South Australia that we believe provides clear and achievable steps for creating much-needed positive change.
What’s in the plan: 26 action points for positive change
Effective cat management will require a long-term and consistent statewide approach. Change is essential, but it won’t happen overnight.
Our detailed Cat Management Plan for South Australia outlines 26 actions for increased collaboration between cat owners, community members, councils, animal welfare charities and other stakeholders.
The actions include:
- Increased promotion of responsible cat ownership.
- New measures to help curb unwanted breeding, increase cat identification and better control cat roaming.
- Strategies to increase cat rehoming, reduce surrenders and abandonment and lower the number of un-desexed stray cats in SA.
- Legislative changes to make cat management practices consistent across SA, along with proposals to increase funding for cat management.
- Research to ensure the plan’s action points are effective.
While we know that cat management is a complex challenge that will take time to effect, we believe increased council engagement and responsibility is a vital step in adopting a consistent approach.
Our community can no longer ignore this burgeoning animal welfare issue, and charities such as ours can’t continue to carry the burden of responsibility with no long-term solution in place.
We’ve created a detailed ‘frequently asked questions’ document to help you.