Our Concept Plan
Mid West Region Combined Cat Management Facility & Cat Shelter
We know that:
There are documented health benefits to owning a pet and cats are particularly suited to our seniors, people with disabilities, the lonely and the busy in our community. There are hundreds of lost and abandoned cats living in the streets, under houses, in parks and behind restaurants in the Midwest. These cats, while often called ferals, are mostly domestic cats that can be re-socialised to live with people. ‘Feral’ cats in outer areas are largely the outcome of people not taking responsibility for their domestic pet cats in the towns and cities. Feral cats in environmentally sensitive areas can kill wildlife and damage populations of endangered small animals
We want to:
Ensure the humane treatment and welfare of cats in the region. Rescue and re-home lost, abandoned and mistreated cats to caring new homes. Educate people in responsible cat ownership. Reduce the numbers of feral cats in our region through community education and sterilization programs
Cat Act 2011:
Came into effect 1st November 2013.
Creating a new law will not reduce feral cat numbers or change behavior. It takes much more than that to change the way people ‘own’ or take responsibility for their cats. It will require a community wide, integrated approach to cat management that includes implementing the law, wide ranging community education programs and effective cat management strategies.
The local city council is required to establish a facility to impound stray cats until an owner is located. A local group (Midwest Cat Shelter) wants to establish a Cat Shelter to re-home suitable unwanted or mistreated cats, educate the community and support responsible pet ownership. It would be much more cost effective and user friendly to establish one combined facility than to build two identical facilities with different uses.
The development of our first Cat Management Facility, is a unique opportunity to offer the Midwest a much broader, more holistic service that; takes into account current community expectations around animal welfare, addresses aspects of sustainability, has social, economic and environmental benefits. Mid West cat Shelter would develop partnerships with a variety of organisations/services that combined, can help to provide an integrated approach to cat management including rescue and re-homing services.
Organisations/partners may include:
– Local Government
– Local vets
– Boarding facilities
– Cat Sterilisation Society
– Interested community members/volunteers
– Centrelink ‘work for the Dole’ Volunteers
– TAFE Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care departments
Outcomes of this integrated approach to cat management
Offer some long term solutions to the stray cat problems we have been struggling with in the region. Monitor and control ‘street cat’ populations. Help reduce the overall cost to the environment in lost wildlife by reducing the flow of abandoned cats to the bush.
Sanction the known health benefits of pet ownership. Increase community awareness of Animal Welfare issues. Educate the community in responsible pet ownership. Increase community participation and volunteer rates. Offer opportunities for work experience to TAFE students. Engage the unemployed in work for the dole or other voluntary work experience schemes. Harness the energy and experience of the seniors in the community.
Massive savings in comparison to developing two separate facilities. Reduced costs to ratepayers. Reduce the overall costs to the local city council in euthanasia through re-homing. Ongoing income from the local city council contract to support the shelter, make it more financially sustainable and less reliant upon grants and donations long term