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Council commits $20,000 to Whyalla program

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CARING FOR OUR CATS: Dr Mustafa Bozkurt, with clinic nurse Kylie Murray, is supporting the desexing program.

The City of Whyalla is working with the National Desexing Network (NDN) and Dr Mustafa Bozkurt Veterinary Clinic to provide a subsidised desexing program that will help prevent thousands of unwanted kittens.

Council has allocated $20,000 towards this program to help alleviate the problem of undesexed cats breeding and contributing to the stray cat population in Whyalla. The program will be re-assessed when the funding runs out with dogs to be considered in any further funding and program extension.

Eligible Whyalla Council residents will pay just $55 to desex their male cats and $90 for female cats. To help those with many cats, additional female cats will only be $55 per cat. These are heavily discounted fees made possible by the Council subsidy.

Those eligible include holders of pension, concession or health care cards, people on low incomes and people with a large number of cats. Residents in need of support must phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992 to determine eligibility and be issued with a desexing voucher. Vouchers can not be obtained from the vet clinic.

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Council funds used proactively in this way, over a number of years, have been shown to reduce the number of abandoned cats in the community. The City of Whyalla already adopts a pro-active approach to stray cat control through mandatory micro-chipping, registration and a 10pm curfew.

Council Senior Compliance Officer Rachel Coles said the program was designed to help those that might struggle to afford the regular desexing fee. The service is being kindly provided by Dr Mustafa Bozkurt Veterinary Clinic and only available until the funding is exhausted.

“This fantastic program will assist residents experiencing financial hardship to desex their cats,” Rachel said.

“Every year we see many cats and kittens surrendered by their owners as a result of the unplanned pregnancy of their cats.

“Desexing saves so much heartache when it comes to unwanted kittens and ensures your cat, or cats, live a longer and safer life.”

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Dr Joy Verrinder, NDN’s Strategic Director, urged everyone to desex their female cats early, as cats can be pregnant by four months of age.

“Kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and one kilogram in weight,” Dr Verrinder said.

“Desexing adult cats also helps reduce their desire to roam and get into fights, thus preventing expensive veterinary bills.

“We also encourage anyone who is feeding a stray unowned cat, to take ownership and desex it.”

The NDN is managing the program in Whyalla.  Residents in need of support can phone the National Desexing Network on 1300 368 992 to find out if they are eligible to receive a desexing voucher.

NDN CO-OPERATIVE CAT DESEXING PROGRAM

PURPOSE ... 

This targeted ongoing low cost desexing program to help residents in needprevents abandonment and euthanasia of cats, reduces numbers of wandering, unowned and feral cats, reduces Council costs of collecting, holding and euthanasing or rehoming unwanted cats, and supports breeder permit and desexing legislation and reduction in wildlife predation. This program has focussed on cats due to their faster breeding rate and higher intake and euthanasia rates of kittens and cats. However, it can also be developed to apply to dogs.

HOW IT WORKS ...

Council funds an annual amount to subsidise desexing costs for cat owners in need including:

* holders of pension, concession or health care cards

* people on low incomes

* people with large numbers of cats

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