Help more pets in need

  • We’re committed to helping PetRescue achieve their vision to create a future where every pet is safe, respected and loved; by supporting their work and coming together to bolster community initiatives such as the Community Cat Program.

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The Community Cat Program

The Community Cat Program is a groundbreaking 5 year research project, led by the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation, providing free large scale cat desexing in targeted communities, with the ultimate goal of saving more lives of rescue pets from pounds and shelters every year.

Together with PetRescue, we’re proud to be a sponsor of the first community pilot in the project; desexing, vaccinating and microchipping both owned and unowned cats. Not only will the program help increase the number of cats that are desexed, the welfare of these cats will be maintained, as well as the wellbeing of people who care for rescue pets.

Why it is so important

In most Australian shelters and pounds cats have substantially poorer outcomes than dogs with the average euthanasia rate for cats being 4x greater than that of dogs and as high as 85-98% for urban stray cats.The often unacknowledged mental health impact on rangers, pound workers and vets tasked to put down healthy pets is immense. 

We believe that the focus needs to be on prevention not treatment, given the current method of control has proved futile in lowering cat numbers. An effective way to help urban stray cats is to desex adult cats to overcome overpopulation. With fewer cats in the rescue system, it opens up space for another in need, giving them the best chance of finding a new loving home.

More than 80,000 healthy stray cats are put down in Australian pounds and shelters every year2

Be a part of the movement to improve the welfare of animals and people

Community Cat Programs are focused on science based humane cat management using targeted desexing have been extremely successful, reducing the numbers of cats entering shelters and pounds and lowering the numbers of urban stray cats in the community.

The Community Cat Program works in three key areas:

  • Large scale free desexing to help address high numbers of urban stray cats
  • Desexed cats will be given essential veterinary care: vaccinations, flea and worm treatment and microchipping
  • Those caring for stray cats are invited to become the cat’s owner
  • Following treatment, cats are left to remain in their outdoor homes
  • Assistance will be provided for cat owners who cannot afford to do it themselves, to help improve the quality of life for their furry companions
  • Promote adoption to help find loving homes for cats and kittens
  • Encourage semi-owners to consider full time ownership of strays
  • Improve neighbourhood issues involving free roaming cats

Australian research shows that 79% of people would support a trial in their area3, and if the trial proves to be successful, this will be the biggest life-saving game-changer in Australian animal welfare in our lifetime

All pets are equal and deserve to live their most fulfilled lives

Every cat deserves to live their best life and the Community Cat Program can help make that possible and positively impact those caring for them. This is a practical, yet sensitive approach that has proven to be successful internationally, reducing urban stray cat populations and lessening impact on wildlife.

By trialing this transformational approach in Australia, it will allow us to determine how community-based cat management programs can help decrease stray cat numbers in our communities, minimising unnecessary cats and kittens being put to sleep in shelters and pounds - protecting people, cats and wildlife.

The Community Cat Program March update

109 desexed female cats and kittens

  • Potentially avoiding 2,180 kittens being born in 2021

Current focus

Continuing to take bookings for Rosewood, Goodna and Redbank Plains

Current goals

Desexing 50 cats per week

Sources:

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325925081
  2. https://www.petrescue.com.au/library/articles/petrescue-stats-on-pets-killed-in-pounds
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/3311685588

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