We have made changes to our cat-trapping services as the result of a cat vaccine shortage being experienced nationwide.
Effective immediately, we will not be conducting our usual cat-trapping across the municipality. This is to reduce the number of cats needing to be taken to shelters, particularly our pound service operator, The Lost Dogs Home, who are currently experiencing critical supply shortages.
At this time, the supply of essential cat vaccines in Australia is not expected to improve until February next year. We will actively monitor the situation and resume cat-trapping services as soon as possible.
We are continuing to work closely with The Lost Dogs home to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds, and remain committed to supporting animal welfare.
Residents who have requested a cat trap, are advised that this service has now ceased. We will not be accepting new bookings for cat-trapping at this time.
Wherever possible, residents are encouraged to consider and explore alternative options before surrendering healthy cats. This may include speaking to your local veterinary practice regarding veterinary costs, seeking support from friends or family members, or contacting a rescue organisiation for assistance.
In the event a cat needs to be surrendered, residents are required to supply current vaccination documentation for their cat when requesting surrender.
Adopting a cat, keeping your cat indoors, ensuring microchip and registration details are current, and desexing your cat, are some ways residents may consider helping during this critical time. We will provide updates to residents as the situation evolves.