RSPCA NSW is set to work with ten local councils over the next four years on Keeping Cats Safe at Home.
The project aims to reduce the negative impacts that cats have on wildlife and encourages cat owners to keep their cats safely contained at home.
RSPCA NSW Project Manager Dr Gemma Ma said the mammoth project was designed to change attitudes and behaviors in the community towards responsible cat ownership.
“We are excited to be working closely with our council partners to initiate real change in the way people care for cats as companion animals.
“Our job is to help people help animals, and in doing that we can ensure our beloved pets live longer, happier and healthier lives and so too will our unique native birds and wildlife.”
Consultation with stakeholders, including councils, veterinarians, wildlife groups, cat owners and the general community is currently underway. Community members, including people living outside of the participating councils, are encouraged to submit their views about cats and how they are managed via our survey link below.
Your answers will help us keep cats and wildlife safe.
The $2.5 million grant, announced by NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean, comes from the NSW Environmental Trust’s Major Projects Prospectus.
“The program will help protect our unique wildlife, with domestic cats estimated to kill around 53 million reptiles and 61 million birds in Australia each year,” Mr Kean said.
“While many cat owners are already incredibly responsible, others appear unaware of best-practice when it comes to keeping wildlife safe.
“This vital program will help us all protect our unique wildlife, especially in areas such as bushland habitats on suburban fringes.”
The participating councils include: Blue Mountains City Council, Byron Shire Council, Campbelltown City Council, City of Parramatta Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Northern Beaches Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Tweed Shire and Kyogle Councils, Walgett Shire Council and Weddin Shire Council.
RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said, “We commend the local councils and state government for demonstrating their commitment to wildlife protection and caring for companion animals.”
“Cats and wildlife need our help, and this project is a big step in the right direction.”