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Purrfect: cat facility opens

Last updated: 8/12/2015 11:35 PM
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‚ÄčA new, $420,000 cat management facility has opened in Perth's northern suburbs.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (RSPCA) received a Cat Act Implementation grant in 2012-13, administered by DLGC. The facility was officially opened by the Minister for Local Government today.

The leading-edge RSPCA cattery in Malaga will house up to 2,000 cats a year and will be an important development for the welfare of unwanted cats in the area while also helping to reduce the negative effects that stray cats have on native wildlife.

The facility will enable local governments to provide impounded cats with treatment such as de-sexing, microchipping and vaccinations, reducing the number of animals that have to be put down.

In 2012, a total of $3.24 million was made available over two years to support the local government sector and relevant organisations to administer and enforce the Cat Act 2011.

A second round of funding in 2013-14 made $345,000 available for sterilisation programs to assist pensioners and low income earners.

The Cat Act 2011 took full effect in November 2013 and requires all cats aged.

six months and over to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with the relevant local government.

Cats are also required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.

For more information visit the Cats and Dogs webpage.