Who's for cats?

Alpine Shire Council is one of several government agencies and animal welfare industry groups that have joined together as part of the Who’s For Cats? campaign to encourage Victorians to adopt stray cats or deliver them to pounds and shelters for rehousing.

Trevor Britten, Council's Manager Community Services said there are still large numbers of unowned cats on the streets, which is a problem for all residents.

"This is a situation no humane person or cat-lover wants to see continue," Mr Britten said.

"In the Who's for Cats? campaign, we are calling for people who are feeding an unowned cat to act humanely and take full responsibility for the cat by contacting Council to seek advice on either taking ownership of the cat (registering and desexing it etc), or by bringing the cat into their local pound or shelter," he said.

"Every year around 50,000 cats are impounded and 35,000 of those are euthanased due to poor health or because homes can not be found for them."

Director of the Cat Protection Society of Victoria, Dr Carole Webb said many people - often very well-intentioned people demonstrating genuine care - feed unowned cats without realising their actions are contributing to the growth of the feral and stray cat population.

"Research by Monash University indicates that one in five people admit to feeding stray or feral cats," Dr Webb said.

For more information on what to do if you come across an unowned cat, contact Council or for more information on the campaign visit www.whosforcats.com.au or call 136 186.

Organisations supporting the campaign are the Animal Welfare Science Centre, Australian Veterinary Association, Cat Protection Society, Department of Primary Industries, Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Monash University, Municipal Association of Victoria, Pet Industry Association of Australia, RSPCA, The Lost Dogs' Home, and Victorian Animal Aid.

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