“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
Or maybe you choose the quite new years option::
We hope the light at the end of the tunnel is not a freight train.
We are now into the begining fo the 2nd kitten season since the new laws came in on the 1st November 2014.
We are hoping for some reduction in the number of kittens being born because of the huge effort put in by all those involved in rescue and the number of new rescue groups plus the groups that have sprung up to work between pounds and rescue groups has allowed for a much larger number of unwanted cats and kittens to be put through rescues thus those that are desexed and microchipped prior to being rehomed.
We have heard that people are now ringing around asking for kittens as there are no kittens to be had but all rescues have lots of 6months and up for adoption.
Still cats and kittens being sold on facebook sites and gumtree that are not desexed or microchipped and we are finding it very hard to get councils to follow up and prosecute. The rescue groups themselves are talking to these people and trying to get them to hand them over to put through the system to stop them going out to homes where they will continue to breed and thus defeat the purpose of all the hard work by rescue groups.
We are still very optimistic that despite some major leaks in the new laws the massive effort put in by all the rescue groups will make a difference and we will see a good outcome in 2015.
Wishing all those who helped make 2013 a year to remember. The bringing in of the New Cat Laws on the 1st November 2013and althought the changes to the Dog Laws did not go far enought we at least have compulsory microchipping as of the 1st November 2013 of all dogs sold or rehomed.
We now have 8 new rescue groups in Western Australia and other states are also expanding in their efforts to help save as many animals from euthanasia as they can.
In the new year we will be pushing for "accountability" from pounds and rescues and the abolishing of "Claytons Laws" The laws that we have that just do not work.
We hope you will join us here and on facebook to make 2014 truely the year for animals.
The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, 'Can they suffer?'” Jeremy Bentham
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." Henry Ford
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ABOUT CAT ALLIANCE OF AUSTRALIA INC
In Australia hundreds of thousands of cats are killed each year. Shelters and Local Councils are so overwhelmed they are often not able to offer support to people who find a stray.
Cat Alliance of Australia Inc aims to fill this gap in current resources by offering support and advice to the community, by supplying information on humane cat control programs and partnership with compassionate veterinarians offering high volume low cost cat desexing.
By using modern techniques, empowering cat lovers and collaborating with like-minded organisations, we are able to mentor the community in managing their cat populations in a humane and effective way.
- Elevate the cats in our community and promote the welfare of both owned and unowned cats.
- Save lives by making affordable desexing easily accessible to the community
- Decrease the amount of homeless cats in shelters through increased awareness, education and prevention management.
- Support a collaborative approach between shelters , rescue organisations and local councils animal management departments and veterinarians and facilitate the sharing of information by these groups.
- Education through media, brochures ,DVD presentations and annual symposiums.
Cat Alliance of Australia Inc actively supports Trap, Neuter and Return as the accepted method of feral and semi domestic cat population control as recognised and used throughout the world. With education and mentoring we will lead the progress of new, innovative, non lethal programs for the betterment of the cat population.
Things to watch for:
- If you are vets, breeders, veterinary nurses or trainee veterinary nurses a new innovative course in Cat Behavioural course online. Under "Courses in Cat Welfare button".
- Our fourth Cat Welfare and Management Symposium 2011was held at Perth Zoo November 26th video of the symposium will be posted soon and will be ready for viewing under the "symposium button".
Start the New Year with a Commitment to Cats
We leave you with this famous saying:
It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. ~Albert Einstein