Every week, staff at a Bunbury veterinary clinic take in unwanted cats and kittens as a result of owners not sterilising or microchipping their pets.
Harradine and Associates Veterinary Hospital veterinarian Tanya Rae said the hospital struggled to find homes for all the cats handed in and had to euthanase many of them.
In an attempt to reduce the problem and with new cat laws coming into effect in November, the City of Bunbury is offering Bunbury residents the chance to sterilise and microchip their cats at a discounted rate.
City of Bunbury community safety and emergency manager John Kowal said the De-sex In the City campaign offered savings of up to 93 per cent on the normal cost of cat sterilisation.
“By taking advantage of the offer, you are not only looking after your pet, but making a difference to the community,” he said.
From November, cat owners will be required to have their cats sterilised, registered and microchipped under the Cat Act 2011.
Mr Kowal said while the program was aimed at helping people on low incomes, it was open to all Bunbury residents.
Mrs Rae said the De-sex In the City campaign had been well received when run in the past.
“It has been incredibly well taken up and it had certainly helped with the number of stray kittens that get handed in,” she said.To take advantage of the offer, visit www.bunbury.wa.gov.au or call 9792 7000.