FW: FW: Cats

Subject: FW: FW: Cats
From: Andrew Hobbs <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:40:28 +0800
Interesting. Our local council on their website points out to cat owners the recent WA legislation with the following.

"*/The Cat Act 2011/*
The Act was introduced by the State Government with the aim of encouraging responsible pet ownership and reducing the number of unwanted cats across Western Australia. From 1 November 2013, under the Act, owners of cats (over the age of 6 months) must ensure they have their feline pets:
*1. Micro-chipped, wearing a collar and registration tags*
(foridentification purposes if the animal becomes lost or injured)
*2. Sterilised*-- unless being used for breeding purposes by a City of Stirling approved breeder
(discount sterilisation applies to City of Stirling Residents)*^* *
*3. Registered *-- with the Local Government (see below)
Local Government officers will be authorised to enforce this legislation and fines may apply to owners who do not comply.
Cat owners should *register *their cat(s) with the City of Stirling.
Cat Registration form print version <> Online registration form <>
Registration Fees
Registration    1 Year  3 Year  Lifetime
Full Fee        $20.00  $42.50  $100.00
Pension Concession**    $10.00  $21.25  $50.00

I guess we will have to wait to see how effective it is but the future direction is promising.


On 11/07/2014 10:03 AM, Chris Melrose wrote:
Dear Shirley
I was on a committee for North Sydney Council to make recommendations for the 
implementation of the Companion Animals Act many years ago. Being a Bush 
Regenerator in a previous life I was determined to get restrictions put on 
cats, such as micro-chipping, rules that they do not leave the residential 
property, etc. But to no avail. At that time, they were concerned mainly about 
dogs because of attacks on other dogs and to people by unrestrained dogs in 
parks.  The cats got away with it.  The fact that they kill and maim other 
creatures indiscriminately does not bother our legislators because the cat's 
owner is never taken to court.
I would suggest that we each become very active within our local government 
area and petition our councils and the state government to amend this 
legislation.  If we make a big enough noise, they will have to listen.
Perhaps it would also be helpful to get information from Birdlife to back us 
up; such as how many creatures, what type of creatures are killed.  This will 
only get heard if we deal with facts and not handle it emotionally.  We need 
our local councils and state government ministers onside.
So to start, does anyone have researched information that we can put into our 
letters and petitions?

Christine Melrose

+61 407705140

On 11 Jul 2014, at 11:13, "Shirley Cook" <> wrote:

I am glad that Charles has make the point about dogs being banned from
roaming outside their owner's premises.  I am required by law to register,
have her microchipped or wear a name tag and contact telephone niumber, and
control my pet dog.

I am able to report stray dogs to Council, and the Council will capture the
dog and the owner will pay a fine to retrieve it.  If I capture a cat and
take it to Council, I am required to "prove" that it does not belong to a
neighbour.  The cat owner is not required by law to identify or control the

Believe me, I am also a total animal lover and happily cuddle my
granddaughter's cat, a lovely old soft purry animal, but the total
unfairness of it all angers me.

Shirley Cook

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