Cats get a free pass from Hume Council – for now…
A cat vaccine shortage means Hume Council will not offer cat trapping in Hume City for the foreseeable future, and is advising residents with a council cat trap not to use it.
This is to reduce the number of cats needing to be taken to shelters, particularly the council’s shelter service operator, The Lost Dogs Home, who are currently experiencing supply shortages.
At this time, the supply of essential cat vaccines in Australia is not expected to improve until February 2024. Council says it will actively monitor the situation and resume its cat trapping services as soon as possible.
Council is continuing to work closely with The Lost Dogs home to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds, and remains committed to supporting animal welfare.
Residents who have requested a cat trap from council are advised that this service has now ceased. Council will not be accepting new bookings for cat trapping at this time.
“Wherever possible, residents are encouraged to consider and explore alternative options before surrendering healthy cats,” says council in a statement.
“This may include speaking to your local veterinary practice regarding veterinary costs, seeking support from friends or family members, or contacting Second Chance Animal Rescue if you are struggling to meet the costs of pet food.
“In the event a cat needs to be surrendered, wherever possible, residents are encouraged to supply any available vaccination documentation for their cat when delivering it to a shelter so it can be processed quickly and to mitigate duplicate vaccination.”
See Lost and Found Pets.