THE AWLQ CAT ASSISTANCE TEAM (C.A.T.) IS AN EXCITING INITIATIVE WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO PREVENT STRAY AND IMPOUNDED CATS.
CURRENTLY THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY OFFERED IN IPSWICH CITY, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA.
We hope to expand this program to other cities and shires when time and resources allow.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE AWLQ C.A.T. PROGRAM?
- To reduce the numbers of cats wandering the streets and being impounded and surrendered to shelters.
- To increase community involvement in more effective and ethical ways to manage stray cats than trapping them and bringing them to the pound e.g.
- helping to find owners or carers of wandering cats
- returning lost cats home
- offering help to people who don’t have transport to get their cats to the vet
- booking stray unowned cats in for desexing and taking ownership if possible
- letting locals know where help is available if they are struggling with too many cats, or the costs of desexing.
What does the C.A.T. Team do?
The AWLQ C.A.T. staff and volunteers go out into the community to find stray cats and offer support to owners and carers to get cats desexed and microchipped. They also help resolve nuisance concerns to prevent cats having to be impounded.
- Low cost desexing (free in some situations)
- Transporting cats to and from the vet clinic
- Trapping cats for desexing if they cannot be handled
- Building cat-safe fencing/enclosures
- Providing free food
- Providing cat deterrent devices