A welcome boost for Victorian Cats!

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria was honoured this week to welcome Minister for Agriculture The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas and Member for Bundoora The Hon. Colin Brooks and Member for Eltham The Hon. Vicki Ward to our Shelter to meet with our CEO Ian Crook, Board Members and our team to tour our facility, and of course, meet some of the cats and kittens in our care.

Even more exciting is that as part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, the Andrews Labour Government has announced a number of initiatives to support vital animal care and protection services, which is a big win for our feline friends!

Below is an overview of how the funds will be distributed:

Cat management

$1.3 million in funding has been committed to developing a 10-year cat management strategy for the state of Victoria, which will include education campaigns and grants to encourage responsible cat ownership and cat containment.  Addressing these issues will help control overpopulation and cat colonies, which often result in extensive loss of wildlife, illness for the cats, and positive welfare outcomes for pet cats.

Many local councils throughout the country have already mandated cat curfews, of which the Cat Protection Society of Victoria supports, and we’ve been an advocate of cat management for many years.

Minister Thomas said “Cats are beloved pets for many Victorians but also a threat to native wildlife and biodiversity – we need to ensure we’re best supporting the welfare of cats as well as our precious native wildlife.”

“While Victoria has high rates of registration and desexing, we also know that we have high numbers of unowned and feral cats. That’s why we are working to deliver the first cat management strategy.”

We applaud the government for committing to this issue, and look forward to working with them to implement it.

Victoria’s first-ever pet census!

Each and every day, we hear tales of just how much cats mean to their owners, and we work tirelessly to support people to provide the highest quality of care to both their pets, as well as cats within the community.

Therefore, we’re excited that $0.613 million has been allocated over two years for Victoria’s first-ever pet census!

A pet census will provide invaluable information about the state of pet ownership in Australia, and the key issues and trends in pet ownership.

Understanding more about our pet populations means that organisations like CPSV can better work with government, industry and individuals about the important role pets play in our lives, and how this can be enhanced.

Victoria’s new animal welfare legislation

$1.75m over three years has been allocated in the budget to progress Victoria’s new animal welfare legislation, the Animal Care and Protection Act. This Act replaces the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

Pet rehoming

The budget includes $2.65 million over four years and $0.539 ongoing to support the implementation of the Taskforce on Rehoming Pets’ 17 recommendations, including developing a regulatory framework for the sector.

New Ballarat animal shelter and support for community groups

We also congratulate the Ballarat community, with $11.5 million allocated in the budget for the development of a Ballarat Animal Shelter.

A further $750K has been allocated to support other animal care organisations such as Safe Steps and its work supporting pets and people experiencing domestic violence.

The Cat Protection Society thank the Victorian government for this funding allocation to address key animal welfare issues, and we look forward to continuing to work with government to improve cat’s welfare and enrich their lives.  As our CEO Ian Crook says “Each year, over 1600 stray and surrendered cats seek refuge and are cared for at our adoption shelter – we work hard to ensure all cats are rehomed and can live a healthy life with a loving family.”