For several decades, Cat Haven lobbied the State Government to implement a law dealing with cat welfare. In 2011, the State Government signalled its willingness to go ahead with a cat bill. Along with other animal welfare organisations, Cat Haven made several submissions to Parliament during the debate of the bill. In December 2011, the Cat Act was finally passed.
The law will be implemented in two phases, giving cat owners in WA a long lead time to get their cats ready. The first phase came into effect on 1 November 2012; the second phase will be in force on 1 November 2013. The law will require all domestic cats six months and older to be:
Cat owners found not to be compliant with these requirements may face fines of up to $5000.
Cat Haven launched its ‘Countdown to Cat Laws’ campaign in May 2012, which aims to inform the public about the new laws. In doing so, Cat Haven will do its best to provide cat owners in WA with the services that will help them comply with the new law. As such, Cat Haven is offering a ‘Snip and Chip’ to cat owners on low incomes, which includes sterilisation and microchipping for only $85.
Cat Haven will endeavour to keep you up to date with the implementation of the new cat laws, and we will update this page regularly. Please ring us on 9442 3600 for information on services such as sterilisation or microchipping. Should you require information regarding the cat laws, you can contact the Department of Local Government on 6552 1500.
Photos by Alma Sarhan Phototgraphy.