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CATitude advocates for responsible cat ownership and the adoption of pet-friendly practices by local councils, real estate agents and strata management companies.
Cats and Renting
Cats are ideally suited as companion pets for apartment or unit living. Cats can readily sleep up to 18-20 hours a day with lots of catnaps in between making them especially suited to living in apartments.
CATitude is a strong advocate for the adoption of pet-friendly practices and greater flexibility in the rental market to accommodate the choices and the needs of socially responsible cat owners in NSW’s rental and property market.
Recent statistics show that of the animals arriving at NSW pounds each year, nearly 70% of cats are euthanased.
CATitude is currently preparing a submission to NSW Parliament’s first Companion Animals Taskforce. The aim of the recently established Companion Animals Taskforce is to reduce the current rates of pet euthanasia and to promote responsible pet ownership in NSW.
7 May 2012 UPDATE: The Companion Animals Taskforce – a NSW Parliamentary taskforce comprising animal welfare experts, vets council officials and breeders – releases its discussion paper on 7/05/12 for public comment. Changes proposed by the taskforce are designed to slash the number of cats and dogs euthanised by pounds in NSW each year. Pet registration and microchipping would be streamlined to fund animal management programs and crackdown measures introduced to eliminate “puppy farmers”. Proposed changes up for public discussion include the payment by tenants of a “pet bond” for residents with cats and dogs in rental properties. The taskforce found that “pet-unfriendly” rental homes and residential strata properties drove up pet dumping rates and severely inhibited the pet adoptions from pet rescue shelters and pounds.
CATitude is a strong advoCAT for the adoption of pet-friendly practices and greater flexibility in the rental market to accommodate the choices and the needs of socially responsible cat owners in NSW’s rental and property market.
Any vendor will tell you of the number of enquiries they receive from prospective purchasers regarding the pet friendly status of their unit or apartment when they place it on the market for sale. Canny executive committee/owner corporations with an eye to enhanced property values will know that adopting a pet-friendly policy for their strata block will add value to their property at selling time. It’s a win-win for strata residents and property owners – residents with small pets enjoy the social and physiological benefits of their companions pets in a regulated pet-friendly home environment.
Companion pets bring immense joy to pet owners, and happier pets and their owners can only contribute to a more harmonious and enjoyable strata living experience for residents of all ages whether they are children, families, singles, seniors or retirees.
The advoCAT from CATitude – 7 May 2012
CATitude welcomes your input, views, contribution and feedback in providing public comment on the Companion Animals Taskforce discussion paper to be released on 7 May 2012. Have your say on this exciting initiative by the NSW Government to increase responsible pet ownership in NSW.
Companion Animals Taskforce
The NSW Government recently announced the establishment of NSW’s first parliamentary Companion Animals Taskforce to provide advice on key companion animal issues and in particular strategies to reduce the current rate of companion animal euthanasia.
The Taskforce is chaired by the Member for Charlestown, Mr Andrew Cornwell MP, who is also an experienced veterinarian, and representatives of the following organisations have been invited by the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Primary Industries to participate:
- Australian Companion Animal Council
- Australian Institute of Local Government Rangers
- RSPCA NSW
- Animal Welfare League NSW
- Pet Industry Association Australia
- Dogs NSW
- Australian Veterinary Association
- Cat Protection Society
- Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW
The new Companion Animals Taskforce will investigate a range of companion animal issues including animal breeding practices and ‘puppy farms’, desexing, micro-chipping, and will consider initiatives to promote responsible pet ownership.
Consulting closely with pet owners, industry groups and the wider public, the Taskforce will develop a Discussion Paper and recommendations for government. The Taskforce will also provide advice on the current companion animal legislative framework, and the means to best safeguard the welfare of our State’s pets.
A discussion paper prepared by the Taskforce will be distributed for public comment in the first half of 2012 and will be place on the NSW Department of Local Government website.