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Canberra Street Cat Alliance


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Canberra Street Cat Alliance

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Phillip ACT, Australia

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We assist members of the Canberra community and surrounding areas to proactively reduce future populations of urban stray cats. We empower private community members to act by providing equipment, guidance, support and financial assistance for desexing. Where possible we assist with rehoming of kittens born on the street by putting them in to foster care for socialisation and vet worked. We call this program “Streets to Sheets”. We help with anything from large colonies of street cats in industrial areas to single stray cats fed by people in a suburban neighbourhood. Why we do it These cats are in a disadvantageous position as they have no owner as such to ensure they are desexed. The majority of street cats are fed by kind members of the public but by not being desexed they often produce litter after litter of kittens. For people feeding 5+ street cats the thought of catching them all and paying for their desexing can be overwhelming or simply impossible without some help. We believe every cat’s life has value. Just like pet cats, these cats have their own personalities and histories. By desexing them and ensuring they have any vet treatment they require they can lead much happier and healthier lives. What about the wildlife? The cats we work with are all fed daily (with cat food) and therefore are no different in terms of their impact on wildlife to free-roaming owned pet cats. Just like pet cats, some can be quite fussy eaters preferring one brand of food over another, or turning their nose up at BBQ chicken but loving sardines. The majority of the cats are in industrial areas where there is little to no wildlife and where the only animals they have access to are rodents. We do not work with cats in or adjacent to nature reserves.

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