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Tuesday, 25th May, 2021
I am writing in response to your comment on Heartless cat dumpers, well it is no different for dogs and I know the Clarence Valley Council Rangers try very hard to rehome the animals that are impounded to minimised the numbers that are euthanized but there hands are tied and the facility is small and not designed to save the animals instead is temporary accommodation for 7-14 days.

Since July 2006, at HappyPaws Haven, nearly 420 cats and 125 dogs have been rescued and cared for by the volunteer carers in the Clarence Valley area for HappyPaws Haven. Of those cats and dogs only 22 have been euthanized and they were done on medical grounds. Over 225 cats/kittens and over 100 dogs /puppies have found permanent loving homes both locally and interstate during this period.

Well over 250 animals during the same period have had to be turned away due to HappyPaws Haven not being able to accommodated them or due to irresponsible pet owners not being willing to pay a small donation/surrender fee to go towards the animals care while a home is being found for it and the appropriate veterinary care such as food, worming, flea and tick management etc which are not covered by the adoption cost.

The number of stray, feral or abandoned cats and dogs is caused, in many cases, by unmanaged breeding. HappyPaws Haven seeks to reduce this excess, whilst helping to manage it.  This is ultimately an uneconomical exercise, though extremely essential to the community, the environment and the animals.

The de-sexing of companion animals reduces the number of stray, feral or abandoned animals, by ensuring that fewer unwanted kittens and puppies are produced. This means that the economic and environmental impacts by feral animals to the Clarence Valley region, and other regions, are reduced.

If you consider that two undesexed cats and all their descendents, if none are desexed, can number 420,000 in seven years, while two undesexed dogs and their offspring can number 67,000 in just six years, it becomes clear how important desexing really is. In addition, it costs taxpayers millions of dollars to “control” the problem through the humane euthanasia of unwanted animals.  For example the desexing of 120 cats, over the last 12 months, through the HappyPaws Haven desexing program has effectively resulted in reduction of over 10,000 possible feral cats in the Clarence Valley Region.

This region of NSW has significant biodiversity, natural resources and agricultural land. World Heritage listed areas are to the west and east of Grafton, where Dingoes occur or occurred. Breeding with feral dogs has reduced the numbers of Dingoes in this region and they are now considered probably extinct here.

These feral dogs also attack and kill livestock, resulting in direct economic losses, raising cost of production, and have a flow on effect for the local economy, the viability of long-term sustainable production and the overall cost of food.

Feral cats pose a more environmental problem. The Feral Cat is carnivorous and capable of killing vertebrates up to 2-3kg. Preference is shown for mammals weighing less that 220gm and birds less than 200gm but reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates are also eaten.

Predation by Feral Cats has been implicated in the extinction and decline of many species of mammals and birds on islands around Australia and in other parts of the world, and in the extinction of up to seven species of small mammals on the Australian mainland.

The economical and environmental benefits of cat & dog desexing are significant to the whole community. There are also significant benefits to the health of animals, addressing illness, quality of life and behavioural issues.

All cats housed at HappyPaws Haven or at carer accommodation are indoor cats, they have purpose built enclosures and converted bird aviaries to give the cats outdoor experience while keeping them fully enclosed. There are a number of Councils throughout Australia which have subsidised de-sexing programs and programs which encourage people to have enclosed areas for cats to happily live in.

In Australia there is a National De-sexing Network programhttp://www.ndn.org.au/about.php  but the problem is that none of the vet clinics in the Clarence Valley Area have taken up the program that I am aware of but I would like to be wrong. I know of at least on vet that will assist however with pre-payment system and a discount when true hardship can be proven.

Yours sincerely,

Sally Rogers


HappyPaws Haven

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