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From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 took effect and requires all cats that have reached six (6) months of age to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with the relevant local government.
The Cat Act 2011 requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation. The legislation provides for better management of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and the environment, as well as encouraging responsible cat ownership. Cats are required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.
Cat registration fees are $20 per year, $42.50 for three years and $100 for lifetime registration. (Proof of sterilisation and microchipping must be provided unless exemption has been granted by a veterinarian). Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50 per cent off the above mentioned prices, upon producing an appropriate pension card.
Cat owners are advised to register their cats or face a fine of up to $200. Under the Cat Act 2011 it is an offence not to register cats over the age of six (6) months.
Applications for registrations are available to download from the City's website or can be collected in person from the Administration Building, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale.
The City’s Rangers are not actively involved in trapping of stray or unowned cats. If a cat is trapped on private property and the property owner contacts the City, Rangers will collect the captured cat. All impounded cats are thoroughly checked for a registration tag and scanned for microchipping details. Where an owner can be readily identified, Ranger Services will contact the owner to advise how and where to collect their animal. Registered and or microchipped cats will be kept for a period of seven (7) days at the City of Armadale’s Animal Management Facility.
To check if your cat is at the City’s Animal Management Facility please follow this link Animal Management Facility.
The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a permit. When a cat is sold, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, a voucher must be issued to the new owner. Only approved breeders will be exempt from sterilisation laws.
The legislation does not limit the number of cats that can be owned. This falls to local governments who may choose to introduce a local law.
Where a local law limiting the number of cats which may be kept at a property, is introduced, it will not apply to the cats currently owned and kept at that property. However where a cat, in excess of the permitted number is sold, given away or dies it must not be replaced.
Ranger Services hire cat traps to residents for a cash deposit of $100, which is fully refundable when the cat trap is returned. Opening hours are 3.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9 to 10am Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Rangers will collect the cat(s) from the residents property, during the hours of 8.15am until 6pm Monday to Friday, and transport them to the Animal Management Facility.
Rangers request that the guidelines below are followed to ensure the welfare of the cat:
- Several days prior, start feeding the cat where you intend to set the trap. It will be far more likely to enter the trap if it has been fed there previously.
- Set the trap according to the instructions you were given when you hired it. Make sure it is stable and will not tip over, that it is set under shelter, out of rain and sun, and out of public view. Please also avoid setting traps in extreme weather conditions.
- It is an extremely traumatic experience for a cat to be trapped, and it is essential it is covered for the entire time it is in the trap. When setting the trap, place an old sheet or towel over the back half. As soon as you know that the cat has entered the trap, cover the trap completely.
- You will need to check the trap every couple of hours during the day, and in the morning if set overnight. Don’t leave a cat in a trap for too long. As soon as you are aware a cat is in it, you must contact the City’s Rangers on 9394 5000.
The Department of Local Government has added some Frequently Asked Questions on the cat legislation to its website. For more information please go to http:www.dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Legislation/CatActFaqs.aspx.
- Information on the implementation of Cat Act 2011 can be found at www.dlg.wa.gov.au.
- Information on sterilisation of your cat can be found at www.cathaven.com.au/new-wa-cat-laws.
- The Cat Act 2011 document can be downloaded from http://www.slp.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/main_mrtitle_12865_homepage.html.
- Alternatively contact the City of Armadale Ranger Services Department on 9394 5000.