Banyule City Council has taken out national and state awards for the way it manages this City’s domestic animals.
It won the Australian Institute of Animal Management’s 2017 Animal Management Plan of the Year for:
- addressing over-population and high euthanasia rates for dogs and cats
- encouraging registration and identification of dogs and cats, and
- minimising the potential for dogs and cats to create a nuisance.
It won the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation’s Innovation and Leadership Award for its cat desexing program.
Close to 540 cats have been desexed for Banyule residents since the program began.
Banyule’s cat desexing service was started in partnership with the RSPCA in 2013 as a free program that included microchipping.
The cat desexing service is still offered free twice a year and all year for a discounted fee using a Council issued voucher.
Cats can be desexed by most vets, the RSPCA, Lort Smith Hospital, Lost Dogs Home and the Cat Protection Society.