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Council committed to reducing cat numbers

Orange residents who own a cat can have their furry friend desexed for a heavily discounted rate as part of Council’s latest animal welfare program.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said all Orange residents who owned a cat were eligible to make a booking for their pet to be desexed under the program.

“Beginning May 3, Orange residents can come to Council and book their cat in to be desexed at a local vet for a fee of $60, which is a huge reduction in cost,” Cr Kidd said.

“In previous rounds pensioners were the only people eligible to claim the discount for their cats, but this year we have more funding from the Companion Animals Committee to broaden the scope.”

Companion Animals Committee Chair Cr Stephen Nugent said he was pleased more people would have access to the program.

“Previously we’ve organised for about 50 to 60 cats to be desexed per year, and we’re hoping to match that number this time,” Cr Nugent said.

”Our funding is capped so it’s strictly a first in best dressed system.

“Calculations show it is possible for one non-desexed cat and its offspring to produce nearly 3,000 cats in seven years.

“Owners of cats have a responsibility to have their pets desexed, for the cat’s welfare, the welfare of wildlife and the welfare of future kittens.

“For $60 cat owners can have their cat desexed and avoid a range of potential health complications for their pet for years to come.”

People wishing to take advantage of the program should come to Orange City Council’s Byng Street office and book and pay for the procedure for their cat through Council’s customer service team.

The $60 fee includes desexing for one male or one female cat, per Orange household, as well as lifetime registration. If the cat is not microchipped an extra $17 will be charged to microchip the pet.

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