Great news for responsible pet owners in strata!

The NSW Court of Appeal has found that the by-law blanket banning pets was “harsh, unconscionable, or oppressive” and under the Strata Schemes Management Act by-laws mustn’t be “harsh, unconscionable, or oppressive” and so they upheld NCAT’s decision that the by-law was invalid.

This is a win for human and animal welfare, as well as common-sense and kindness ❤❤❤

You can find details and read the full decision here

As many of you know,

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Federal inquiry into feral and domestic cats in Australia

The Federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy established an inquiry into feral and domestic cats late last month, with submissions closing this Thursday 30 July 2020.

Cat Protection’s submission can be read here

We reject the premise of the inquiry: isolating a single species is fundamentally flawed. We suggest that it actively deflects from the complexities of the interdependency of nature and all species.

At a time when millions of hectares of native habitat have been left burnt,

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We are proudly COVID-safe

Our Adoption Centre and Cat Boutique have been recognised as COVID-safe businesses by NSW Health. All our adoptions are done by appointment only to minimise the number of people onsite at our Adoption Centre and we have a maximum capacity of six customers in our Cat Boutique, we practice social distancing and adhere to hygiene protocols at both premises.

Our COVID-safety plans are in place to protect the health and safety of all our clients,

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Welfare issues arising for pets due to COVID-19

For more information on animals and COVID-19

Visit the World Organisation for Animal Health  and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Domestic Animals and COVID-19.

For human health information visit NSW Health.

Australia fortunately hasn’t experienced the rates of coronavirus infection that have been seen in many other countries. Part of the reason for this is that we were so good at quarantining ourselves – working and learning from home – to reduce the capacity of viral transmission.

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Animal welfare reform

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is undertaking a major review of animal welfare policy and legislation. An issues paper was released in February 2020 and was open for public comment until 21 June. Following review of feedback, DPI will release reform proposals for public consultation.

Cat Protection encouraged our community to participate in the survey on the issues paper, with information in our magazine Cat Affairs and posts on social media.

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Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats

The NSW Government is introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to desex cats,

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Cat Protection Society Op Shop to close after 40+ years

The Cat Protection Society of NSW Op Shop on Enmore Road will close this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This decision has been heartbreaking. The Op Shop has been central to Cat Protection’s fundraising and community presence for more than four decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic left us no choice.

We need that space for our feline welfare staff and our retail products for cats. Our shelter at 103 Enmore Road is too small to support social distancing for all our operations.

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An important message regarding Cat Protection and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cat Protection will be closed to the public until further notice.

This means no adoptions; no surrenders; no walk-in retail sales; and no direct services.

If you are a regular customer of cat food/litter/flea and worm treatment, you may wish to phone us on 9557 4818 to place an order which we can prepare for you to pick-up.

We are still available to provide assistance on cat-care matters,

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Planning for animals in emergencies

The NSW State Emergency Service has developed a vital new resource – Get Ready Animals – to help people plan for the safe care of animals – including pets – during emergencies.

The website includes a template emergency plan, important links for emergency information and assistance. Cat Protection was pleased to participate in a workshop to help inform the development of these important resources. This summer has been a tragic reminder that disasters may give little warning but have a very big impact.

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Notice of Nominations for Appointed Directors

Cat Protection Society of NSW Limited
103 Enmore Road Newtown NSW 2042
ABN 81 610 951 615    ACN 631 197 629

Annual General Meeting 23 November 2019

The following nominations have been received for the election of Appointed Directors, to be held at the AGM on 23 November 2019. Each nominee is eligible for election under the Constitution. There are three vacancies and three nominations:

  1. Kaye Isbister
  2. Nita Harvey
  3. Angelika Elliott

Kristina Vesk OAM


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