New grant a win for pet owners
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Residents can now get free microchipping and vaccination and discounted desexing for their four-legged friends.
The state government will give Campbelltown Council a $15,000 Responsible Pet Ownership Grant to fund the council’s Community Animal Welfare Scheme.
Campbelltown MP Bryan Doyle and Camden MP Chris Patterson announced the grant last week.
The acting director of Planning and Environment at Campbelltown Council, Jim Baldwin, said the scheme was developed to reduce the number of unwanted companion animals in the area by “providing a targeted, means-tested and subsidised desexing scheme”.
“The program also includes free microchipping and free vaccination for companion animals,” Mr Baldwin said.
“The program will be complemented by a community education campaign to increase awareness of responsible pet ownership and promote the importance of desexing to manage urban animal populations.”
Lindsey Musker, from the “Campbelltown Pound Cats and Dogs Needing Help” Facebook group, believes the grant will help the least-advantaged pet-owners in the community.
“I think [the scheme] is great as it helps people on the poverty line be responsible pet owners,” she said. “Many people who are less privileged still have a good home and love to give to an animal.”
Mr Baldwin said the scheme was proven to reduce euthanasia rates as it limited the number of stray animals in the community.
An information stall about the scheme will be manned by the council and the RSPCA at Ingleburn Alive on Saturday, March 14.
■ To see if you meet the eligibility criteria, visit campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/CAWSregistration or call the council on 4645 4614.
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