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Local residents will soon be able to desex and microchip their pets at a reduced rate,
thanks to a new scheme run by Council and RSPCA NSW.
The Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS), which is funded under the NSW
Government’s Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program, provides low-cost desexing,
vaccinations and microchipping services.
City of Canterbury Bankstown Administrator, Richard Colley, said Council received almost
triple the amount of funding to run the program this year, compared to last year.
“We’ve received more than $14,000 this year, which will go towards subsidising, desexing
and microchipping dogs and cats, as well as educational and awareness campaigns
targeting local pet owners,” Mr Colley said.
“Every year, a number of pets are either surrendered by their owners or picked up off our
local streets - placing immense pressure on local animal care facilities.
“Programs such as CAWS enable pet owners to gain access to health and wellbeing
services at a reduced rate, as well as helping to decrease the number of animals that end
up in animal care facilities.”
RSPCA NSW Veterinarian, Dr Ann-Margret Withers, said anything that could be done to
see more cats desexed, must be applauded.
“All cats that go through CAWS will also be microchipped, which allows for easy return to
the owner if they stray and end up at the RSPCA Sydney Shelter or another facility, ” she
To be eligible for the program, residents must reside in the City of Canterbury Bankstown
and hold a current pension or health card.
Applications for the program are now open, with limited places available.
For more information, or to enquire about your eligibility, call the Desexing Hotline on
0417 223 556 during business hours Monday to Friday.
5/07/2017 11:26 AM