Dismal situation for cats at Blacktown Pound – appeal to civic leaders of Blacktown Community

Report to Blacktown Council by concerned community members:


Using statistics for dogs and cats seized by councils, this study looks at the current situation at the Blacktown Animal Holding Facility and the Blacktown Community.

A comparison of Blacktown with the other seven council areas, which use the pound’s facilities, showed that Blacktown was vastly over- represented. It had twice as many stray and surrendered animals as the other seven councils combined, yet Blacktown’s population is only half that of these other seven councils.

While tremendous progress has been made at the pound, with fewer dogs entering, and even far fewer being killed, the situation for cats is dismal and seemingly out of control.

The number of cats entering the pound has increased every year, with a 163% increase between 2003 and 2011.      In 2011, 3,248 cats were killed, an increase of 155% since 2003. There is evidence that suggests that over half of Blacktown’s cats are feral.

This report is an appeal to Blacktown Council to address the issues of irresponsible pet ownership and the careless, uncontrolled, breeding of animals in the local community. Irresponsible, uncaring people are costing ratepayers a lot of money. Thousands of our companion animals suffer untold misery.

It is up to the civic leaders of the Blacktown Community to demonstrate leadership and make a strong statement that the yearly disposal of unwanted animals in our community is not acceptable. Programs available and implemented by other councils in Australia, in New Zealand and overseas, to address the oversupply of animals, and at the same time increase adoptions thereby saving lives, have been highly successful.  There is no need for Blacktown Council to re-invent the wheel.

Download report here: BCCvsOTHER.2003-2011

DRP Comment:

This report summarises the intense problem faced by Blacktown community with cats entering the pound facility. It looks very bad and something has to happen. This report is an excellent summary of progress made at Blacktown Pound with Dogs, but now The Council must deal with the cat problem. What are your suggestions? Why is this such a problem? What can and should the Council do?Urgent advice needed………..

10 thoughts on “Dismal situation for cats at Blacktown Pound – appeal to civic leaders of Blacktown Community

  1. Tarsha August 5, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Do we know what Blacktown Council have done to date to address this? I imagine their solution are cat curfews and trapping, hardly a long term or humane solution to control the number of cats.
    Low cost desexing and microchipping all year round is what the council should be funding. Improved community education on pet responsibility, including an education program within the schools would also be beneficial. Would be good to look at Blacktowns Domestic Animal Management Plan, it doesn’t appear to be on their website………………

  2. cherry Leonard August 6, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    Cat Sterilisation Society has subsidised cat sterilisation in the Meto area of Western Aust since 1989, however no one has cottoned on to the fact cats can breed faster than they can be caught and killed. We sterilise and microchip for $65 but small organisation such as ourselves cannot compete financially and with enough media coverage as the large multi financed refuges. However if hundreds of cat lovers had started small charities like ours all over the country
    cats would not be dumped and later killed

  3. Shaney August 7, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Subsidise de-sexing cats is the easiest smartest option, if people can afford it without it costing so much expense people would be more inclined to do so. This would be humane. too many cats go through horrific lives being dumped & neglected, lets face up to it and do the right humane thing.

  4. Caz August 8, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    Pretty much agree with everything Tarsha said. Low cost desexing and microchipping and education, education, education.

  5. Sue August 8, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    I have a number of friends who have worked at blacktown pound cattery the past years and they all said the same thing. Strange cats come in, they are scared to death (as cats are when not in a familiar area) because of this the cats are immediatly placed in the “feral” section and handled like ferals.
    These people are involved in their own cat rescuing and knew that the cats where not feral just terrified so every day they moved cats FROM the feral cages into the social cages and re-evaluated.
    I personally know that many of these cats where put to sleep due to the fact that she staff did not understand the difference between domestic scared cats and feral cats.


  6. Jan August 8, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    My cats are registered microchipped and desexed but the problem is most people ‘get’ and kitten from someone elses cat who has had kittens, then this kitten goes on to reproduce its own litters, I am not sure how you can control this, I have been a responsible cat owner for over 35 years and recently had my entire back yard cat proofed not only for my own cats protection but from the people in the street whose cats roam at night and spray all in my backyard, How do we stop these BYB from passing on free kittens without having them microchipped and desexed? If this is not addressed its sad to think how many more cats will be PTS through no fault of their own but their inconsiderate irresponsible owners.

  7. dalziel1 August 8, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    Lost my comment. Rewrite.

  8. Margaret August 9, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    Huge problem with multifactorial causes. Street cat colonies are a major source of the cats being impounded. They are being trapped, sent to the pounds and killed. If you have a high number of impounds, it makes little sense to go out and get more. A TNR program run by community with the input of councils and professionals would do much to abate the current situation.
    I don’t know that Blacktown is any worse than Renbury. The number of unfriendly cats trapped and impounded there has got the attention of a number of rescuers. Not only trapped but injured during the trapping, impounded for seven days and then killed. Is that a solution? humane? I think not. Today’s pts list has seventeen cats on it with twelve listed as scared or unable to be handled. What does that tell you?
    A conversation with another person at our veterinary surgery recently raised the subject of her neighbor who has ‘about 30 cats, undesexed’ and ‘oh she’s not the only one, there are others as well and cats all over the streets if you know what I mean’.
    That sadly is the situation. Are these people irresponsible? Probably, but more likely they just started out feeding a stray with kittens or a few street cats at the local shops and things got worse. What to do? introduce low cost and free desexing, support for rehoming, a pickup and drop off service because low income people don’t always have cars, they may not have a carrier and may not know how to go about what needs to be done.
    Start with making TNR legal and get responsible people to help.

  9. Caz August 9, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    Well said Margaret.

  10. Tegan August 29, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Completely agree with Margaret. TNR needs to put into place before anything else.

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