Stray and unwanted animals in society
Tragically, thousands of healthy cats and dogs are euthanased (put to sleep) each year in shelters and pounds across Victoria. This is because not enough homes can be found for them – we have an 'over-supply' of pets.
This is a significant problem for our society, both on ethical and animal welfare grounds.
The situation causes enormous stress for pound and shelter staff, who love cats and dogs but are forced to euthanase so many because they have no alternative.
The impoundment and euthanasia of unwanted animals costs millions of dollars per annum.
Unowned animals in society suffer from very poor health, including injury, disease and starvation. They can also cause nuisance in the community, and cats can prey on native wildlife.
- What to do if you find a lost, stray or injured animal
- Early age desexing of cats and dogs
- Semi–owned cats (cats that people feed but do not fully own)