The Queensland Government has provided funds towards a two year Managing Unwanted Cats and Dogs pilot study involving four Queensland Councils. The pilot study aims to encourage responsible pet ownership and increase the number of cats and dogs being desexed. Gold Coast City Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Townsville City Council and are running local programs as part of the pilot study.
These two year trials could result in future amendments to the legislation and include:
- Gold Coast Council - trialling an approved breeder permit scheme and an education campaign focusing on appropriate enclosures for cats.
- Logan City Council - constructing a dedicated community animal desexing clinic.
- Moreton Bay Regional Council - working with local vets to promote cat desexing, using the RSPCA's Education Mobile Unit and Portable Animal Welfare Service.
- Townsville City Council - restarting the CatScan program on Magnetic Island, which includes compulsory microchipping of cats over five months old and an education campaign.