Free cat de-sexing program continues thanks to Animal Welfare Fund grant

Palmerston-based The Ark Animal Hospital will again de-sex 120 cats free of charge for low income earners thanks to funding from the Northern Territory Government’s Animal Welfare Fund grant program.

Each year the grant program awards $200,000 in grants to Northern Territory-based not-for-profit organisations to implement projects that will benefit animal welfare.

Ark Aid Inc, the charitable arm of The Ark Animal Hospital, received $20,587 in the 2017-18 grant round for the continuation of last year’s cat de-sexing program, the purchase of support medical equipment to support treatment and rehabilitation of native wildlife and partial funding for costs associated with medical treatment of injured wildlife.

Ark Aid Inc provides native wildlife with medical and surgical treatment by qualified vets, vet nurses and volunteer wildlife carers. They promote the de-sexing and microchipping of cats to reduce damage to native wildlife caused by stray and feral cats and increase animal welfare standards for cats.

Ark Aid Inc’s Dr Ella Richardson said it became clear to the Ark Aid team a few years ago that many cat owners want to de-sex their pet, but do not have the funds to do so.

“This grant will allow us to fill that gap for many cat owners,” Dr. Richardson said.

“Cats make great companions, but roaming pet cats and strays can devastate native wildlife populations. We know de-sexing can help, so this grant is great news.”

To find out more about Ark Aid’s free cat de-sexing program phone 8932 9738.

Information about the Animal Welfare Fund grant program is available at www.animalwelfare.nt.gov.au.

If you have concerns about animal cruelty or neglect, please call Animal Welfare on 1300 720 386.

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