Community Animal Welfare Scheme
The Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) addresses the issue of unwanted companion animal overpopulation and its impacts on animal and human welfare. Through community education and targeted, subsidised desexing programs in regional and remote areas of NSW, we aim to reduce the numbers of animals being euthanised in rural pounds and shelters.
CAWS provides low-cost desexing, vaccinations and microchipping services to rural areas and low socioeconomic groups. Desexing is an effective strategy to prevent unwanted breeding and microchipping is a useful form of permanent identification, making it easier to reunite pets and owners if separation happens. To ensure valuable medical resources are dedicated to the people who need it most, services provided by CAWS are only available to pet owners with a valid Pension or Health Care Card.
Increasing the desexing rate among companion animals in rural communities is a matter of increasing the availability of subsidised desexing schemes to targeted groups. However, of equal importance is increasing the awareness of pet owners of the need to desex and of other aspects of socially responsible ownership through educational campaigns. For many animal owners, the decision not to desex is not exclusively a matter of affordability. Attitudinal change is required to generate a ‘culture’ of desexing in rural communities, particularly, but in urban communities as well.
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