When owners lack basic knowledge of how to adequately care for their animals, coupled with financial/social limitations inhibiting access to basic veterinary care, the result is uncontrolled breeding, poor animal behaviour, risk to human health and safety, and at the very worst, unnecessary animal death.
The purpose of the Cairns West Animal Management 3 Year Pilot Program is gaining an understanding of the number of dogs in our community that have previously been unaccounted for through lack of self registration and auditing initiatives and implementing strategies to improve both animal and owner behaviour in the Cairns community.
The Pilot is focused in a low socio economic area where there is a significant proportion of public housing, and prevalence of animal behavioural issues.
The Pilot encompasses three components:
1. On ground data collection:
2. Veterinary treatments:
3. Community education – lifting the standard of animal care:
The Program has created open communication between Local and State Government representatives assisting with people and animal management in public housing.