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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cash to cut the cat population

Several weeks ago, I reported a Chinese city using cash to improve people's behavior in maintaining cleanliness by paying for each cigarette butt collected. A few weeks ago, there was a report in Allvoices that a city in Bangladesh will pay the pauper to stay away in the capital city during the World Cricket Cup in March.
This report tells of a similar story that--within limits--money is a good motivator to change people's behavior.
A town in Canada, called Okotoks, has conceived an attractive plan to reduce the number of the growing feline population: Cash to cut the cats.
The Pound Rescue Okotoks is willing to pay responsible pet owners $50 for each neutered or spayed cat. The advocacy is part of this month's Spay and Neuter Program that seeks to curtail the burgeoning feline number.
To neuter means to make the male animal sexually sterile through surgical means whereas to spay means to surgically remove the womb and ovaries. Ergo, in both cases, the animals will loose their abilities to reproduce.
Pound Rescue Okotoks head, Gabrielle Barrie said, "There are too many cats and not enough homes, so we have to fix the cats."
She further said that a $6,000-fund will be used to pay cat owners who want to bring in their pets for castration.
In Okotoks, animal killing is prohibited. The down side of the regulation is the over-population of cats in shelter houses. Currently, there are 250 felines in their care that prove to be overwhelming.
Animal rescuers have been receiving calls everyday of abandoned animals. Just recently, they captured 30 cats in one sweep, according to Barrie, who conceived the unique idea.
"It's not enough to find homes for the cats, it's not enough to build more and more shelters".
The program was applauded by animal welfare advocates. A city official likes the cash incentive approach and considers doing it in his area.
Details of this story here.

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