Cats, rats and other animals living in Newcastle city council’s residential and agricultural areas will be rehomed to other homes as part of the city’s new rehousing strategy, a council spokesperson said.
The strategy was announced on Thursday at a meeting with Newcastle City Council’s Residents and Neighbourhoods Committee.
It said the rehousing scheme was the latest in a series of measures announced to reduce the impact of climate change on Newcastle.
The new policy means the animals will be housed in “high impact” and “low impact” areas, where they will be fed on locally produced food, and given the chance to breed, the spokesperson said on Friday.
Newcastle has already had to take steps to protect the animals’ health, but the plan was to move closer to the level where the animals would be considered safe.
Council was keen to highlight the importance of rehousing the animals to the residents, and the council said there were more than 600 animals in Newcastle City’s residential, agricultural and other areas, most of them cats, rats, rabbits and lizards.
“We’re looking at this as a whole,” the spokesperson added.
“The priority is to get the animals housed and into homes as soon as possible.”
Councils approach to rehousingNewcastle’s approach is to create a “home team” of the animals.
The “home group” will work with local community groups and other organisations to “find a solution to the rehoming issue,” the council spokesperson added, and would “work with other local authorities to find other ways of getting these animals back into their original homes”.
“If a group is not able to find a solution, the council will work to find one,” the statement said.
“If the animals are housed and in homes, the animals have a home and can be fed and play with other animals.”
In some areas, the group will be required to take “significant responsibility” for the animals, and will have to have a “significant” amount of funding to help with their rehomes.
“They will be able to go out and exercise with other people and take care of them,” the city spokesperson said, adding that the animals could also be given a “good house” to spend the day in.
The group will have the responsibility for ensuring the animals “have access to good, quality food”, and to have the “safest possible environment”.
“The animal group will need to be able go out on a regular basis and help with any health and welfare issues,” the spokeswoman added.
New Zealand’s first ‘zero-emission’ rehousing projectNew Zealand has announced it will become the first country in the world to be the first to undertake a zero-emissions rehousing program.
The move comes after an Auckland-based organisation announced plans to move its cats, dogs and other pets to sustainable and humane housing.
Newtown residents, the Auckland Council and animal welfare organisations have all pledged to help relocate the animals from their homes in an effort to save lives.
Newtakamu-based Kiwi Cat Rescue (KCR) has been trying to move animals from Auckland homes to new homes since it was launched in February.KCR founder and founder of KiwiCat Rescue, Peter Whalley, said the city was “fantastic news” and a sign that Auckland’s “humane and caring community is ready to step up and be part of our transformation”.
“We can’t do it alone,” Whally said.
“We have to work with the community to see if we can do this with other organisations.”
He said he hoped to have more information in the coming weeks, and that KCR was looking at “a number of different options”.
“They’ve been looking at the cost of reharing, and we’ve seen that it’s about $250 to $350 a day,” he said.
Whalley said he was “very optimistic” about the rehome plan.
“There’s been a lot of good news coming out of the council’s meeting today,” he added.
“I think we’re going to see a huge reduction in the number of animals moving to New Zealand, so I’m looking forward to seeing it.”
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