Making your suburb safer for all creatures is as easy as ABC.
It is estimated that feral cats kill 75 million native animals in Australia every day. That’s 868 deaths per second! Just one feral cat added to the population means at least 3,650 native animals, birds and reptiles will lose their lives.
RSPCA Queensland is launching a campaign to encourage Queenslanders to be responsible cat owners, which coincides with a special Living with Wildlife appeal.
“Obviously in no way are we “anti cat,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “We simply want people to protect the wellbeing of their feline friend and our wildlife. So de-sex your cat and either keep it inside or in a cat run when it’s outdoors.”
As the populations in cities and towns grow, native habitats are destroyed and more native animals are finding themselves in suburbia—a dangerous place for native species.
“Last year our Wildlife Hospital at Wacol dealt with nearly 16,000 native animals, and sadly this number has been growing by about 4,000 a year. All incoming animals receive a complete veterinary diagnostic assessment and prognosis and this helps ensure that those returned to the wild can survive and thrive. However, this is not sustainable at the growing intake rate. The future is a concern.”
This is how you can help urban wildlife and make your community safer for all creatures great and small, native or non-native.
It’s as easy as ABC!
Family pets can be a danger to wildlife and you can help by:
- Confining your cat indoors and only allow it outside in a cat run or safe outdoor area so it can’t roam and hunt.
- Keeping your dog on your property and restrained indoors or contained safely in an outdoor enclosure at night.
Make your backyard wildlife friendly by:
- Planting native trees and shrubs. Not using pesticides—wildlife can be killed by ingesting these poisons.
- Having wildlife friendly fencing and netting.
- Drive safely and look out for wildlife at dusk and dawn. Take action if you see an animal hit by a car.
Check out the Living with Wildlife factsheet for even more things you can do to help protect the animals.
The RSPCA is also running special Living with Wildlife information seminars. Visit the website for further information.