Among the many problems in Mauritius is a surging population of stray dogs and cats. The stray cat colonies in Mauritius is a massive problem nowadays. This is why we created a community neutering scheme which allows private individuals to have local stray cats sterilised at a very low cost. Veterinarians collaborating with Animal Action have agreed to offer their services voluntarily which helps keep the cost of the programme to a minimum. It is a scheme that encourages individuals to take direct action related to the population control of stray cats but also to create awareness about this issue.
In addition to giving incentives to individuals to neuter stray cats in their area or neighbourhood and help control the population, we also aim to create awareness regarding the animal welfare benefits of neutering and relevant responsible ownership issues.
In terms of outreach and communications, the campaign uses regular Facebook posts (at least 1/month) to inform people about the scheme’s application procedure, and answer questions for example what are the health benefits and specific issues with respect to the procedure of neutering (e.g. when can one neuter their animal)? It is important to note that there are various misconceptions about neutering in Mauritius with many people opposing it.
Besides this, we are also planning to construct a shelter for these stray dogs and cats.
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