THE introduction of new cat laws has seen Bunbury rescue groups inundated with unwanted pets in recent months.
The South West Animal Rescue group has reported a surge of cats and kittens needing new homes as owners dodge the cost of having their pets microchipped and registered under the new laws.
Group president Tanya Adams said while the trend had put volunteers under pressure, it could have a positive impact in coming years.
“The number of unwanted cats has doubled from the previous year and tripled for unwanted kittens,” Ms Adams said.
“It is sad that so many cats are being dumped but at the same time, it is better to weed out the people who don’t really care and don’t put any monetary value on their pet.
“I think it will be a couple of years before we start to see the difference these laws will make in cutting down on unwanted kittens due to mandatory sterilisation.”
The demand has seen group volunteers reaching into their own pockets to keep animals alive and they appealed to local businesses to help out.
Last Friday, Harvey Fresh made a delivery of 60 litres of milk to the group to help out with the many kittens in need of a feed.
Ms Adams said they were always on the lookout for new foster homes and donations.
For more information go to southwestanimalrescue.com