The Albany and Surrounds Feral Cat Working Group (ASFCWG) was formed in 2019 to conserve our biodiversity, protect threatened species and increase public awareness about roaming cats.
Our Mission Statement: “To facilitate the collaboration of organisations and individuals focusing on the conservation of native wildlife through a coordinated approach to undertaking best-practice feral cat control, addressing the stray cat population issues and promoting responsible pet ownership.” Our group includes a variety of volunteers from catchment groups, wildlife organizations, animal rescue groups, veterinary clinics, cat owners, and representatives from local and state governments. Get involved via email
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Meet the crew
Jenni Loveland, Project Liaison Officer for the Albany and Surrounds Feral Cat Working Group, and founder of the group has been working since 2019 to educate the community about the best ways to keep pet cats safe and contained, reduce the stray and barn cat population, and encourage landholders and organisations to reduce feral cats on rural properties, state, and crown land. Jenni is passionate about invasive species, particularly feral cats. Previously Jenni has worked at the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, and the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, where she still works on a voluntary and casual basis. Her previous 20-plus years of experience as a veterinary nurse brings extra talents and skills to the role as does her work in a wildlife clinic and bird hospital. Jenni works two days a week on the project while maintaining some casual work at the Mt Barker Veterinary Hospital.
Our current project: Education for best-practice cat management to decrease impacts on biodiversity- Protecting Potoroos and their Native Neighbours. Is being implemented in the Two Peoples Bay/Manypeaks/Waychinicup region. This area is highly significant to residents, tourists, the scientific community, and the Minang Traditional Owners. Two famous endemic and threatened fauna species live exclusively in the area, the Gilbert’s Potoroo and Noisy Scrub Bird, as well as more recently the first attempt to re-establish a population of the Critically Endangered Western Ground Parrot commenced. In addition, there are 10 other threatened fauna species with significant populations in this area One of the main threats to these "bite-sized" species is that of roaming cats. We will work in the community with Two Peoples Bay/Manypeaks/Waychinicup residents, Noongar groups, school children, and the general public to encourage sustainable social change. We will foster the benefits to cats by keeping them safely contained to your property; discovering barriers and opportunities for feral control; providing education to the community about how to protect the special biodiversity of this unique region, and keeping the community updated on the feral and invasive species happenings in this area.
We Thank the Oyster Harbour Catchment for sponsoring us in this endeavor and State Natural Resource Management for funding this grant. See blog for more detailed project information. https://www.ohcg.org.au/albany-and-surrounds-cat-blog.html
The group has published an educational brochure: Please feel free to print and distribute wherever an impact can be made. Click here to print
Page 1 For more information on why to keep your cat indoor for safety click on page 1
Page 2 - Protect your cat while protecting wildlife for more information on click on page 2
Page 3 Options for keeping cats safe at home. Click on page 3
Page 4- Not my cat- for studies on this click on Page 4
Page 5 - Keeping your cat entertained – For more information on keeping cats happy indoors, click on page 5 For information on legalities follow link https://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/profiles/vincent/assets/agenda/2013/20130827/att/catacthandbookforlocalgovts.pdf
Page 6 - Definitions on cats- for more information click on page 6
Page 7 for information on roaming cats click on page 7
Page 8 - For information on our funding body State NRM click on page. 8
We acknowledge the Minang Bibbulmun people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders, past, present, and emerging and to the wider Bibbulmun community.