Status: 22.09.2023, 07:15 a.m.
By: Sabine Hermsdorf-Hiss
Especially on farms, there are many stray, unneutered cats. (Symbolic photo) dpa/ © Julian Stratenschulte
The Association of Cat Friends, based in Grünwald, has agreed to have stray, unneutered cats on farms neutered free of charge in the municipality of Dietramszell (Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen district). The promotion is due to the available funds until the end of the year Sunday, 31.
Grünwald/Dietramszell - Due to the available funds, the campaign is limited until the end of the year Sunday, December 31st. The association hopes that many farmers will accept the offer.
Especially on farms, stray cats, some of which have immigrated, hide again and again and multiply uncontrollably. "We catch them and take them to the vet," says Vice Chairwoman Christine Hafner. One employee has been active in this regard for years. Nevertheless -- especially on farms -- there are more and more stray animals. "It's a bottomless pit."
In two years, 80 wild cats captured in Dietramszell alone
In 2021 and 2022 alone, 80 wild animals were captured in Dietramszell. "Only one of them was neutered," says Hafner. At the veterinarian, the cats are neutered, tattooed and/or chipped and, if necessary, medically cared for. Normally, the animals are allowed to return to their familiar environment after one to two days. "And it's a misconception," says the second chairwoman, clearing up a prejudice about neutered cats, "that they are now catching fewer mice."
Christine Hafner is vice-chairwoman of the Association of Cat Friends, founded in 1982. © Sabine Hermsdorf-Hiss
The association, founded in 1982, finances the campaign through donations and membership fees and uses grants from the Free State. His work extends to districts in the Munich area such as Landsberg, Dachau, Freising and Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen. Staff also take care of animals that have lost their homes. "This can be due to the death of the owner or that he becomes a care case and can no longer take care of himself," says Hafner. A few months ago, the association also had cases of "animal hoarding" in Munich and the Fünfseenland. In the first case, a woman kept 18 unneutered cats in her apartment, in the second, 43 animals were seized. They were neutered and initially placed in private foster homes.
Most recently, the association took care of an unneutered pair of cats with three puppies about nine weeks old, who were abandoned in a gravel plant in Oberhaching. "We caught her and took her to the veterinarian, who found out that the queen was already heavily pregnant again," says Hafner.
Club reaches its capacity limits
In her household, there are currently four little house cats as guests. "In general, we are now reaching our capacity limits," emphasizes the animal rights activist. "Especially when the animals have cat flu and can't be kept together with others."
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It is estimated that at least 2.5 million cats live on the streets in Germany. "In Bavaria alone, there are probably a good 300,000," says Jutta Aurahs, who is also involved in the association. "They are mostly offspring of abandoned or abandoned animals and unneutered cats with free range." The four-legged friends are infested with parasites across the board, and many also suffer from unmedically treated injuries and various diseases as well as hunger.
A pair of cats has offspring two to three times a year. "If we assume two litters per year, in each of which three cubs survive and they begin to have young themselves at six months, we arrive at around 66,000 animals after six years," Aurahs calculates.
Animal rights activists call for cat protection regulation
To interrupt this cycle, capture and castration actions are not enough. "What we need is a cat protection ordinance with castration, identification and registration requirements," Hafner emphasizes. The association had submitted a corresponding application for a municipality in the Landsberg am Lech district. Over several years, the situation was documented to prove the necessity. This year, there was movement in the matter: "However, the veterinary office did not want to decide over the heads of the municipality," reports Hafner. In the end, the authority wrote to all municipalities in the Landsberg district. Four had decided to issue a cat protection ordinance. In Hafner's eyes, this was a great success.
So far, there are more than 1000 cities and municipalities in Germany said decree. Bavaria brings up the rear. Only Laufen im Berchtesgården and the city of Aschaffenburg have taken up the ordinance. "Now we already have six in Bavaria who support the cause."
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