Animal Care Australia (ACA) working purr-fectly for cats!
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Cats are the second most common pet – approximately 16 cats for every 100 people. As Australia’s work habits and our way of living changes more people are finding cat ownership fits into their lifestyle. More and more people are seeking out a Registered Hobby Breeder for a specific breed to purchase their new family member from.
There are several Cat Associations in New South Wales, as well as nationally. These cater to the hobby breeder, show enthusiast and support pet owners in responsible cat ownership. It is with membership to these Associations that make a Hobby Breeder “Registered”.
The Cat Associations encourage Hobby Breeders to adhere to the State Legislation relevant to the state they reside. The changes that are happening in the State Legislation pertaining to hobby breeders is complex and will impact every aspect of breeding, – the breeding of pedigrees cats, keeping entire breeders and homing kittens not kept for breeding.
Bringing together all animal hobbyists so there is one voice to be heard in government where concerning legislation is being created and implemented – this is what ACA is here for.
Helen Toovey is the current cat representative. Helen has been breeding cats for 15 years, shown extensively and is the current President of Australian Independent Cat Council (AICC).