Yokohama-city will start free sterilization for some stray cats as a public undertaking from April, 2013.

September 30th, 2012.
Yokohama-city will start free sterilization for some stray cats as a public undertaking from April, 2013. (from Kanagawa newspaper on September 26)

http://news.kanaloco.jp/localnews/article/1209260004/

Yokohama-city has decided to do sterilization for some stray cats free of charge at Yokohama-city animal welfare center beginning in 2013. The previous care programs will continue as well. The free operation will be provided for about 10 cats per month. The City Health and Welfare Bureau said “We heard the call of citizens asking for free operations. We want to reduce the number of stray cats.”

The operation will be performed by veterinarians of the Veterinarian Society. This cost will be born by city. They will examine how to choose ten.

The subsidy from the city for sterilization is 4000 yen for house cats and 6000 yen for stray cats. This is born by city and Veterinarian Society. For 2012, they appropriated the budget of about 20,000,000 yen (for 4400 cats).

Yokohama-city started to assist the sterilization cost from 1988, when about 12,000 cats were captured in a year. Since then, the number of captured cats has decreased. It was 1565 in 2011. About 396 cats found new families, or returned, but 188 were killed. Over 900 cats died of sickness or debilitation. There were 3550 complaints about stray cats from residents in 2011.

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I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

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