Cats make great pets - if they are cared for. To reduce the number of strays owners are encouraged to de-sex their cats and to feed them inside.

If you find a stray please contact the Southland Branch of the RSPCA (218 9684).

Cat traps

The Council's Invercargill office has cat traps for hire. The traps are a humane method of trapping stray cats. They operate on a trip lever principle, which will not injure the cat.  All animals that are caught in the Council's cat traps should be dealt with in a humane manner, in accordance with the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 1999. Cruelty to animals is an offence, which may result in legal action being taken. For a donation the Southland RSPCA will provide a disposal/rehousing service.

Click for all Animal Control fees, including cat traps, are available.