Nuisance Cats, Cat Trap Hire, and Ranger Trapping Program

If you find a lost or trespassing cat or kitten, you can bring the animal to the Shepparton Animal Shelter during open hours. If you cannot catch the cat or kitten, you can hire a humane ‘cat trap’ from the Shepparton Animal Shelter to assist in catching the animal.

Nuisance Cats

Wandering nuisance cats can be a source of irritation for neighbours. If you have nuisance cats that are trespassing onto your property without your permission, the Domestic Animals Act 1994 states: 

  1. If a dog or cat has been present on private property on more than one occasion without the permission of the owner or occupier of the property, the owner or occupier of private property or an authorised officer may seize the dog or cat while it is present on the property.
  2. The owner or occupier of the private property or the authorised officer who has seized a dog or cat under subsection (1) must immediately notify the Council of the municipal district in which the property is situated.
  3. If the authorised officer who seized a dog or cat under subsection (1) is able to identify the owner of the dog or cat, the authorised officer must, within 5 business days after the seizure of the dog or cat, serve on the owner of the dog or cat a notice of objection to the presence of that dog or cat on the private property. The notice of objection must be served either personally or by registered post and a copy of a notice will be given to the owner or occupier of the private property.
  4. If, after a notice under subsection (3) has been served, the dog or cat enters or remains on the private property, the owner of the dog or cat is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of not more than 1 penalty unit for a first offence, and 3 penalty units for a second or subsequent offence.

Cat Trap Hire

The Shepparton Animal Shelter has a number of cat traps available for community members to hire. Depending on the time of year, the traps are often in high demand, which can result in a delay in availability.

Cat Trap Hire Fees

Deposit: $100 ($50 for eligible pensioners)
The deposit is fully refundable upon return of trap in good condition.

Fees are for a 7 day hire period, and are correct for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Cat Trap Hire Conditions

Strict conditions need to be adhered to when hiring a cat trap from the Council:

  • Cat traps are to be used to catch cats only.
  • Cat traps can only be used on a property within the Greater Shepparton City Council municipality.
  • Traps are constructed in such a manner to allow for the humane capture of various animals under current legislation. They are not to be altered or modified in any manner and must only be used to catch cats.
  • Once an animal is captured it must be removed from the trap within an hour of capture where possible. If the animal cannot be released in that time frame the trap/cage must be either removed from the elements or covered.  It must be removed to a place away from all other animals.
  • Water and food must be provided at all times.
  • The cat’s welfare must be protected especially when temperatures drop below 10°C or exceed 20°C.
  • Traps can only be returned to the Shepparton Animal Shelter from Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4.15pm.
  • Captured cats are to only be released back to their owners or to the Shepparton Animal Shelter.
  • When a cat is being transported it is recommended that a waterproof cover be placed under the trap and a cover be placed over the trap.
  • Only plain fresh cat food, fish, chicken or meat should be used as a lure inside the trap.
  • Traps are provided in a clean working state and must be returned in the same condition.
  • All conditions must be met to obtain the full deposit refund.
  • The deposit will be returned into your nominated bank account approximately 14 days after the trap is returned in working order and Council has received a completed Supplier Registration Form with your nominated bank details.
  • If the trap is damaged or misplaced, the hirer is responsible for the cost to replace or repair the cage.

Ranger Cat Trapping Program

Greater Shepparton City Council can arrange for a Community Ranger to conduct a Ranger Trapping Program (subject to conditions) in circumstances where an applicant is unable to hire a cat trap.

Ranger Cat Trapping Program Fees

Cost of program per 5 business days (Monday to Friday): $220
Pensioner price: *price on application

Fees are correct for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Ranger Cat Trapping Program Application

To apply for the Ranger Cat Trapping Program, please contact Council.

Ranger Cat Trapping Program Conditions

Strict conditions apply when a Ranger Cat Trapping Program occurs:

  • The Ranger Cat Trapping program is subject to availability and Council approval.
  • The fees of the Ranger Cat Trapping program are non refundable.
  • Council cannot guarantee that cats will be caught during the trapping program.
  • Trapping can only be used to catch cats.
  • Trapping can only occur on a property within the Greater Shepparton City Council municipality.
  • Trapping can only occur on the applicant's own premises.
  • Trapped cats can be cats that are trespassing, are semi-feral and living on the premises or are owned by the applicant.
  • A maximum of five traps will be set at any one time.
  • The ranger will attend the property and set the cat traps during Council business hours only.
  • Traps will only be set in an area that is out of the weather, away from dogs and other animals, and where it can be appropriately secured.
  • Rangers will reattend the property a maximum of twice each business day to collect any trapped cats.
  • All trapped cats will be transported to the Shepparton Animal Shelter.
  • The applicant is responsible for monitoring the traps and contacting the Ranger to arrange collection.
  • Traps will not be set in extreme weather to ensure the welfare of any trapped cats are not compromised.
  • Traps are constructed in such a manner to allow for the humane capture of various animals under current legislation. They are not to be altered or modified in any manner and must only be used to catch cats.
  • Only plain fresh cat food, fish, chicken or meat will be used as a lure inside the trap.
  • Traps are provided in a clean working state. If the trap is damaged or misplaced whilst at the property, the applicant is responsible for the cost to replace or repair the cage.