BOPCCP is a collaboration of council, animal and conservation organisations. Our aim is to manage the cat population in the Bay of Plenty Region over the next 24 months, so that the unowned cat population becomes significantly reduced in areas;
- where cats pose a significant threat to wildlife through predation. In particular, where this involves endangered species or where a wildlife population is approaching a critical threshold beyond which it cannot recover.
- where welfare of the cats is compromised
- where cats present a public health risk to humans, either through the transmission of zoonotic disease (e.g. toxoplasmosis) or contamination of the environment (through urine, faeces)
- where cats cause a public nuisance e.g. fighting, scavenging for food (at rubbish dumps, restaurants, hotels)
- where cats present a risk to other cats through the transmission of disease (e.g. viruses)