2016 was Cat Haven’s Record Rehoming Year and the cats came from all over WA
23 January 2017
Cat Haven, WA’s largest stray cat shelter, has had a record rehoming year with 5278 cats finding new homes out of the 6573 cats surrendered to them in 2016.
“We have had the best year ever for adoptions at Cat Haven with a rehoming rate of 80%, which is an awesome result for a single animal shelter. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of donors, adopters, volunteers, supporters and staff. It was a tough year with a steady flow of over 6500 cats coming in and because we are keeping more cats alive than ever before, we have been very low on funds.” Cat Haven Marketing Officer, Chandra Woodley commented.
The shelter has taken cats from all over WA this year, with cats being surrendered to them from other rescue groups who have flown them down to Perth for rehoming during the quieter winter months when they are still breeding in the warmer areas. “We have taken cats and kittens from places as far afield as Broome, Karratha, Port Hedland and Carnarvon, through to Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Bunbury and Narrogin to name a few.” Cat Haven’s Chandra Woodley said.
“Summer is one of the busiest times for Cat Haven with dozens of cute kittens arriving daily along with lost and abandoned cats. Most of the kittens that come in are from stray litters found in bushland, industrial areas and back yards, or from people who haven’t sterilised their cat yet and they are shocked that it has had a litter! One of the main reasons given for adult cat surrenders is that people are moving house into a place that doesn’t allow pets which is devastating for both the owner and the cat.” Cat Haven’s Chandra Woodley said.
Cat Haven has not had any cats returned to them as ‘unwanted Christmas gifts’ this year and they are confident that the message not to buy a surprise cat for Christmas is getting through to the public at last.
“Christmas and the summer holidays are actually a good time to adopt a cat provided it has been a considered decision, as there are so many cats here to suit everyone’s lifestyle and colour preferences, plus often people will have more time at home to spend getting to know their new feline family member.” Cat Haven’s Marketing Officer said.
With over 340 kittens and cats in foster care, 280 cats waiting at the shelter and at Pet Barn/City Farmer stores (Cat Haven’s external adoption centres), they are encouraging people to come and adopt a new friend for the New Year. Adoption packages at Cat Haven all include sterilization and micro-chipping to comply with the cat law.
“Although so far due to the long winter, kitten season has started later and there has been a more manageable flow of kittens surrendered to Cat Haven, there are still just too many cats for the shelter. It costs over $28 a day to keep a cat here, which equates to over $6000 a day when the shelter is full. As a charity relying only on donations, this means money is always an issue.” Chandra Woodley said.
For all media enquiries contact Chandra Woodley on 0412 115 937