Cat Haven is Over Run with Ringworm Kittens.

08 May 2018

Cat Haven is over run with Ringworm kittens with a recent influx of over 50 kittens affected by Ringworm, and overall they are caring for more cats this May than in previous years.

“We are desperate to adopt out our Ringworm kittens, who are quarantined in a separate area of the shelter where they get little contact or socialization with people which is such a shame as they are otherwise gorgeous fun kittens. Ringworm is not a worm but an easily treatable fungal skin condition a bit like Athletes Foot.” Chandra Woodley, Marketing Officer at Cat Haven said.

Cat Haven is currently caring for 620 cats and kittens, with around 270 cats at the shelter and 350 housed in temporary foster care until they have room for them at the shelter, or they are old enough to return for adoption. In May last year, the shelter numbers were less with only 190 cats on grounds and 250 in Fostercare, and only approximately 6 cats with Ringworm.

“However, don’t be surprised if you only actually see about 90 cats in the adoption sheds on any one day as the rest of them are constantly coming through the system every day when they have been treated for a whole range of conditions and illnesses in the vet clinic, been sterilized or returned from foster care – it is relentless! We even had a mother and newborn kittens come in to Cat Haven this week, which is quite unusual in May.” Chandra Woodley said.

“We are not sure why the kittens are coming in so late in the summer season, and we think maybe it is due to a milder Autumn, but sadly this means we will have many more cats at the shelter during winter when traditionally we are able to cope with much lower numbers. The surge in Ringworm kittens is down to more humidity this summer, where the fungus thrives.” Chandra Woodley said.

Ringworm is a simple skin condition that is treatable in around four weeks. It is highly contagious but if good hygiene practices are use, people are unlikely to be affected. Cat Haven Ringworm kittens can be adopted for free and all treatment is free of charge. They also need more foster carers willing to temporarily house and treat the kittens.

Cat Haven is the only stray cat shelter in WA that treats and adopts out Ringworm cats and this puts an enormous strain on their already stretched resources. As a charity, they are desperate for more donated funds to continue their commitment to not putting healthy cats to sleep.

Cat Haven has rescued 1865 more cats in the last year than they have in the previous seven years – an increase of 22%. The shelter took in a whopping 8436 cats in 2017 as opposed to 6571 cats in 2016, but they managed to find homes for 13% more with a seven year record adoption figure of 6438 cats. They also managed to keep their euthanasia rate down to a very low 12.5%.

“The number of cats coming in from Council Rangers across the metro area is the same as last year, indicating that the Cat Laws are holding steady. Much of the increase is due to ‘owner surrenders’ with 1000 more cats being handed in 2017 and our funds are stretched to the limit – we desperately more Government or corporate assistance or we simply can’t carry on.” Cat Haven Marketing Officer Chandra Woodley said.

“Of the thousands of ‘owned cats’ surrendered to Cat Haven in person, the main reason given by well over 900 people is economic hardship or moving interstate or overseas. There is doubling of the figures of those who are homeless and can no longer keep a cat and an increase in the number of people forced to give up their cat due to moving to a place where pets aren’t allowed like nursing homes or some apartments, which is very distressing for them.” Chandra Woodley said.

Since the Cat Act came into effect in WA in 2013, it is law that all cats over 6 months old must be sterilized, microchipped and registered with the local Council.

To find out more adopting or fostering a cat, sterilizing or microchipping, or to donate to Cat Haven people can contact the shelter on 9442 3600 or online at www.cathaven.com.au

ENDS

8 May 2018

For all media enquiries contact Chandra Woodley 0412 115 937 or email chandra.woodley@cathaven.com.au


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