Home for the Holidays - Cat Haven Giving Away Free Cats to a Good Home This Labour Day

24 February 2015

Fee Free Adoption Drive - Labour Day Long Weekend

Cat Haven is bursting at the seams with over 340 cats at the shelter. They are having a massive adoption drive and they are giving away all their adult cats for free for the Labour Day holiday weekend, starting this Saturday February 28th to Monday 2 March.

“Cat Haven is taking desperate measures of a fee free adoption weekend to ease the pressure of too many stray cats at the shelter. We are completely full, with cats housed together and temporarily in outside runs instead of in cat pens which is not ideal. We are running on a shoestring budget as it costs thousands of dollars a week to keep all the cats, and we have an exhausted team of staff and volunteers now”. Cat Haven’s Marketing Officer Chandra Woodley said

“We have had a ‘third wave’ of cats surrendered in large numbers in the last few weeks due to the continuing kitten season, and we are in crisis. Staff and foster carers are at breaking point as we have over 300 cats on grounds at the moment and over 500 cats out in temporary foster care. Although we really need the funds generated from adoption fees, we are left with no alternative than to give the adult cats away. With kittens still readily available and in demand, it is virtually impossible to re-home our older cats”. Chandra Woodley said

“Cat Haven takes in over 6500 unwanted cats a year and rehomes half of them but cat adoptions have slowed and many of the cats have been couped up in the shelter for far too long now. Although we are completely full, we have come way too far with our Getting to Zero Euthanasia Program at only 20%, to be forced to euthanize healthy cats now”.

Cat Haven has taken the lead from a prominent animal welfare shelter in Victoria and other successful, leading animal welfare groups in the US whereby these shelters found no adverse outcomes from giving away their cats in desperate times and they collected a lot of money in donations and sponsorship during the adoption drive.

Chandra Woodley said ”Stringent adoption standards and screening will apply as always and Cat Haven will still have the right of refusal. Of course, all our cats comply with the new Cat Laws and come to you sterilised, microchipped, health checked and vaccinated, even if we are giving them away free, so there has never been a better time to adopt a cat!”

People can pre pick their perfect cat from the Cat Haven website www.cathaven.com.au in advance or visit the cats at the shelter in Shenton Park.

For all media enquiries contact Chandra Woodley on 9442 3600 or 0412 115 937.


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