About Cat Haven
“Rescuing Cats from the Perils of the Streets” was the original aim of the Cat Welfare Society when it was established in 1961. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated staff and volunteers over many years we have grown to become Western Australia’s premier cat welfare organisation, trading under the name of Cat Haven.
Cat Haven, WA’s largest shelter for homeless, lost and abused cats. Our vision is that every WA cat should be a well-cared for cat and we work towards achieving this by providing:
- shelter facilities for lost, abandoned and stray cats;
- a foster care program that allows sick, injured and shy animals to recover in volunteers’ homes until they are ready for adoption; and
- a re-homing program at the Cat Haven campus as well as through a network of 15 pet stores across the metropolitan area.
Cat Haven takes in over 8,000 cats and kittens every year and has a zero euthanasia rate for treatable re-homable cats. We have over 700 members, employ 55 staff and are supported by 71 volunteers who assist at the shelter and over 800 volunteer foster carers.
Cat Haven’s core business is not only about improving the welfare of cats and kittens but also about improving the lives of people in the community and protecting our environment. Our rescue and surrender services ensure stray and unwanted cats are properly cared for and placed into suitable new homes rather than being ‘dumped’ on the streets. In this way we help reduce the stray and feral cat population and all the problems these can create for people as well as protecting native species. Our re-homing services help people find a cat or kitten that suits their lifestyle thereby helping individuals and families gain the benefits of owning a companion animal.
In addition to these services, Cat Haven run a number of community programs including:
- Free emergency cat boarding for people in crisis
We provide free emergency boarding of cats and kittens for people in crisis situations, such as escaping domestic violence; being made homeless; needing emergency hospital treatment; or needing inpatient mental health treatment. Often, in situations involving domestic violence and mental health problems, people have little or no access to support from family or friends and are socially isolated. For these pet owners and their children, the bond and companionship they share with their cat is a lifeline. Unfortunately, most human refuges and hospitals will not allow pets, and traditional pet boarding facilities not only charge a fee but will not take pets on short notice without appropriate veterinarian records to show that vaccinations are current. As a result, people may delay fleeing violence or seeking medical treatment due to concerns over the safety of their cat. When a person does eventually seek help, they generally have to surrender their pet resulting in further trauma for them. Cat Haven supports people in seeking the help they need by providing free boarding for their cat so that they know their cat will be safe and that they can be reunited once their circumstances improve.
- Companion cats in residential aged care facilities
Studies have shown that regular interaction with animals has a positive effect on mental health and also helps to combat feelings of loneliness, particularly in the aged community. Cat Haven encourages Perth residential care facilities to adopt older, more sedate cats to become a communal cat at the facility bringing companionship and joy to the residents. Cat Haven provides food and equipment for the cat free of charge and monitors the well being of the cat providing free health checks and vet treatment as required.
- Subsidised sterilisation and microchipping
If a litter of kittens is surrendered to Cat Haven we offer free sterilisation of the mother cat to ensure no further litters are produced. We also conduct special projects to assist members of the community in sterilising and microchipping their cats.
- Cat Rescue Service
Cat Haven employs a Cat Rescue Officer who is skilled in cat handling and available to assist members of the public and Local Government Authorities in rescuing stray animals. Our Cat Rescue Officer has assisted with trapping and collecting abandoned cats and kittens; rescuing cats and kittens caught in dangerous places such as drains and chimneys; collecting cats from hoarding situations; and providing advice to Rangers and the general public regarding cat handling to minimise the risk of injuries to people and the cats.
- Outreach Program
Our Outreach Program offers free cat food to financially disadvantaged people in the Perth community, helping them keep their companion cat in their homes.
- Education about cat welfare issues and responsible pet ownership
We provide education and training to volunteers and the general public to raise awareness of, and commitment to, sterilisation, microchipping and cat care to optimise cat well being and reduce the number of stray and unwanted cats which is vital to protect native fauna. Education is provided through social media, print media, radio, telephone advice, group presentations and special events.
- Training opportunities for Murdoch University Veterinary students.
Each year, students training to become vets or vet nurses at Murdoch University spend practical placements at Cat Haven. In the shelter Vet Clinic they are exposed to a wide range of cat and kitten health issues and have the opportunity to observe clinical consultations with owners; clinical examinations; diagnostic testing and result interpretation; development of treatment plans including use of medications; surgery and post surgical care. Cat Haven works closely with specialist veterinarians in fields such as orthopaedics and ophthalmology, which provides students with exposure to these areas of specialisation.
- Assistance to other animal welfare groups.
Cat Haven works closely with the RSPCA and local community rescue groups. We assist the RSPCA with the rescue of cats and kittens and can provide care for animals on occasions the RSPCA facilities are full. We support small rescue groups by inviting their participation in adoption events giving their rescued animals a higher profile and better chance of finding homes. We also share donations when we receive surplus to our needs and provide vet advice and short term care for animals when possible.
Our ValuesCat Haven’s core values underpin our actions and guide our behaviour as individuals and as an organisation. They are fundamental to the way we work to achieve our mission and aspirations.
IntegrityWe behave ethically and honestly. We are professional, trustworthy and dedicated to our work.
RespectWe embrace diversity and listen to different points of view. We consider the feelings, wishes and rights of others.
KindnessWe are approachable, helpful, considerate and compassionate. We care about the welfare of people and animals.
Ongoing improvementWe are motivated, industrious and committed to achieving optimal outcomes. We value learning and welcome new ideas and ways to improve as individuals and as an organisation.
Collaboration and TeamworkWe fulfil our responsibilities and support others to fulfil theirs. We are reliable, cooperative and generous in sharing our skills and knowledge.
GovernanceThe Cat Welfare Society Inc is an Incorporated Association that is overseen by a Board of Management elected from and by the Society’s members. Currently Board members include professionals from a broad range of industries.
Candy Choo - ChairCandy Choo joined the Board in October 2019. Candy has extensive background in corporate governance, risk management, advocacy and membership not for profit organisations over the past 12 years. As the CEO of Local Government Professionals WA and an experienced practitioner in organisation psychology, Candy has a strong track records in leading transformation and innovation in organisations as well as delivering on strategic outcomes.
Besides being passionate in cat welfare, Candy’s experiences with other membership associations also sees her bringing key expertise into Cat Haven to drive membership attraction and retention.
Candy is a registered psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Brenda Quinby - Vice ChairBrenda joined the Cat Haven Board in 2019. Brenda has over 40 years’ experience in corporate and government organisations as an IT systems project manager, business analyst and a technical writer. Those organisations and industries have covered most major business sectors, including mining, government, wagering, telecoms and technology
Brenda has also run her own small business for the last 25 years managing short stay accommodation in central Perth.
Brenda has been a volunteer at Cat Haven for the last four years, fostering over 40 cats, working on the grounds, and applying for grants.
Brenda and her partner have adopted two of their Cat Haven foster cats.
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Robin Orton - SecretaryRobin Orton joined the Board in October 2019 and has over 13 years experience as a Civil Engineer. He has a strong technical background along with project management experience, including subcontractor and financial management.
Robin also has extensive stakeholder management experience coupled with strong communication skills. He was worked with volunteer organisations and has a keen interest in social media.
Robin has four cats and has a passion for responsible cat ownership.
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Nick Coombes - TreasurerNick joined the Board in August 2020 as Treasurer. For the last 17 years he has worked as an Executive in the banking and financial services industry. During that period.
Nick has been lucky enough to be educated and exposed to frequent and highly regarded training revolving around leadership, commercial finance and general insurance.
Nick is genuinely interested in developing business opportunities through excellent customer service, efficient business practice and a pro-active attitude towards change management.
Nick and his wife Laura adopted Tabby over 4 years ago, and have been frequent participants of many of the Cat Haven events and regular donators.
When Nick is not working, or taking care of the fruit trees out the back, he enjoys watching the NFL with his cat Bontzi.
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Katy JaksicKaty has been an active volunteer with Cat Haven since 2005 including being on the then Committee of Management between 2007 through to 2011 during a major transitional phase of the organisation.
Over the past 15 years, Katy has been heavily involved in Cat Haven’s community fundraising events which has contributed not only additional funding but created new external relationships fostering more support for Cat Haven.
Over the years through her contacts, she has also arranged the donation of numerous trades, services and goods for the betterment of Cat Haven. As a passionate advocate in animal welfare Katy has been a member of other animal welfare committees along with visiting animals shelters in Nepal and India and volunteering at a cat shelter in Bali.
In 2016 Katy attended a companion animal shelter expo in the US run by the Humane Society to gain insight and learn new ideas in aspects of shelter management from numerous large organisations.
Katy has extensive experience in facility and project management within the mining sector and is now employed by a publicly listed company managing federal parliamentary offices across WA and SA.
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Paul Anderson-JohnsonPaul Anderson-Johnson joined the board in October 2019. Paul has over 28 years experience in the construction materials sector is a wide variety of Management roles including sales, production and warehousing and was WA State Manager for Boral Timber for 7 years before taking on the role of Business Development Manager with Bosch Timber. Paul also has extensive and proven experience in successful safety management, training and systems with over 20 years MTI & LTI free in businesses under his management and is passionate about working in consultation with all stakeholders to achieve optimum outcomes in this area. Paul holds a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and achieved Bronze Level Certification in Sandler Sales Systems at the end of 2018 and will be pursuing Silver Certification in 2020.
Paul and his wife Ngaire have also been actively involved in Animal Welfare matters since early 2017 having successfully reunited several families with their missing pets and volunteering in a variety of roles within Rescue. Their main interest is recovering cats from industrial areas, domesticating them and seeing them through to adoption.
Paul and Ngaire have two cats from Cat Haven, one from the Shenton Park facility and one from the External Adoption Centre programme, and a third they recovered from an industrial area as an undomesticated 18 month old who ultimately stayed on as the consummate house cat.
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Maryam OmariProfessor Maryam Omari joined the Board in August 2020 and has been the Executive Dean of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and a member of the University’s Executive team since December 2015. Maryam has a PhD, Masters in Business (HRM), Graduate Diploma in Business (Management), and a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and has lived, studied and worked in the Middle East, UK and US.
Maryam has been a board member of International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH) (2016 – 2020); the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) (2014-2016); and Connectgroups WA (2013-2016). She has also been the Chair of the International Management Stream of (ANZAM) annual conference; a Judge for the annual Telstra Business and Business Woman of the Year Awards; and a member of the WA Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) State Council; and the WA representative on the national AHRI Research Advisory Panel (RAP).
Her areas of research interest are: dignity and respect at work; cross cultural management and communications, and preparing work and world-ready graduates.
She has been a supporter of Cat Haven for more than 10 years and has a passion of cats, their quality of life and wellbeing. She has 2 furry children of her own, Abyssinians Tasha and Misha.
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Amy PearnAmy joined the Board in August 2020. As a genetic counsellor for over 15 years, Amy has a background in science and healthcare, skills in communication and public education, and an evidence-based approach to action. As well as clinical and research experience, she also works in governance, policy, and project management. Amy now independently manages her own private genetic counseling practice, and sits on a number of voluntary groups in the genetic and cancer care spaces.
Since her childhood, Amy’s family have been a permanent home to 5 cats (including 2 orphans and a stray). As an active member of the Cat Haven Foster Carers community since 2012, she has helped over 30 Cat Haven cats and kittens find or keep their forever homes. She hopes to extend her advocacy for health and wellbeing to the welfare of cats and kittens through her role on the Board.
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Rules of Association
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