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Perhaps a cat has played an important part in yours or a loved one’s lives. Or you simply care about animal welfare.
Why not leave a lasting legacy by leaving funds or property to Cat Haven in your Will.
For nearly 60 years now, Cat Haven has been at the forefront of Cat Welfare in WA. We are the only “Open Admission” shelter in WA and we never say “No” to any cat, no matter how full we are, or the condition of the cat. Over the years, we have taken in tens of thousands of cats, and have rehomed many. We provide a low cost on-site cat sterilisation clinic – we believe that no one should be denied the companionship of their much loved cat, simply due to financial hardship.
We have lobbied for years for the introduction of State-wide cats laws which would ensure all cats are sterilised prior to being able to breed. These laws have now been enforced, and now we enter a new phase of cat welfare.
Making Sure Your Gift is Managed Well
Our current site which has served us well for 40 years needs to be rebuilt as we can only hold a maximum of 300 cats and are often full. Your bequest would help us redevelop the shelter over time and keep more cats alive and rehomed to loving homes. We need to provide a more enriching environment for the cats entrusted to our care. We also need to develop a separate sick cat recuperation room to help with their recovery and keep sick cats away from our healthy cats, and have a wish list for a special adoption room separate from the reception area.
All of the costs of running our services have to be raised by us each year. We receive minimal government funding to operate any of our services and we have to rely on the generosity of the general public to operate. Any bequests are invested carefully and the interest is used across our annual budget to cover our running costs where needed.
Why not Leave a Lasting Legacy by Considering Cat Haven in Your Will
A will makes your wishes clear, leaves nothing to chance and allows you to provide as you choose. It also gives you the opportunity to leave a lasting gift in the form of a bequest.
We understand that family and friends are at the forefront of your thoughts when considering these decisions. Perhaps though, when you have provided for loved ones, you could consider assisting long term cat welfare in WA via a bequest to Cat Haven. We can also make arrangements for us to care for and rehome your cat.
Please speak to us at Cat Haven, ask for a copy of our Bequests Brochure and we recommend that you take advice from your legal advisor, Public Trustee or other professional Will maker whilst making your Will.
You can also complete and return the Pet Surrender Form and Cat Profile and return them to us now in advance so that we are aware of your wishes in the event of your death, which will ensure we are prepared and help smooth the process for your cat.
Cat Custodians is a service provided by Cat Haven aimed at giving you peace of mind if you are concerned about what might happen if you pass away before your cat.
Cat Haven Cats Custodians Frequently Asked QuestionsIf you are considering asking us to take care of your cat, we understand that you’re likely to have a few questions about our Cat Custodians service. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked:
How much does the service cost?The Cat Custodians service is free of charge however, we anticipate that you will choose to leave us a gift in your Will, as a way of saying thank you for promising to make arrangements for the care of their feline friend.
Gifts in Wills are vital to the work of Cat Haven and any gift could make an incredible difference to the lives of the cats and kittens we help in future.
How many cats are you willing to look after as part of the scheme?Whilst we don’t have a formal limit on the number of cats we will take into our care, there are obvious difficulties in finding space at short notice for a large number of cats. If you have more than four cats, please get in touch to speak with us about your circumstances.
What if I get a new cat?Once you have registered with our Cat Custodians service, we will promise to look after any cat(s) you may have when you pass away, not just the ones you have when you register. However, any updated information about your cats is always useful, as it ensures we can provide the best possible care for them when the time comes.
How do I register with the Cat Custodians service?Firstly, just complete the registration form found in our Cat Custodians Brochure here and return it to us at Cat Haven. If you have more than one cat, please use a continuation form to register any additional cats. Cat Profile form can be downloaded here and Cat Surrender Form here.
Once we receive your form we will ensure that this information is included on our database.
We will then send you out your notification items (wallet card, notification form), which you can use to alert your friends and family to the fact you have registered to the Cat Custodians service.
You will need to make sure you include instructions in your Will that confirms you would like Cat Haven to look after your cat(s) in the event of your death. Our suggested clause for this is: My Executors should contact Cat Welfare Society t/as Cat Haven (Licensed Charity Number 17686) 23 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, WA, 6008 to arrange for the care of any cats that I may own at the time of my death
How would you find out that I’ve died?Once you register with our Cats Custodians scheme you should let your family, friends, neighbours and the executors of your Will know that you have made arrangements for Cats Haven to care for your cats in the event of your death.
Furthermore, we will provide you with a wallet card, which can be kept on you at all times, and a notification form, that can be kept with your personal documents. These items have all of our relevant contact details, and have space to put down information about your cats too.
What will happen once you have been informed of my death?As soon as we are informed that someone who is registered with our Cat Custodians service has died, our support teams will liaise with our local staff and volunteers to make arrangements for the immediate care of the cats in question as a priority.
Once in our care, all cats will get a thorough professional vet health check as well as vaccination, sterilisation and micro chipping as appropriate.
What happens if my family offer to take the pet?Our Cat Custodians service is to cover eventualities where alternative provisions cannot be made for your cat’s care. If a family member or friend is subsequently willing to offer your cat the care it needs, then we will explore that option first, providing it is in the best interest of your cat.
Will my cat be rehomed or kept by Cat Haven?You can rest assured that we will never give up trying to find your cat a loving new home, no matter how long it takes. Once in our care your cat will be subject to our normal policies and procedures, including sterilisation, vaccination, micro chipping and adoption or fostering.
Can you care for my cat but not rehome it?At Cat Haven we believe that finding a loving new home is the best thing for the cats in our care, no matter how long it takes. We would ensure that any potential new home matches your cat’s individual needs and requirements. We appreciate that some cats are harder to rehome than others – but you can rest assured that we never put a healthy Cat Custodian registered cat to sleep, no matter how long they stay with us before we find them a home. The welfare of cats in our care is paramount to Cat Haven and only if your cat shows signs of extreme pain or has a serious illness that cannot be cured, would be consider making the decision to humanely euthanise your cats.
Can you rehome my cats together?If you wish for your cats to be rehomed together, you should mention this to us. Although we cannot guarantee that this will be possible, we will do everything we can to honour your wishes.
In every event, we always do what is in the best interests of the cats in our care. If trying to find a single owner for more than one cat results in them spending longer than necessary in one of our branches or centres, then we would have to review the situation. However, in the vast majority of cases it is often understood that is better to keep these cats together and we pride ourselves on being able to find them a loving new home with this in mind
Do you assess the suitability of potential new owners?To ensure we are finding the cats in our care the right home, we have a comprehensive procedure, which includes a series of questions about the lifestyle, home location, council requirements, other pets and family members in the household.
How do I ensure my wishes are acted upon?As part of the registration process we ask that you include a clause in your Will about these arrangements. Our suggested clause for this is: My Executors should contact Cat Welfare Society t/as Cat Haven (Licensed Charity Number 17686) 23 Lemnos Street, Shenton Park, WA, 6008 to arrange for the care of any cats that I may own at the time of my death.
Your executor will be the person responsible for carrying out your wishes, so we further recommend that you inform them of the arrangements you have made with us and provide them with the contact details found on the materials we provide.
What happens if I just have an emergency, rather than pass away?As terrible as these situations are, Cat Haven simply doesn’t have the capacity to take in an individual’s cats on a temporary basis. As a charity, we rely entirely on the funding of our incredibly kind and generous supporters and our resources are stretched further and further every year, making provisions such as these are rarely possible.
In situations such as these, we recommend you start by checking your pet insurance policy as some insurers will pay for the cost of boarding fees when an owner is hospitalised.
It is also very important that you ensure that your cat’s vaccinations are always up to date in case they need to go into boarding urgently as this is a requirement in our Boarding facility.
Your membership of the Cat Welfare Society will assist Cat Haven to improve cat welfare in Western Australia and to provide care and rehoming facilities for rescued and surrendered cats.
- Regular Cat Chat magazine
- 10% off all in-store products
- 10% discount on Boarding
- Invitations to Cat Haven events
- Eligibility to vote and to serve on the Board of Management (for members aged 18 years and over).
You can print your membership form here.
Corporate Pen Sponsorship is only $795 p/a and Personal Pen Sponsorship is just $495 p/a.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. More information and a sponsorship application form can be found in our Pen Sponsorship Brochure.
See some of our generous sponsors here
Sponsor Cat Haven - Corporate SponsorshipWe are always looking for corporate sponsors to help fund all aspects of running the shelter, from building and maintenance, to veterinary treatment, power, water and staffing costs. It costs $28 per day to keep a cat at the shelter and we need your corporate support to do this. We offer a whole range of brand exposure and partnership opportunities in return for your sponsorship dollar - please see our Corporate Sponsorship Brochure for more information or contact email@example.com.
Things Our Cats NeedAs a not-for-profit organisation Cat Haven is always in need of the following items in a clean, reasonable condition for our cats. They can be dropped off any day of the week during our opening hours and will make the lives of the cats in our care more comfortable.
- Towels, knitted blankets,linen and fleece blankets for bedding. * NOTE: We cannot use, sheets, thick blankets, doonas, pillows, electric blankets, old unsaleable clothes or quilts of any kind.
- Cat Litter - bags of unwanted cat litter are always welcome.
- Unwanted cat furniture, cat toys, cat bowls,litter trays & scoops, cat beds and cat carriers. We cannot use if badly soiled or broken. Special items such as CD players are often needed - these are kept in the cat sheds and used to play music to keep the cats calm. Please call ahead to check requirements.
Things Staff and Volunteers NeedWe are also always in need of items for our office, to assist with the day to day running of the shelter. We can use the following items, in a clean, reasonable and working condition.
- A4 copy paper - white
- Stationery items eg. pens, pencils, erasers, white out, post it notes, note books etc.
- Tea, coffee, sugar for our kitchen
Please note at the moment we do not require filing solutions such as lever arch files.
Each voucher sold donates to a specific cat or kitten, or contributes to one of our valuable sources.
Our Gift in Lieu vouchers come in five different types and price points, and are sent out to your address (or an address of your choice) laminated.
The different types are:
- Flea and Worm Treatment - $10
- Feed a Cat for a Week - $25
- Provide a Cat a Foster Home - $50
- Provide a Cat a Sterilisation and Microchip - $100
- Help Keep our Cat Rescue Service on the Road - $100
To purchase one of our Gift in Lieu vouchers you can easily and quickly order in our online shop, or phone Customer Service Supervisor on (08) 9442 3644.
Donation tins are an easy way to help raise the funds needed to keep our Foster Care Program running. This money goes directly to saving lives.
It costs us $25 for each cat and kitten that we put through our Foster Care Program. Can you help us raise the estimated $50,000 we need to ensure that we can continue this vital program by taking a tin to your workplace, asking at your local cafe or video store, or anywhere that would be willing to take a tin. Please contact Roz Robinson on (08) 9442 3677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Cat Haven would like to thank the following vet clinics, businesses and individuals for taking on a donation tin to help raise funds for our Foster Care Program.
|All Creatures||Andrew Lynn & Associates||Angela|
|Attadale Vet Clinic||Baker's Delight Cockburn Central||Anon|
|Balcatta Vet||Begonia Pets & Produce||Kelly Ang|
|Bayswater Vet||Bennet & Company||Grace Archer|
|City Beach Vet Clinic http://www.citybeachvet.com.au/||Better Pets and Gardens Clarkson||Madelyn Chen|
|Claremont Vet||Better Pets and Gardens Belmont||Kristie Clay|
|Grantham Street Vet||Better Pets and Gardens Bibra Lake||Mandy Coldham|
|Jandakot Vet Clinic||Better Pets and Gardens Wangara||Helen Cook|
|Karrinyup Vet||Brumby's Applecross||Brian Flett|
|Lynwood Vets||Cannington Ed Support||Glennis Freeman|
|Melville Vet Clinic||Craigie Gym||Anne Ghisalbert|
|Mirabooka Vet||Culley's Tea Rooms||Isobel Grigg|
|Nedlands Vet||Department of Defence||Pat Hakanson|
|Perth Vet Emergency||ECU Gym||Rob Hamilton|
|Riverton-Rossmoyne Vet||Flinders Pharmacy||Jane Harrison|
|Rockingham Vet||Gaia Resources||Alan Hassan|
|Vet West Canning Vale||Gybney's Dry Cleaners||Cassie Houghton|
|Vet West Clarkson||Gull Como||Mrs Jarvis|
|Vet West Currambine||Herdsman's Markets||Francis Kimberley|
|Vet West Duncraig||IGA Hamilton Hill||Michelle Merendino|
|Vet West Hillarys||IGA Wenbley||Joyce Molnar|
|Vet West Yokine||IGA Wembley Downs||Karla O'Brien|
|Willetton Vet||Jackie E||Philippa O'Brien|
|Joy Cafe Restaurant||Shelley Ockelford|
|Lush Cosmetics Garden City||Caito Smith|
|Margaret River Hemp Co Fremantle||Sally Smith|
|Medfin Perth||Kim Stannard-Brown|
|Melville Markets||Sri Terrell|
|Mundaring Pets||Tracy Terrill|
|My Pet Warehouse Osborne Park||Inna Turner|
|Paris Crepes Cafe Fremantle||Joyce Ying|
|Pet City Morley|
|Pet Magic Bibra Lake|
|Pet Magic Cannington|
|Pet Stock Balcatta|
|The Porn Shop|
|Prestige Shoe Repairs|
|Pure & Natural Fremantle|
|Select Pets Bicton|
|South Street Pet Supplies|
|TAB East Perth|
|Tree of Life Health & Welness|
|Video Lounge Como|
|Waldeck's Cockburn Central|
Care Home Residents and Staff Can Have the Joy of a Companion Cat with Guaranteed Ongoing Support – You Give the Love and Cat Haven Does All the Work
Cat Haven commenced a new Care Home Adoption Program for mature cats from the shelter in 2014. As older cats are often overlooked for adoption, they can remain in a cat pen for many months which can be detrimental to the cat’s health and wellbeing.
Our aim is to encourage Perth Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Retirement Homes to adopt these older, more sedate cats to become a communal cat at the home, to give joy and comfort to residents. We supply the appropriate companion cat, the initial 6kg bag of Hill's food, 12 month's worm and flea treatment, annual vaccinations and all the cat's health management for free!
Please contact Roz Robinson, Cat Haven CEO for more information on 9442 3677 or email email@example.com
Download our Nursing Homes Companion Cat brochure here.