About Cat Haven and our Governance

“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. 

Our vision is that every WA cat should be a well cared for cat and we work towards achieving this by:

  • providing a facility to care for lost, stray or unwanted cats
  • rehoming as many cats as possible through an effective adoption service
  • provide cost-effective sterilisation and microchip services
  • promoting community awareness of cat welfare and responsible cat ownership
  • providing quality boarding facilities

Cat Haven is an ‘open admission’ shelter which means we never turn away any cat no matter how old, sick or feral.  As a charity, with very little government funding, we rely heavily on donations from the public and businesses to keep cats fed, safe and healthy until they find a home.

Between 6500 and 8500 cats are surrendered to Cat Haven every year and we strive to find loving homes for as many of these cats as possible. Cats and kittens may be surrendered by owners who are no longer able to care for them or by people who find stray, abandoned or feral cats.  We also act as a ‘pound’ facility for many Local Government Authorities.

Cat Haven is part of the national ‘Getting to Zero’ program that aims to minimise euthanasia of healthy, treatable and re-homable animals.  Our euthanasia rate has dropped dramatically from around 75% a decade ago to just 9% in 2017 and is still dropping! This has been achieved by operating programs such as our Foster Care Program, Ringworm Cats Program, Animal Support Program, and Companion Cats Program that are saving thousands of cats’ lives.

Cat Haven also provides information and education about responsible cat ownership and the importance of sterilising and microchipping cats to assist with the broader issue of stray, feral and unwanted cats in WA.

We work proactively with key stakeholders and collaborate with other animal welfare groups and Local Government Authorities to advance the welfare of cats in Western Australia.  

Cat Haven is run by both paid staff and volunteers and we greatly value their contribution, along with the incredible generosity of our patrons, supporters, donors, foster carers, corporate sponsors and the media. See our kind sponsors here.

Our Values

Cat 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.


We behave ethically and honestly. We are professional, trustworthy and dedicated to our work. 


We embrace diversity and listen to different points of view.  We consider the feelings, wishes and rights of others.


We are approachable, helpful, considerate and compassionate.  We care about the welfare of people and animals.

Ongoing improvement

We 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 Teamwork

We fulfil our responsibilities and support others to fulfil theirs.  We are reliable, cooperative and generous in sharing our skills and knowledge.  


The 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. 

Cat Haven Board Members


Candy Choo - Chair

Candy 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. Photo of Candy 

Brenda Quinby - Vice Chair

Brenda 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.

Photo of Brenda

Robin Orton - Secretary

Robin 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.

Along with husband Scott, Robin has four cats and has a passion for responsible cat ownership. Photo of Robin.

Nick Coombes - Treasurer

Nick 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. Photo of Nick

Katy Jaksic 

Katy 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. Photo of Katy 

Paul Anderson-Johnson

Paul 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. Photo of Paul. 

Maryam Omari

Professor 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.

Photo of Maryam 

Amy Pearn

Amy 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 counselling 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. Photo of Amy

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Cat Haven Annual Report 2019 -2020

Cat Haven Annual Report 2019-2020