Cat Haven Giving Away Free Cats in Desperate Attempt to Ease Stray Cat Surge

21 October 2014

Cat Haven Giving Away Free Cats in Desperate Attempt to Ease Stray Cat Surge

Press Release issued: 25 March 2014 at 12:00am

Date: 25 March 2014

Cat Haven Giving Away Free Cats in Desperate Attempt to Ease Stray Cat Surge

Cat Haven is having a massive adoption drive and is giving away all its adult cats for free for two weeks, starting this Saturday 29 March until 6 April, in conjunction with World Stray Day and in a bid to ease the pressure of too many stray cats in the shelter.

No animal shelter has ever given stray cats away for free in Western Australia,  but Cat Haven is taking desperate measures as its shelter is nearly full, with cats stacked in dog crates instead of cat pens and an exhausted team of staff and volunteers.

“Although the new Cat Law has had an initial positive effect, we have had a ‘third wave’ of cats surrendered in large numbers in the last couple of weeks due to the late kitten season, and we are in crisis.  Staff are at breaking point as we have over 300 cats on grounds at the moment and over100 cats out in temporary foster care. With it costing over $2500 per day to keep all these stray cats, 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 rehome our older cats”. Marketing Officer Chandra Woodley said

“Cat Haven takes in 6-8000 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 bursting at the seams, we have come too far with our Getting to Zero Euthanasia Program to be forced to euthanize healthy cats now”.

Cat Haven has taken the lead from the Melbourne Lost Dogs Home 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 and vaccinated, even if we are giving them away free, so there has never been a better time to adopt a cat!”

This free cat giveaway coincides with World Stray Day on April 4th, which is a worldwide celebrated day to give special attention to the 600 million stray animals in the world. Stray animals lead poor and miserable lives on the streets, scavenging for food, suffering from extreme heat and often diseases.  World Stray Day is the day to show compassion for stray cats in Western Australia.

People can pre pick their perfect cat from the Cat Haven website in advance or visit the shelter in Shenton Park.

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