More Cat Haven Felines Find Homes Than Ever

21 October 2014

More Cat Haven felines find homes than ever before

Press Release issued: 29 January 2013 at 12:00am

Cat adoptions at Cat Haven soared throughout 2012 while the number of animals put to sleep dropped drastically, the shelter’s statistics reveal.

Over the past year, the state’s largest cat welfare organisation took in 8296 cats and kittens, slightly more than in 2011.

A total of 4398 animals were rehomed, 40 per cent more than the year before.

“This is the highest number of cats and kittens we have found homes for in Cat Haven’s 51-year history,” spokesman David Settelmaier said.

“It’s a clear indication that West Australians are making a conscious decision to give rescue cats a chance at a better life.

While adoptions increased, the number of cats and kittens euthanased dropped by 17 per cent to 3804.

“Euthanasia is a sad consequence of being the state’s only open-admission shelter, but the stark decrease in the number of animals put to sleep shows that the drive to save more lives is working,” Mr Settelmaier said.

With the expansion of Cat Haven’s foster care program, a total of 2450 cats and kittens took up residence with members of the community in 2012, 40 per cent more than in 2011.

“Our foster care program is the most important component of saving more cats and kittens, because it provides shelter away from the shelter, out in the community” Mr Settelmaier explained.

Mr Settelmaier said he expected this year’s introduction of WA’s first cat laws to be a major turning point for Cat Haven. 

From November 1, all domestic cats over six months of age will need to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with the local council.

“Our cats and kittens are all sterilised, microchipped, vaccinated and health-checked when they are adopted, which we believe sets a solid foundation for responsible pet ownership.”

The statistics at a glance:


  2012 2011 2010
Cats received 8296 8111 7704
Rehomed 4398 3129 3188
Cats Reclaimed 116 144 112
Fostered 2450 1723 1629
Euthanased 3804 4542 3892

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