Media release, Cat Haven, Perth: 9 Dec 2009: 12 cats of Christmas
In a bid to raise awareness of pet ownership responsibilities, as well as re-home older cats that normally get overlooked at Christmas time, Cat Haven has launched a Christmas campaign.
Media and Communications Coordinator Jessica Reid said that lack of sterilisation combined with lack of commitment to care for a cat and stick by it for the duration of its life would see the dumping of up to 2000 pets at Cat Haven in only two months between December and January.
With limited capacity to hold only 120 cats at a time at Cat Haven and nowhere for the surplus to go Ms Reid said this Christmas time would see the euthanasia of around 85 percent of animals they received that had everything to live for.
“This Christmas we want to send a clear message to the public that pet ownership comes with a range of responsibilities,” she said.
“Pet ownership isn’t for everyone, you need to make sure that you can afford to keep the pet and sterilise it and that you are prepared for a 20 year commitment.
“There’s also the cost of unanticipated vet bills, food, who will look after it when you go on holidays and if you’re living in a rental property if you are allowed to let you keep a cat.”
Ms Reid said that in the twelve days leading up to Christmas, Cat Haven was profiling 12 older cats to give them an extra chance of finding a new home.
“At Christmas it’s always the older pets that miss out, because they are not as cute as the kittens,” she said.
“This Christmas, Cat Haven is profiling twelve older cats which are named in Christmas theme- we have Holly, Rudolf, Twinkle, Sparkle, Santa, Snowflake, Stardust, Elfie, Jingles, Bell, Tinsel and The Grinch all looking for loving homes.”
Ms Reid said this Christmas all cats that Cat Haven sold would be free to a good home, but only on the condition that owners bought an adoption package that start at $125 which includes essential services such as sterilisation that owners would need to purchase anyway to take care of the cat.
To see the 12 cats featured in the campaign, visit Cat Haven at 23 Lemnos Street in Shenton Park, or view them at Cat Havens website by logging onto www.cathaven.com.au
Media contact: Media and Communications Coordinator Jessica Reid, 0413 105 200, firstname.lastname@example.org. JPGS OF THE 12 CATS OF CHRISTMAS ARE AVAILABLE TO EMAIL IF REQUIRED.