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Cat Haven backs launch of cat legislation consultation paper

Press release; Cat Haven, Perth; Date of issue: 8 June 2010

Cat Haven has applauded the development of a proposed cat legislation paper which is being launched for public consultation this Wednesday 9 June at Cat Haven. The shelter hopes the consultation paper will lead to compulsory state sterilisation laws being introduced very soon which will help save the lives of thousands of cats and kittens in WA every year and reduce problems caused by unsterilised cats in the community.

Cat Haven Operations Manager Roz Robinson said Cat Haven had been campaigning for compulsory state sterilisation laws for many years. “The initiative shown by the current government in trying to push these long awaited sterilisation laws through is both encouraging and refreshing and to now be at the stage of having the public consultation paper launched is very exciting,”

Ms Robinson said. “It is estimated that 14 000 cats and kittens are put to sleep in WA every year due to an overpopulation caused by lack of sterilisation. “As a society we really need to be doing a lot more to address this awful situation and compulsory sterilisation laws are definitely a big step in the right direction.”

One of Cat Haven’s original volunteers Val Mitchell said tomorrow’s launch was a very important milestone for the organisation. “I have worked at Cat Haven since it first opened and seen firsthand the detrimental effects that lack of sterilisation brings,” Ms Mitchell said. “Being the largest cat shelter in the state we care for over 8000 unwanted cats and kittens a year so we see problems caused by lack of sterilisation amplified.”

Aside from improving cat welfare in Western Australia Cat Haven believes compulsory sterilisation laws will be a big win for communities and reduce environmental issues.

Media contact: For all media enquiries contact Jessica Reid, Cat Haven Media and Communications Coordinator 0413 105 200 or jessica.reid@cathaven.com.au


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Cat dumping and euthanasia soars to its highest – Cat Haven cannot cope with the amount of pets dumped

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, jessica.reid@cathaven.com.au. JPGS OF THE 12 CATS OF CHRISTMAS ARE AVAILABLE TO EMAIL IF REQUIRED.

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Cat Haven prepares for influx of unwanted kittens

MANDURAH has been identified as WA’s worst area for cat dumping, as the first unwanted kittens of the breeding season begin arriving at the Cat Haven.

Hundreds of unwanted kittens were put down during the last Christmas breeding season and Haven operations manager Roz Robinson said staff at the shelter were preparing for another busy and traumatic summer.

During December 2008 and January this year, 59 cats or kittens were abandoned in Mandurah – the highest number in WA.  Maylands, Belmont and Hamilton Hill also rated among the worst suburbs for cat dumping.

“After the peak cat breeding season, kittens start to filter in around about now. In December and January last Christmas the haven received around 1000 cats each month,” Ms Robinson said.

“As we can only provide a shelter for 120 cats at a time and only arrange fostering for a few, there is nowhere for the surplus to go, so you can imagine the shocking euthanasia figures. Some days our vets were having to euthanise close to 100 cats and kittens.

“This is not only a waste of healthy young lives, it’s a completely stressful time for staff at the haven and appalling to anyone passionate about animal welfare.”

Ms Robinson said the public could play a crucial role in minimising the number of unwanted pets this Christmas.

“There are ways that the people of Perth can help us save these animals starting right now,” she said.

“Firstly, if you purchase a kitten make sure you sterilise it by the time it reaches five months old.

“Cats breed from five months of age so by sterilising we can break the breeding cycle and decrease the unwanted cat population.

“It’s also important to understand your responsibilities as a pet owner.

“Cats are a 20 year commitment and are not disposable commodities. They cost around $20 a week to keep, then there’s sterilisation, unanticipated vet bills, boarding costs if you go on holidays and land lords permission if you live in a rental property.

“Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can drop your unwanted pet off at Cat Haven and it will find a home, more often than not they don’t.”

Ms Robinson urged the public to buy their pets from Cat Haven or other animal shelters where the cats are health checked and sterilisation is included in the price.

WA worst suburbs for kitten dumping .1. Mandurah (59)

2. Maylands (37)

3. Belmont  (33)

4. Hamilton Hill (32)

5. Rockingham (29)

6. Langford  (24)

. Spearwood (22)

8. Bayswater  (22)

9. Baldivis  (21)

10. Carlisle (20)


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