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First litters of Christmas kittens arrive at Cat Haven

MEDIA STATEMENT – CAT HAVEN PERTH; September 2010

Cat Haven is appealing to the public to help minimise a disastrous Christmas season that sees the dumping and euthanising of thousands of cats and kittens every year. The first litters of Christmas kittens have already arrived at Cat Haven and the shelter is preparing for another busy and traumatic Christmas, anticipating approximately 2000 cats will be dumped in two months between December and January. Cat Haven spokesperson Jessica Reid said the biggest reason for the influx of kittens at Christmas time was that not enough cats were being sterilised. “Cats will breed during the warmer months and from late September onwards thousands of kittens being born, kittens that will never find homes,” Ms Reid said. “Because there is such a huge overpopulation of cats and kittens at this time of year and not enough shelters and homes to accommodate them, thousands are put to sleep,” she said. “It’s a very sad situation and completely distressing for animal welfare groups across the state, but thankfully a situation people can help us change.” Ms Reid said there were four ways people could help save lives starting now.

1. It’s very important you sterilise your cat by five months of age to prevent it having unwanted kittens and adding to the problem of overpopulation.

2. Feeding that friendly stray cat may seem kind, but stray animals will continue to breed adding to the problem, so if you don’t want to adopt the friendly moggie that hangs around your house and sterilise it, and it doesn’t appear to belong to anyone phone Cat Haven or a reputable shelter to seek further advice.

3. It’s important to understand the responsibilities of pet ownership. Cats are a 20 year commitment, 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, so there’s a lot to consider before you adopt a cat.

4. Become a foster carer at Cat Haven. Foster carers are volunteers that temporarily look after cats and kittens in the comfort of their own homes. They play a crucial role at Christmas time in looking after animals that would normally put to sleep when the haven reaches capacity. There’s no cost to foster caring other than your time and people can become a foster carer by phoning 9442 3600 or visit our website at http://www.cathaven.com.au for more information.

Ms Reid said that last year due to public support the shelter was able to save hundreds of feline lives over the Christmas period and she was confident they could do the same this year. Media contact: Jessica Reid on 0413 105 200 or email media@cathaven.com.au

 23 Lemnos Street Shenton Park WA 6008 Ph: 0413 105 200 for all media enquiries or email media@cathaven.com.au

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