Adoption day to help find feline friends a new home

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Ruby Matthews, 3 makes a friend for life with her newly adopted kitten.
Camera IconRuby Matthews, 3 makes a friend for life with her newly adopted kitten. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Saving Animals From Euthanasia Bunbury will host a Cat Adoption Day at PETstock Bunbury on Sunday after receiving a record number of cats requiring rehoming this year, despite legislation aiming to curb the number of unwanted cats coming into effect in 2013.

President Patricia Perks said SAFE had taken in almost 140 cats and kittens this year alone and said while the laws had resulted in less cats being dumped at vet clinics, the organisation was still seeing an influx of felines.

“Safe Bunbury have approximately 120 cats in foster care currently and we would like to see some of these cats go to their permanent homes at our Cat Adoption Day,” she said.

“This is a great opportunity to come and meet some of our lovely cats and we offer a two-week money back trial to make sure both the cat and new owner are happy together.

“We will have approximately 50 cats on the day and have discounted adult cats available that we would like to see adopted into their new families.

“All of our cats come sterilised, microchipped and vet-checked, fully complying with legislation.

“All the new owners need to do is register them with their local council.”

Ms Perks said while SAFE was happy to offer its support, the preference was to ensure cats did not get pregnant in the first place.

“We are still getting lots of animals through that are not complying with the legislation and it continues to put pressure on rescue groups,” she said. “The legislation is there because there is a problem with overbreeding and it devalues animals when they are given away free.

“The next few months are a great time to get your cats sterilised – if you have a kitten and get it de-sexed now, by the time the next season comes around we won’t end up with as many. A kitten can be sterilised at five months and that is the opportune time because they will get pregnant around five months.

“If people got their cats sterilised, microchipped and registered, it would be so much easier for us – we just need people to get compliant with those laws.”

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