Foster car­ers need to look af­ter cats this sum­mer

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

An­i­mal res­cue ser­vice SAFE Kar­ratha has a sur­plus of cute cats in ur­gent need of care this sum­mer and is call­ing on res­i­dents to help.

SAFE founder Sue Hed­ley said it had be­come a reg­u­lar prob­lem for the ser­vice to have far too many cats dur­ing the hol­i­days, when many usual car­ers went on hol­i­day or moved away.

“We can have, say, 20 dogs in care at a time and 70 cats, that would be the statis­tic,” she said.

Ms Hed­ley said the wide­spread neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of cats did not help mat­ters, but it baf­fled her.

“Even though dogs are so much more work, peo­ple seem to pre­fer dogs to cats,” she said.

“We’re al­ways push­ing the idea that cats are the pets for the Pil­bara. They’re ideal be­cause if you work long hours, they’re quite happy sleep­ing most of the day.”

Ms Hed­ley said fos­ter­ing a SAFE cat was low-risk and high-re­ward.

“SAFE will pay all vet bills,” she said. “We can even pro­vide their food and lit­ter. You only need to pro­vide their care, love and also their se­cu­rity as SAFE cats are not to go out­side,” she said.

“They’re just so lit­tle trou­ble and yet they’re so lovely to come home to.”

To learn more about fos­ter­ing a cat this sum­mer, con­tact SAFE on 9185 4634.

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