Big mile­stone for SAFE cats

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

A lot of cats have passed through the doors of Sav­ing An­i­mals From Euthana­sia Kar­ratha since it opened 14 years ago, but few rep­re­sent mile­stones the way 18month-old tabby Kaleb does.

Late last month, Kaleb be­came the 3000th fe­line to be re-homed by the lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue ser­vice af­ter Bree Marsh made the de­ci­sion to adopt him.

Ms Marsh, who is also a vet nurse at Kar­ratha Vet­eri­nary Hospi­tal, said her new cat had been found by rangers and gone through the pound sys­tem be­fore she was able to adopt him through SAFE.

“He came into the clinic and I saw him and I thought he looked like a boy ver­sion of my other cat,” she said. “He was re­ally cud­dly and re­ally lovely, but he had to go to the pound be­cause he was a found cat.”

“Then he came (back) in and I heard he was go­ing to SAFE.”

SAFE Kar­ratha co-or­di­na­tor Sara Chris­tou said 3000 cats adopted and de-sexed was a ma­jor mile­stone for the an­i­mal res­cue ser­vice to reach in a small town.

“Get­ting 3000 cats off the street and de-sexed is huge — it makes a huge im­pact,” she said.

“I think peo­ple that were here a long time ago would see a dif­fer­ence be­tween how many we have roam­ing around since we’ve been do­ing this. We’re al­ways try­ing to get the word out that if you see a cat roam­ing around, call us.”

Ms Chris­tou said cats made love­able pets. .

“Cats are amaz­ing pets — they’re so low-main­te­nance . . . but we do strug­gle to re-home them,” she said.

If you come across a home­less cat or are look­ing to fos­ter or adopt a fe­line friend, con­tact SAFE Kar­ratha on 9185 4634.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Tabby cat Kaleb, left, is the 3000th cat to be re-homed by SAFE Kar­ratha. He is pic­tured with new owner Bree Marsh, SAFE Kar­ratha co-or­di­na­tor Sara Chris­tou and sis­ter Mila.

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