Ji­mothy a purr­fect pal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SHENTON Park Cat Haven res­i­dent Ji­mothy has found his forever home at Zonta House Women’s Refuge as part of their Com­pan­ion Cats pro­gram.

The eight-year-old colour­point was res­cued from a kit­ten mill, where he spent his life in a cage.

Cat Haven mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Chan­dra Wood­ley said Ji­mothy had al­ready stolen the hearts of the women at the refuge.

“Many of the women who come to the refuge have fled do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or abuse sit­u­a­tion and have had to leave ev­ery­thing be­hind, and some­times that in­cludes the fam­ily pet,” she said.

“Both Ji­mothy and the women at the refuge have had such a tough start to life, so it’s great that they can have this new start and they can bring each other com­fort and love.”

It is the first time the Cat Haven has re­homed a cat to a women’s refuge.

Zonta House Refuge As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Kelda Op­per­mann said the refuge was al­ways look­ing for new ways to sup­port women who came through the refuge and was ex­cited to part­ner with the Cat Haven.

“Our hope is that the beau­ti­fully na­tured Ji­mothy can ease ten­sion and im­prove moods for women in cri­sis, who have ex­pe­ri­enced sig­nif­i­cant trauma,” she said.

“Ji­mothy has al­ready set­tled into the refuge set­ting with lit­tle to no fuss and has al­ready be­come a val­ued mem­ber of the house.”

Ji­mothy is wel­comed to Zonta House by Leanne Galic, Saloni Singla, Louise Hil­dred from Cat Haven, Marnie McDon­ald, Lyn­d­sey O’Reilly and Sharyn Fraw­ley.

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