Kit­ten sea­son qualms

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

KIT­TEN sea­son is well un­der way at the full-to-burst­ing Cat Haven in Shen­ton Park.

Cat wel­fare and adop­tions team leader Ash­lee Jenk­ins said while there were al­ways dis­cus­sion about un­wanted fe­lines given as gifts and re­turned af­ter Christ­mas time, she had not seen any spike in sur­ren­ders, with the in­flux of lit­tle ones a more press­ing is­sue.

“Peo­ple of­ten talk about re­turns af­ter Christ­mas, but the big thing for us is re­ally kit­ten sea­son; the re­turn rate is just the same as nor­mal,” she said.

Hun­dreds of kit­tens have come through the Cat Haven’s doors, with vol­un­teers also mon­i­tor­ing Gumtree for lit­ters with­out vet work.

“The prob­lem is we get numbers down and they go straight back up,” Ms Jenk­ins said.

“One day we might have 50 adop­tions, but then 60 cats are brought in the next day.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is cur­rently car­ing for 260 cats on site, with close to 500 in foster care. Ms Jenk­ins said the sum­mer hol­i­days were a great time to adopt.

“There’s more time for fam­i­lies to come in and meet the cats and for them to get set­tled,” she said.

The Cat Haven’s cat wel­fare and adop­tions team leader Ash­lee Jenk­ins.

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