Doorstep dumping Ben Smith
CATS CRAMMED INTO TWO CARRIERS
A SOUTHERN River animal shelter is making a desperate appeal for help after 15 cats crammed into just two carriers were dumped on its doorstep.
Volunteers at the Animal Protection Society of WA (APSWA) discovered the cats crammed into the carriers, which normally would be suitable for just one cat, on Tuesday morning.
One cat is heavily pregnant and volunteers suspect another is also pregnant.
APSWA president Melanie Jackson said the cats were covered in faeces and urine and terrified by the ordeal.
“Anyone who goes anywhere near the carriers is close to being violently ill. It’s the worst thing you’ve ever smelled and we don’t know how long the cats have been in there,” she said.
“We’ve got two vet nurses; they worked all day on those 15 cats and had to bathe them.
“The cats were covered in faeces and you could tell they were terrified and uncomfortable.
“A couple are really skinny, suffering from hair loss and in really poor condition.”
Ms Jackson said they had to quarantine the new cats inside their office as they did not have any other room for them.
“We can’t put them with other cats because it becomes a problem if there’s illness. We have to get them vet-checked, vaccinated, wormed, microchipped, de-flead, sterilised, FIV-tested,” she said.
Ms Jackson said they were desperately seeking donations to make sure the cats got the right medical treatment.
“We’ve got 15, but two are pregnant; that’s 15-30 cats very easily. If you work on maths of $300 a cat to get all the vet stuff done, that comes to $9000,” she said.
APSWA’s Facebook page will be posting regular updates on the cats, which Ms Jackson has dubbed ‘The Spice Cats’.
“They’re going to have names like Saffron, Cinnamon, Pepper and Turmeric if people want to follow their progress,” she said.
People can donate via the shelter’s Facebook page or by visiting www.apswa.asn.au or its premises on Talbot Road.
Animal Protection Society of WA volunteer Robyn Thoman. Inset: The cats in the carrier.