Friday, October 8th, 2021 - McNaught Media

Cat Haven celebrated its 60th Birthday today (Friday 8th October 2021 from 11.00am) with a morning tea onsite their premises in Shenton Park which saw both Federal and State Politicians along with the Minister for Local Government John Carey, long term supporters and major sponsors attending.

60 years ago in 1961, a small group of compassionate and dedicated women recognized there was a large cat issue on the streets of Perth. Mrs. Hilda Cockram formed a group and started fundraising. In 1967, a grant of land was secured from the State Government, two large sheds were built with 50 cages for the formation of Cat Haven. The shelter opened to the public in 1969 and started to ‘rescue cats from the perils of the street’.

At the time it was common practice for people to dump, drown or kill unwanted cats and kittens, and the 50 cages at Cat Haven filled up rapidly, making it impossible to rehome all the cats. Although heartbreaking, it was more humane to give the cats a peaceful death through euthanasia.

Fast forward to the present day, and Cat Haven is celebrating 60 years of dedicated service to cat welfare in WA, taking in over 8,000 cats and kittens every year with a zero euthanasia rate for treatable re-homable cats.

Roz Robinson, CEO of Cat Haven, says; “we have made a huge impact on reducing the number of unwanted cats over our last 60 years. We estimate a conservative 500,000 cats and kittens have come through our doors during this time and we have prevented thousands of others from being born via our ongoing subsidized or free sterilisation campaigns.

My absolute Birthday wish would be for the need for our services to diminish in the future, as more responsibility for cat welfare and control is taken up by the community.”

Amber Ashford, Marketing Coordinator, added “Cat Haven has come such a long way with the help of the Getting to Zero program to reduce euthanasia numbers. From having to euthanasia up to 80% of the cats brought into care at the beginning to now the numbers being down to 10% meaning there are so many great stories of cats finding their forever homes. It’s wonderful to see.”

Over the last 60 years, Cat Haven has achieved so much for the well-being of cats and the community in Western Australia.

Some notable occurrences are outlined below:

  • 1969 – Cat Haven opened its shelter at Lemnos Street and started “Rescuing Cats from the Perils of the Streets”.

  • 1991 – For the first time, Cat Haven brought cats to visit a nursing home. It was a great success.

  • 1993 – Cat Haven pleas for cat owners to get their cats sterilized rather than dumping kittens after finding four-week-old kittens lying in four centimeters of water in a garbage bin.

  • 2000 – Cat Haven receives a $50,000 grant from the Lotteries Commission to help upgrade the kennels.

  • 2005 – The relationship with Hill’s Pet Food Australia is formed, with Hill’s supplying all food for welfare cats.

  • 2007 – Cat Haven accepted cats owned by domestic violence victims for emergency boarding.

  • 2009 – Cat Haven adopts the Getting to Zero philosophy, to aim to reach zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats.

  • 2010 – Colin Barnett attends Wet Nose Day and suggests there is a need for cat laws and initiates work on the Cat Act.

  • 2012 – The state government pledges a $75,000 grant every year to assist Cat Haven.

  • 2013 – Cat Act was brought in as law.

  • 2014 – Cat Haven starts the Companion Cat Program to put personable cats into nursing homes to provide companionship enrichment for the residents, with very positive feedback.

  • 2016 – Fee Free Weekend saw Cat Haven’s highest number of adoptions in a weekend (446).

  • 2019 – Euthanasia rates are down to 10%.

  • 2020 – Cat Haven opens its Emergency Boarding Facility for cats owned by victims of domestic violence, homelessness, illness or catastrophes such as the bushfires.

  • 2020 – Winner of Jet Pets’ Shelter of the Year (outstanding Animal Shelter 2020).

  • 2021 – Both State Government and Opposition pledge $150,000 towards the costs of the bereavement rooms and dedicated dental facility.

More information about Cat Haven’s 60th Birthday Celebrations can be found on social media via Facebook or Instagram and on their website.

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