Community Gift: Hunter Valley Cat Haven
This month the Complete Parts and @ The Coalface $500 Community Gift goes to Hunter Valley Cat Haven (HVCH).
HVCH are a foster care rescue, saving local cats and kittens throughout the Hunter Valley.
Their aim is to save as many cats and kittens from euthanisation as they can, while providing quality care. As they are a foster care based rescue operation, they do not have a facility or shelter and are reliant on their caring volunteers to help them rehome and rehabilitate the cats and kittens in their care.
Every year it’s estimated around 200,000 cats and dogs are euthanised in Australian animal shelters. HVCH founder Tracey Burkill said that they are inundated with abandoned and unwanted cats and kittens and like all the rescue organisations in Australia, are unable to keep up with the demand. That’s why it’s also HVCH’s mission to educate the general public on the importance of desexing.
“There’s just too many for us to care for and rehome and it’s devasting to see the condition that many of these cats and kittens are in. We need to end the cycle and the only way to do that is through desexing,” said Tracey.
“Most people don’t realise when they are given a kitten how important it is to get it desexed straight away. From 5 to 6 months of age, that cute little kitten you received will likely become pregnant with her first litter and you’ll find yourself with up to a dozen new additions to the family.
“Desexing must be a priority if you decide to become a cat owner. If you are unable to afford to desex your cat, there are animal assistance programs that can help.”
HVCH receive no funding and many of the animals that arrive into their care are neglected, sick and in poor condition. They require immediate vet treatment and long term care to help them recover and HVCH’s biggest expense is vet bills. They rely solely on donations and community support to help them continue to save cats and kittens that need a second chance.
Tracey said they appreciate all donations no matter how small. They are also always in need of items such as food, litter, pee pads, treats and beds and would welcome the donation of these items.
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