We know you care for the welfare of these cats as much as we do and want to see long term change.
While the problem is great, you can help.
We believe desexing is key to reducing the number of homeless and unwanted cats. One way to do this is through our new and exciting desexing initiative which aims to reach more pet owners through mobile low-cost desexing.
Join other animal lovers by donating to our new mobile low-cost desexing project now!
There is no denying we are currently in the grips of a cat crisis. As an open door shelter, we see a myriad of cases from lost and loved domestic cats to semi-owned and wild cats who have never experienced human contact. In the last financial year, we cared for over 11,000 felines at our North Melbourne Shelter and the overwhelming majority were not owned or desexed.
• Around 95 per cent of cats and kittens arrived undesexed.
• Only 7 per cent of cats were claimed, compared to 70 per cent for dogs.
In recent times, the crisis has intensified with our cat shelters consistently close to or at capacity.
Last year we ran monthly cat adoption campaigns, and in March this year we made an urgent plea for cat and kitten adoptions, foster carers and advocates.
While the campaign was successful in finding 311 cats and kittens homes in a matter of weeks, realistically the drive only made a small impact on the bigger picture. As soon as one cat was adopted, their enclosure was immediately occupied by another cat in need of a home.
And, we’re not alone.
Shelters across the country are at capacity and have been trying to do their bit in increasing adoptions to contend with the problem.
Female cats can start breeding terribly young. From the age of four months, cats are capable of having two litters per season. With each litter containing an average of six kittens, it’s easy to understand how unowned and wild cat populations are growing exponentially every year.
Desexing is a powerful, long term solution that addresses the root cause of unwanted cat populations. The higher the number of desexed pet cats, the lesser the chance of unwanted litters being born without a home.
Also, desexed cats lead healthier and longer lives, while an undesexed cat is more likely to roam and be exposed to dangers including being hit by a car, getting into fights, infectious diseases and contracting Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
In a few months, we plan to launch our mobile desexing van, offering low-cost desexing to pet owners across Australia. It will be a fully-equipped, professional mobile vet surgery bringing crucial low-cost desexing services to hundreds of pet owners across Australia.
Last year our Desex in the City discounted desexing and free microchipping drives saw over 140 felines desexed saving potentially thousands unwanted of kittens from being born.
Both events sold out fast and saw pet owners travel from near and far to have their cats desexed.
On evaluation, we found the overwhelming majority of pet owners who had participated held off desexing their pets because they could not afford the cost of desexing.
Dora explained that she had the heartbreaking ordeal of trying to rehome three litters of kittens, and knew having three of her female cats desexed was the right thing to do, but the cost had always been a barrier: Single mother of two children, Dora was one particularly dedicated pet owner who caught a bus and took two trains from Lalor, a suburb north of Melbourne, to attend DITC.
“I simply had to jump on this offer! My girls — Angel, Kleopatra and Princess — are incredibly loved but I had to hold off desexing them because it was simply too expensive for me.”
We feel providing more accessible, cost-effective desexing services to pet owners like Dora will play a key role in getting more pets desexed and reducing the number of wild, unowned animals on our streets.
Late last year, we were thrilled to receive a Department of Environment and Primary Industries grant that has helped kick start the project. But, there is still a shortfall of funding needed for surgical and medical equipment.
Your support of this crucial desexing initiative will mean we will not only be able to purchase vital equipment, you will help ensure less unwanted animals are born and that those who do come into the world have safe, loving homes.
Help get our van on the road!
Join other animal lovers and help us achieve our vision of ending feline homelessness!
• Make desexing affordable and accessible for more pet owners,
• Make a long term impact on the alarming numbers of homeless and unwanted cats,
• Protect the health and welfare of owned pets now and into the future.
Join us and together, we can lead the way in bring about long term change for homeless and unwanted cats and kittens!