For all the current news and rescue information http://services.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/petsonline
Meet our STAR cover boy
“BIG GUY” on page 8
SAVING HUMANS BY FINDING THEM A RESCUE CAT
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This month it’s all about ADOPTING A POUND CAT for the pounds
are full and there is not a better time to save a life than now. You can
see from the pictures in this E-Magazine there are many young,
beautiful cats and kittens waiting on Death Row for a second chance
at life and a future. Below are the recently amended costs to adopt a
cat/kitten from Blacktown Animal Holding Facility.
Male kitten/cat up to 2 years - $140 ($109 to pensioners);
Male cat between 2-6 years - $110 ($79 to pensioners); and
Male cat over 6 years - $90 ($59 to pensioners).
Female kitten/cat up to 2 years - $160 ($129 to pensioners);
Female cat between 2-6 years - $130 ($99 to pensioners); and
Female cat over 6 years - $110 ($79 to pensioners).
Elizabeth with At RescueCat Project all our cats are special and we try very hard to
Devon ( now adopted ) promote the cats in Blacktown Pound and find them loving homes.
Please read our four year statistics on the following page and you will
understand a bit more about us and the work we do. Elizabeth
DON’T BUY FROM A PET SHOP— ADOPT FROM A POUND!
Give a homeless CAT/KITTEN a forever home— Eldorado and his new Mum, Patti LaBelle and her new family.
Blacktown City Animal Holding Facility. Ph. 9839-6161 http://services.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/petsonline/
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/RescueCatProject.Homepage
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As many of you will know, we have been promoting cats in • In Jan-Jun 2012 (the first year), we photographed
Blacktown Pound for the past 4 years - to adopters, rescue 219 cats and kittens. Of those, 46.5% were PTS;
groups, and potential fosterers. But our chief aim has been 25% went to rescue; and 28% were adopted.
to ensure that the greatest number of cats possible have an
opportunity to leave the pound. • In Jan-Jun 2013 we photographed 323 cats and
kittens. Of those 36.5% were PTS; 38% went to
Ideally that is because they are adopted from the pound rescue and 24.4% adopted.
(relieving small rescue groups from the heavy lifting).
• In Jan-Jun 2014 we photographed 380 cats and
So we thought you may be interested in a few statistics kittens. Of those 13% were PTS; 54.7% went to
from our past four years of activity, comparing the January - rescue and 30.5% adopted.
June period in each year.
• And this year, Jan-Jun 2015 we photographed
These stats will give you an idea about whether we are 388 cats and kittens. And of those, 12.4% were
achieving our goal (note that these are our statistics based PTS; 45.8% went to rescue; and 37% were
on photos taken). adopted.
“ In my view, that equals success. This is evidence that
low cost tools are available to effect change.”Elizabeth
NSW CAT & DOG EUTHENASIA STATISTICS FOR THE YEAR 2013-2014
Dogs - Pounds (incl RSPCA pounds): 7,244 dogs RSPCA shelters: 2,957 Total Euthanized:10,201
Cats - Pounds: 11,719 cats RSPCA shelters: 5,518 Total Euthanized:17,237
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OnOcnecuepuopnoan taimtiem,e in a land not so
infaarlaanwdanyolitvseodfmaraanwyacyats of all ages,
In this land it was not only the old and the very Imp.3391: EMIE
young, the weak, the ugly and the scared who 1-2yrs Female
were the most vulnerable but also the time of
the year which played a huge part in this never
ending story of survival.
Imp.3499: CURIOUS GEORGE 1-2yrs Male
https://youtu.be/f7BD8iKbJWA I’ve got the sniffles from being out
on the street, left in the bitter cold
The nights were dark and scary… with not enough to eat…
filled with the mournful cries and meowing,
of the many lost, lonely abandoned pets. I’ve been so hungry, afraid and all
alone, my life’s been tough, for I’ve
never had a loving home….
Homeless and living on the street I
did not know if I would LIVE…
or if I would DIE…
I was picked up and ended in the
pound— but with no owner I was
lost but would never be found...
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Into this land Spring came with warmer
days and hope for the future but the
gremlin of lost cats was always nearby,
waiting for the unchosen ones.
SAVE A POUND CAT’S LIFE PHONE 9839-6161
Imp.3262: LEONATO The days were noisy with dogs
4-6yrs Male nearby barking and many strange
people coming and going. Some cats,
like Mrs Norris below, try to hide….
Spring is Kitten season which starts in Spring,
peaking in late Spring or early Summer, and
ending in Autumn. It is the time of the year when
pregnant cats and tiny kittens flood the pounds.
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For the CATS/KITTENS in the pound
the clock tics away. Tic, tic, tic the
seconds, minutes and hours ….
Precious time, so little of it, for them to Imp.3737:SOREL
appreciate the things that they enjoy. A pat 6-12mths Female
and a gentle cuddle. A full belly. A comfy
bed. Simple pleasures. To feel, to love, to be
FOSTER CARE SAVES LIVES https://www.facebook.com/RescueCatProject.Homepage?
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On Saturdays ‘Fairy Godmothers & Godfathers’
appeared bringing treats and with a wave of
their fairy cameras turned the unwanted ones
into bright eyed beauties much admired.
Imp.3518: PASCAL 4-6yrs Male
With a wave of their magic wand
RescueCat Project facebook is
helping more and more cats live
happily ever after and leave their
sad, dark pasts behind.
Each weekend two volunteers, Sharon and
Jeanette visit the pound and help in the
cattery finding needy humans for the many
abandoned cats. RescueCat Project thanks
those dedicated to helping those cats who
need it most. Thank you!
FOSTER CARE SAVES LIVES https://www.facebook.com/RescueCatProject.Homepage
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With SOCIAL MEDIA it can be love
at first like for CATS who put their
best facebook forward.
RESCUECAT PROJECT TWINKLE,
LIKE FOLLOW LOVE TWINKLE,
RescueCatProject.Homepage YOU’RE A
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RescueCat Project: For all those who are Sometimes, along comes a cat. A very special
missing out on the love of a rescue cat. The kind of cat. A large and luscious cat. A "Big
RCP Kitty Committee bring you lovely cats, Guy". And this is one such cat. A complete fluff
lovely videos and lovely cat photos on a ball you are seeing him in all of his spectacular
weekly basis. So, visit us and find your next medium haired glory, for the very first time
love. Life is Short, adopt a rescue kitty. (unless you have already met him in person in
the cattery of course).
Big Guy is gorgeous - and don't we know it.
At the moment the pound has not provided his
estimated age, but what that really means is
that his adoption fee, at the maximum, is $140.
That includes desexing, vaccination (1st F3),
micro chipping and lifetime registration in NSW.
Love comes free.
Update: August cover girl Titania is safe in
the RSPCA’S Pet barn Adoption Program
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So be not afraid, oh lost and abandoned
ones, for one day soon you too could be
chosen and able to live your life, be loved
and to grow old as all cats deserve.
Imp.3625: MASKED Imp.3475: BACCARAT
AVENGER young Male 1-2yrs Female
4-6yrs Black/White Male
FAIRYTALES can come TRUE...
Over 17,000 homeless cats/kittens were euthanized in 2014.
Thank you to the amazing STAFF &
VOLUNTEERS at Blacktown who all
work so hard. It is only by everyone
working together that we can make a
difference to these statistics and
ensure that no animal has to lose it’s
life simply because it has no home.
BLACKTOWN ANIMAL HOLDING FACILITY
415 Flushcombe Road, PROSPECT. NSW
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00pm Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The facility is CLOSED on Public Holidays
SAVE A LIFE http://services.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/petsonline/search.aspx?type=2
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WHEN WILL MY KITTEN BECOME A CAT?
AND WHEN DOES MY CAT STOP BEHAVING LIKE A KITTEN?
By Deb Rouse
Life stages for cats have been redefined recently by the International Cat
Care Organisation (formerly the Feline Advisory Board founded 1958).
Is redefining the life stages
based on cats now living longer
and in better health as is
happening to humans?
These stages are in consideration of Spice Velvet
the physical aging health of a cat,
rather than how it looks (they seldom
go grey) nor how it behaves. We used
to expect cats to live only to 12 years,
now I often indicate 15 years plus is
not that unusual – the oldest cat I
owned lived until 19, several friends
have cats 19 through 21 years old,
and a friend recently fostered a 24
year old male tabby.
And at the other end of the extreme, Missy Sugar
many people only consider a kitten
as a kitten when it is very small: 6 to
8 weeks. Once a kitten starts to grow,
and they grow quickly at 100gms or
more per week, then these young
ones become less desirable in some
people’s minds... and they may only
be 12 weeks old but perceived as
getting “big” and therefore not that
cuddly little kitten anymore – how
sad for those people and the kittens!
Unfortunately many people have a Winter with her babies
“rosie” vision of several small kittens Autumn, Spring & Summer
in a basket, when a kitten is super-
energetic through the first year of its For more details please contact DoggieRescue on 9486-3133
life and busy learning about life until it http://www.doggierescue.com/adoption_cat.htm
is around 2 years old. So very young-
at-heart while it has rapidly grown into
adult-size by 9 months of age, and
then continues to be young-at-heart
for another year or two.
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So, when will my kitten become a cat? Well ICC Cat Life Stages:
from what ICC tells us, sometime in its
second year of life. And when does my cat Kitten: 0 to 6 months, growing rapidly, a kitten
stop behaving like a kitten? again from what at 6 months is similar to a human 10 years old
ICC tells us, probably after 7 years of age,
when they finally “settle down”... maybe. Junior: 6 months to 2 years, reaches full size &
learns about life, similar to humans 12 to 24 years
But these are generalisations and, of course, the
individual personality of the cat and its “catitude” also Prime: 3 to 6 years, mature physically &
should be taken into consideration. Just like humans behaviourally, similar to humans 28 to low 40’s
there are introverts and extroverts, quiet and steady
friends who most enjoy a cuddle and silent time together, Mature: 7 to 10 years, similar to humans
and some may be energetic and mischievous and want from mid 40s to 50s
to play all their life!
Senior: 11 to 14 years, similar to a humans
Regardless of its age, a kitty can be enjoyed at every from low 60s to 70’s
stage – you don’t discard your own children do you as
they grow? No, take pleasure in the next stage of life Geriatric: 15 years and over, and may not show
as there is much to be mutually enjoyed with these any signs of being “old” at all, and similar to
changes. humans in mid 70’s through 100 (when the cat
is 21 years old)
Give the cats saved from the pounds a chance
– embrace & love them regardless of their age.
Watch me leap,
See me run..
I’m pretty as a picture
& just a bundle of fun!
Domestic Shorthair 1yr
Latte is very affectionate and
VERY playful. Latte is suited to a
family with teenage kids used to
cats as she can play for hours:).
Latte comes de-sexed, wormed,
F3 vaccinated, FIV tested & micro
chipped. Adoption fee $180.
Sponsor: With lots of love from the
5 Kane Kitties.
EVERY LIFE IS IMPORTANT— OUR WEBSITE http://www.doggierescue.com/adoption_cat.htm
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MAYBE YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
“ Being involved with cat rescue alongside Monika's DoggieRescue
we are finding a number of cats we screen are FIV positive. This
means they are carrying the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and this
scares a lot of people and so these cats get overlooked while their
FIV negative friends get adopted.” Dee
Dr Deirdre (Dee) Clack
The Cottage Animal Hospital
Ph: 9890 7220
A close member of my family recently Fergus (with his Mum Carole) is now living a happy, spoilt life...
adopted a 3 year old FIV positive boy
named Fergus. He is healthy, and they the facts are;
love him to bits. Luckily I was able to
talk to them at length about FIV and 1. FIV is not transmissible to humans!
they adopted him without hesitation 2. FIV is about as transmissible as HIV - not very. Cats in the
and feel especially proud that Fergus
will live a happy spoilt life, despite his same household cannot transmit the disease from one to another
FIV condition. except by mating behaviour or by inflicting bite wounds (not typical
even among housemates who don't like each other much ).FIV can
FIV, the feline immunodeficiency also be passed in utero and from milk from an infected mother cat.
disease is often referred to as
“feline AIDS". 3. Cats with FIV can live very long, happy lives.
These cats become less adoptable
and overlooked because 1.the word
AIDS is scary 2.There are definitely
special health considerations and 3.
because it’s a disease that’s
transmissible to feline housemates
via skin puncturing bites.
FIV-positive cats can live a long time
without suffering any related illness.
That’s why many veterinarians,
including the feline medicine experts at
the American Association of Feline
Practitioners (AAFP), suggest
owners never euthanase based on a
positive test alone.
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FIV positive cats do however, require CHESTER IS POSITIVE
some special health considerations. The
AAFP’s FIV experts offer the following PROOF THAT FIV CATS ARE ADOPTABLE!
• FIV-positive cats should see a vet “Chester Big Lion King Boy Erbenova”
twice a year for an exam and some STAR ON THE RISE
blood and urine checks.
• Whenever they’re off colour, FIV
positive cats should receive
immediate veterinary care. Okay, okay—
• FIV-positive cats should be autographs after I
desexed, live indoors only and finish my morning
avoid exposure to infectious ablutions...
diseases (for example, raw food
diets should be avoided).
We think our FIV positive cats deserve a
loving home. These cats are listed as
special needs and, as such, we are happy
to advise and guide you through any
If you think you have what it takes to
give one of these kitties a chance at
life please contact DoggieRescue on
Chester has now left his sad
days of living on Death Row
in a pound behind him….
Telephone: 9890 7220 Rescued by DoggieRescue Cover boy Chester
and then adopted by Oriana,
16 Ross Street, Chester (also know as Big Lion
PARRAMATTA. 2150 King Boy) is purring after
www.thecottageanimalhospital.com.au recently making the cover of
The Many Daily. Chester is not
The Cottage Animal Hospital is a only extremely handsome, with
collaborative venture between Doggie personality plus, but is also
Rescue and Veterinarian Dr Deirdre proving to be a role model for
other FIV POSITIVE cats.
(Dee) Clack BVSc (hons). There is nothing negative about
this boy’s attitude!!!!
FIV SHOULD NOT BE A DEATH SENTENCE