For all the current news and rescue information http://services.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/petsonline
Meet our gorgeous cover girl
“ TITANIA ” on page 10 & 11
and give her the home she truly deserves.
BY FINDING THEM
A RESCUE CAT
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ADOPTING A CAT/KITTEN
FROM BLACKTOWN POUND
Blacktown Animal Holding Facility (aka Blacktown Pound) is
located at 415 Flushcombe Road, Prospect, in Western
Sydney. It houses cats, dogs, and livestock on a temporary
basis. Animals can be adopted from the pound. As this page
is devoted to the cats in the pound, let's talk about the cats.
• Cats and kittens that ARE micro chipped before they
enter the pound must, by law, be held by the pound for
14 days before they may be sold. This is to permit their
parents time to find them and reclaim them.
• Cats and kittens that ARE NOT micro chipped at the
time of entry must, by law, be held for 7 days before
they can be sold.
A PAIR OF STUNNING GIRLS.. • Cat and kittens SURRENDERED to the pound do not
Meet Capri & Super Bee on page 14 have a mandatory holding period and may be sold by
the pound immediately.
DON’T BUY FROM A PET SHOP— ADOPT FROM A POUND!
Give a homeless CAT/KITTEN a forever home— Midas & Mum, Lennox & Mum, Cinnamon Swift & Mum Jenny
Blacktown City Animal Holding Facility. Ph. 9839-6161 http://services.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/petsonline/
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During the holding period a person wishing to adopt a cat may submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). These are
collected by the pound on a "first come, first served" basis. The first to submit an EOI has the first right to
adopt. Should that person choose not to do so, the pound contacts any other person who placed an EOI in the
order the EOIs were placed.
Male kitten/cat up to 2 years - $140 ($109 to pensioners);
As of 1 July 2015 the pricing Male cat between 2-6 years - $110 ($79 to pensioners); and
for cats and kittens adopted Male cat over 6 years - $90 ($59 to pensioners).
from BAHF depends Female kitten/cat up to 2 years - $160 ($129 to pensioners);
on the age and sex of the Female cat between 2-6 years - $130 ($99 to pensioners); and
animal, as follows: Female cat over 6 years - $110 ($79 to pensioners).
A cat or kitten purchased from Blacktown Pound comes desexed, micro chipped, vaccinated (1st F3) and lifetime
PLEASE NOTE: If the cat you wish adopt is not desexed/vaccinated at the time you submit an Expression
of Interest or alternatively, tell the pound staff that you want to adopt it, the cat CANNOT leave the pound
but must first be desexed and vaccinated. That can usually be done in the days following your purchase
of the cat. Cats that are already desexed and vaccinated may leave the pound immediately.
UNFORTUNATELY THE BLACKTOWN POUND DOES NOT HAVE TO HOLD THE CATS/KITTENS UNTIL THEY
FIND A HOME. Cats or kittens that have completed their mandatory holding period are "due out" and if not sold or
rescued by a rescue group, may be put down by the facility. If they are taken by a rescue group that group is then
responsible for rehoming the cat. We, clearly, try to prevent cats from being put down by advertising for homes!
A link to further information and the EOI form may be found here: http://www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/
Contact phone: 9839-6161 during business hours.
A wonderful supporter of RCP, Peter Hoskins, has donated all this food to the pound! As you can see, we have
already emptied all the goodies into the food storage containers in the Cattery. To everyone who has donated
this month thank you all so very much from the kitties —you are simply amazing:)
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You dumped your cat today… Do you know he’s cold & afraid? Waiting for you to come to his aid.
You dumped your cat today…
The one you left at the pound because
you were bored with it and no longer
wanted it around.
Imp.3303 PONY 1-2yrs
You dumped your cat today…
How easy it was to do it late at night,
Do you feel guilty about her sad plight?
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BLACKTOWN ANIMAL HOLDING FACILITY PHONE 9839-6161
You dumped your cat today… If you have surrendered him he won’t be given 7 days in the
pound, each minute that passes could see him put down.
Imp.3230: FENNEL You dumped your cat
Female today…She doesn’t play
or even eat much; I guess
she’s very sad inside and
will take time to trust...
You dumped your cat today… Imp.3332: BEST-TO-LAST
1-2yrs Tabby Female
Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies, or was
there NO reason she could not stay?
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CAT VIDEOS: https://www.facebook.com/RescueCatProject.Homepage/videos?ref=page_internal
You dumped your cat today…You did not take him to the pound but you let him roam,
now he sits in a cage, frightened sad and alone.
You dumped your cat today… You dumped your cat today…
That kitten you wanted grew so fast - He had fleas and a little cold; guess
how sad that all the love you had for you don’t care what shape he’s in—
her just didn’t last... You surrendered him I’m told..
1-2yrs Grey Male
1-2yrs Tabby/Torti Female
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You dumped your cat today…Don’t shake your head and say “ No, NO! I would not do that”…
But when he was lost and you knew he might be in a pound— tell me, did you even look for your cat?
You dumped your cat today…
And he waits on Death Row in the pound—
Do you know 95% of lost cats are never found!!!
4-6yrs Black/White Male
BLACKTOWN ANIMAL HOLDING FACILITY You dumped your cat today…
415 Flushcombe Road, PROSPECT. NSW Did you know she is on the RED LIST
Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for destruction today? Nobody will miss
her for she’s only a stray….
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00pm Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The facility is CLOSED on Public Holidays
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http://www.collaroyvet.com.au/ Marmalade (with her 5 kittens
who are now all adopted )
Collaroy Veterinary Services
1185 Pittwater Rd,
COLLAROY. NSW. 2097
Phone: (02 ) 9971 8487
Do you have a big Young Marmalade is a gentle and quiet 3 year old ginger
heart to share love Domestic Short Hair female cat - very rare to find a
and joy with this ginger female! Marmalade has been an excellent Mum
young girl? and her kittens have all successfully found their new
forever families. Now Marmalade is needing a forever
Marmalade needs family of her own - do you have a gentle caring family to
your tender care share a new home with Marmalade?
as she has gone
through some hard Marmalade comes de-sexed, wormed, F3 vaccinated,
times and was saved FIV tested & micro chipped. For more details call
from the pound with Collaroy Veterinary Service — see details above...
her 5 tiny kittens.
She enjoys being patted and cuddled on a lap, but
needs someone to help build her confidence again.
Are you ready for a new best friend? One who will love your attention
and will be happy to snuggle and cuddle for most of the day? OK,
playing a few games will also be on the list.
Miracle is so named as she was saved from Death Row at a pound, is
your family open to "rescuing" her now? She is well mannered and in one
of our photos, was kneading her blanket with joy from just being told how
pretty she was - how sweet and intelligent! Miracle is a 1 - 1.5 year old
tabby & white Domestic Short Hair female cat. Miracle is ready for her
forever caring & longing for more attention as soon as she can get it!
Miracle will come with desexing,
wormed, F3 vaccinated, FIV tested
and micro chipped. For more
details call Collaroy Veterinary
Service — see details above...
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Kittycat-tidbit:cat talks – are you really listening?
1-2yrs Tabby/Torti Female
Do you recognise your cat’s different vocalisations and do you notice if your cat does repeat the
same string of “meows” for certain needs?
How many different forms (pitch, cat-words/vowels in patterns, and intensity) do you notice?
And to whom is it directed?
Most people will be familiar with a cat’s standard meows/calls to humans for welcoming, seeking attention or food,
growls of discouragement etc. There is a range of other possible vocalisations, and we still have lots to learn,
though the most famous study which still holds true was by Mildred Moelk in the 1940s. With my own and friends’
cats I have noticed the following:
• The different greetings to me on arriving home – one of my cats has a convoluted 7 vowel/word
sentence when I have been late home from work or a long social engagement, I am guessing this
includes being reprimanded by her ;)
• The breath type of vocalisation rather than a meow-call, the cat pushing its breath through the mouth –
I am sure this is one of my cat’s ways of trying to get as close as possible to human communication, as
it can also meow when it chooses, and has been noticed by family and neighbours
• Short warning meows/calls to other cats – usually as in “get out of my way, coming through!” and
also a different call distinctly a warning when something dangerous is approaching – observed both
in female and male cats to our “tribe”
• Short and quiet, one or two vowel meows to birds – I have noticed several cats performing this
funny little welcoming but also warning to birds
• Baby-like-cries by one of my cats when he is about to be fed – he was rescued from a shelter/pound
so times must have been tough for him and still 2 years later he is so excited yet still anxious about
What have you heard that has been repeated by your cat?
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AN INITIATIVE FROM BLACKTOWN POUND…
POUND CAT OF THE MONTH!
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We would like to thank Blacktown Animal Holding Facility very much for their wonderful initiative
in saving a Pound Cat’s life through our FRONT PAGE PET promotion each month.
At the end of each month a Cat/Kitten from the
RED LIST (euthanasia list ) will be chosen from
Blacktown Animal Holding Facility as the cover cat
for RESCUECATS E-Magazine and also Doggie
Rescue E-Magazine ‘CAT OF THE MONTH’. The
chosen cat will be given additional time to find
their forever home. It is just one cat you might say
but for that cat it could mean LIFE not DEATH.
WHERE IS THE POUND?
Blacktown’s Animal Holding facility is ‘LOVELY TITANIA’…
located at …415 Flushcombe Road,
PERSONALITY: To start, Titania was a bit cautious,
PROSPECT. NSW and wanted to tuck herself into Joey’s arms. But as the
( Closed Public Holidays.) cuddles progressed, and she had her head rubs (x3),
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am Titania lived up to her name and came out to shine. She
to 4:30 pm Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm is a little thin and will need a loving, caring home soon.
Sunday 9:00 am to11:00 am What I can tell you, is that at the end of the photos plus
http://services.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/petsonline/ additional cuddle time, she was perky and loving
being with some people. LOVE comes FREE
I GOT A HOME: July cover girl “Unexpected
Beauty” cuddles with her new best friend! YOU SHOULD KNOW: She is between 1 and 2 years
old, so you had better have some toys at home because
she is going to want to play and (as noted above) tuck
herself into your arms.
WHERE: Blacktown Holding Facility COST: $160
(includes micro chipping, desexing, and vaccinations)
Blacktown Animal Holding Facility on 9839-6161
email: [email protected]
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“ To start, Titania was a bit cautious, and wanted to tuck herself into Joey’s arms. But as the cuddles
progressed, and she had her head rubs (x3), Titania lived up to her name and came out to shine.” Elizabeth
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WHY DO CATS FIND THEMSELVES IN POUNDS?
Jerry has been re adopted by a
family who will appreciate him...
Out West, beyond the leafy suburbs, beyond the tree lined streets and houses,
there is a Pound. And this is the tail of one cat.
His name is Jerry. Jerry was left at the Pound by his Mother (I mean human mother). Do you want to know why?
This lady had decided that morning that her baby was more important than Jerry and his Sister. Two cats she
had had for a while. Two cats who had come to love her and rely on her.
So, baby in tow, this Lady bagged Jerry and Sister and hauled them off to the Pound in her car. Once arrived, in the
cold afternoon light she approached the front desk and said, “Yup don’ wan these cats any more, I have a baby now
…” and smiled and gestured to the baby. And so it came to pass that on a cold afternoon, one of the Pounders took
Jerry and his Sister down to the cattery. A blanket in the bottom of a box, and into a cinder and steel cage they were
deposited. That night they huddled in the cold together without knowing why they came to be in the Pound.
At the same time, on that cold afternoon, this lady having arrived home took her sleeping baby, paused on entering
her warm home to crank up the heater, and moved to the baby’s room. The expensive crib was in the corner. This
lady lay her baby down and got another blanket to ensure baby was warm.
I would give away all my possessions before I gave up an
animal that I had promised to care for …
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Unfortunately the number of cats being surrendered to pounds appears to be rising not decreasing.
As a cat owner what can I do to help?
From easily obtained Australian sources* we can draw some points to Do you know where
highlight where every pet owner can easily take action to help reduce your local council
the horrendous number of deaths in pounds and shelters each year. sends its “strays”?
The big pounds in
1. Ensure your kitty is micro-chipped and registered – western and south
there is a very small percentage, 5%, of cats traced and returned to western Sydney take
their owners from pounds and shelters. While it’s now “the law” to register animals from
your kitten once over 6 months – why not get it done early? Make sure that councils all over the
your pet is identified so that if it becomes lost you can easily be reunited. Sydney metropolitan
Don’t forget to update details when you move or if your pet changes owners. area.
2. Desex, desex, desex – many cats at pounds have not been Only if your kitty is
desexed, and many kittens are surrendered too. Desexing your kitty is chipped and
directly your part to play to minimise the total number of cats in Australia, registered will any-
and decrease the significant number that become “unwanted” and one be easily able to
destroyed each year. trace your lost pet
back to you.
3. Adopt a kitty that is suitable to your family - don’t pick
because of cuteness, age, breed, or gender, the most important aspects
to match include:
• personalities (yours and theirs)
• activity levels (yours and theirs) and
• space requirements (matching the cat’s needs to your home).
This avoids surrendering or abandoning a pet when it hasn’t “fitted in”.
“Each year an unacceptably Be a Responsible Pet Owner (RPO) - tick-off the
high number of dogs and cats above three points, and also consider:
are euthanased in NSW pounds
and shelters. • Training and coaching your cat not to hunt and
consider outside cat enclosures (with an internet
“Of animals that enter these search there are all sorts of options). Reduce cats
facilities, some 60 per cent of considered a nuisance which may be seized.
cats and 30 per cent of dogs
never leave alive. • Keep your cat inside at night for its safety and the
safety of other animals. Some cats are lost or may
“Last year 50,000 dogs and cats stray and find themselves in pounds
were euthanased in NSW. These
numbers are distressing ...” • Keep your cat healthy – physically, mentally and
emotionally. Ensure your loved pet sees a vet when
3 Feb 2014 Don Page, Local needed. Some cats are surrendered due to ailing
Government Minister health or poor behaviour due to anxiety.
• Keep your cat – life-time commitment means exactly
that—all the way through its old age! Sadly, some cats
are surrendered due to age.
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Ensure both you and the cat have fun together – “cat quality time” can include exercise with cat
toys, escorting your cat outside to watch the world go past, quiet afternoon siestas, lounging near the heater in winter.
By providing a comfortable, relaxed and loving environment, a cat is more likely to be confident, relaxed and loving.
Thereby, poor behaviours are avoided, and it is less likely a cat will be relinquished as not being suitable.
If you need to relinquish your cat, do as much as possible to find it a new family yourself
– do as much is possible to find a new loving family, perhaps offer “deal sweeteners”, and ensure the new family
really are a good fit. Use your network of friends and work associates, the free internet advertising sites, posters and
flyers and of course have great photos and mention the cat’s positive characteristics. Unfortunately in the large
pounds the surrendered cats are usually on a very short 7 day time period in which to be adopted... and for 50% of
cats, due to the competition, this ends in euthanasia.
SAVE A LIFE!
Adopt from a rescue group, shelter or pound – these organisations ensure each animal is micro-
chipped, registered, vaccinated and desexed. Rescue groups save animals from the pounds (bringing down many
pounds’ euthanasia numbers) and many will guarantee to take back an animal if the owner is no longer able to
continue care, or take back a found micro-chipped animal if the current owner cannot be located by a pound.
ADOPT US—GORGEOUS SISTERS!
Imp:3343 CAPRI & Imp:3344 SUPER BEE Both 6-12mths Tabby/ Torti Females
ADOPTING, FOSTERING OR DONATING $$$ HELPS US SAVE MORE...
*Aust. sources include: RSPCA report for 2014; Office of Local Government 2013 report on Council Data Analysis.
(on dogs/ cats in pounds); & a 2013 Australian Veterinary Journal article on Cat Admissions to RSPCA Shelters in QLD.
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SAVING FUR KIDS 1 BY 1
As we go about our own routines tonight, perhaps dinner for some, wine for
another, or a bath, maybe a movie, I thought I would post this cat I saw today ...
at RescueCat Project we try, we do our best, and it is never enough ...
Imp.3303 PONY 1-2yrs Female
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Doggie Rescue has been saving cats since June 2014. Since that time we have
SAVED 181 cats in total. What an amazing achievement in only 14mths!
Now my kittens are all
adopted maybe I can
take a catnap or two...
We have 15 cats looking for their
forever homes (5 adults and 10 kittens)
Please fill in the Adoption form for cats on www.doggierescue.com/adoption_cat
and email it to [email protected] or call us on 9486-3133