THE staff at Paws Cat Rescue in Baldivis are urging people to consider their circumstances before purchasing a kitten for Christmas.
Director Carolyn Lloyd said while it was pleasing to see so many kittens given new homes in the lead up to Christmas, an influx of older cats get dropped off at shelters in the weeks following Christmas.
Ms Lloyd said staff were not sure if it had something to do with landlords and rental agreements, or with the number of cats councils allow, or even if owners prefer kittens over their older pets.
She said whatever the reason, there was definitely a flood of mature cats handed in to the rescue in the weeks following Christmas.
The older cats usually need to be vaccinated and fed and on average it can take about three to four months to re-home an older cat.
Ms Lloyd said after Christmas was a very hectic and expensive time for the rescue.
Customer-owned P&N Bank has stepped in to help towards providing the rescue group with financial assistance to help with the ongoing cost of vaccinations and vet bills.
The rescue group received funding through P&N’s Helping Hands grants program.