Orelia animal lover on mission to give cats the snip


Melita Shonis has been rescuing cats for 22 years and is raising funds to buy desexing vouchers to be included in a Perth Pet Hamper for Father’s Day.
Melita Shonis has been rescuing cats for 22 years and is raising funds to buy desexing vouchers to be included in a Perth Pet Hamper for Father’s Day.

ORELIA animal lover Melita Shonis is on a mission to get as many cats desexed as possible.

An active cat rescuer for 22 years, Ms Shonis is fundraising to purchase desexing vouchers to be included in Perth Pet Hampers as part of a Father’s Day promotion.

The aim of the Father’s Day Feline Project CatSnip is to help cat owners have their cats desexed, which will in turn reduce the number of unwanted kittens and stray cats.

“I founded and ran my own rescue over 20 years before retiring from the group in 2014,” Ms Shonis said.

“In rescue you are on the front line on a daily basis and see what is really happening behind the scenes, most of which the general public is not aware of.

“Laws for cats were changed in the hopes to reduce the huge over-population problems within WA. Many still choose to ignore these laws or are unaware; some do not have the financial capacity even though they wish to follow these laws as they do care about feline welfare.”

Ms Shonis has spoken to many vets already, who are happy to be on board and support with either discounts to the vouchers or provide vouchers with the funds raised.

“Challenger Vet, Kwinana, Edgewater Vet and Cat Haven are on board,” she said.

“This is a topic close to my heart, to many veterinary clinics in WA and of course the greater rescue community.”

Ms Shonis’ goal is to raise $5000. Visit facebook.com/perthpethampers/ or www.facebook.com/groups/1773911656220894/.