Shenton Park’s Cat Haven ‘full-to-bursting’ after Christmas time

The Cat Haven's cat welfare and adoptions team leader Ashlee Jenkins with one of the kittens looking for a home.
The Cat Haven's cat welfare and adoptions team leader Ashlee Jenkins with one of the kittens looking for a home.

KITTEN season is well underway at the full-to-bursting Cat Haven in Shenton Park.

Cat welfare and adoptions team leader Ashlee Jenkins said while there was always discussion about unwanted felines given as gifts and returned after Christmas time, she had not seen any spike in surrenders, with the influx of little ones a more pressing issue.

“People often talk about returns after Christmas, but the big thing for us is really kitten season, the return rate is just the same as normal,” she said.

Hundreds of kittens have come through the Cat Haven’s doors, with volunteers also monitoring Gumtree for litters without vet work.

“The problem is we get numbers down, and they go straight back up,” Ms Jenkins said.

“One day we might have 50 adoptions, but then 60 cats are brought in the next day.”

The organisation is currently caring for 260 cats onsite, with close to 500 in foster care.

Ms Jenkins said the summer holidays are a great time to adopt a new family member.

“There’s more time for families to come in and meet the cats and for them to get settled,” she said.