RSPCA Queensland is nearing capacity with 822 cats in their care and 300 looking to crash on your couch right now.
Spokesperson Emma Lagoon says, “We are very much full with cats and need more cat lovers to adopt.”
There has never been a better time to adopt a cat with shelters and rescue groups across Queensland full or reaching capacity.
In the past year, hundreds of cats requiring specialist care for behavioural or medical rehabilitation have found themselves turning to the RSPCA.
An RSPCA program dedicated to rehabilitating fractious felines is proving to be a success, helping hundreds of timid, under socialised and shy cats.
Ms Lagoon says, “The program removes some of the everyday shelter life activities which can adversely affect these cats. The majority just need time and space, but this also means our centres can fill up fast.”
RSPCA’s Cat Rehabilitation Program cared for 793 adult cats last year. 82 percent were successfully rehabilitated and adopted. “In addition to that we had a 100 percent success rate with fractious kittens 12 weeks and under,” says RSPCA Queensland’s Head of Behaviour, Kirsty Nalvarte.
All RSPCA shelters work with fractious cats and kittens and Dakabin, Kingaroy and Gympie have small behaviour modification spaces they utilise onsite.
Cats enrolled in the program also utilise office space at the Brisbane RSPCA as part of an office foster program to help them adjust.
While this Friday may be Take Your Dog to Work Day ® (created by Pet Sitters International), shy cats in need of help can also benefit in office environments.
Ms Nalvarte says, “Fostering and specialised care give the cats and kittens much-needed human interaction and distance from other cats.
“Seeing these cats transform from standoffish or hissy cats to affectionate purr machines wanting to sit on your lap is just incredible and our staff, volunteers and foster carers play a large role in making this possible.”
If you’re looking to adopt a cat, view animals available for adoption here.
Alternatively, if you can help provide temporary care for an animal in your home, sign up to become a foster carer by applying online.