Many of us love animals but find it difficult to commit to keeping a pet — perhaps we travel, move house often, or simply don’t know where we’ll be in a year’s time.
If you’re a cat lover currently living in Melbourne, there’s an answer — one that involves helping others as well as feeding our own selfish need for cat cuddles.
Paws and Tails (PAT) is a privately run organisation operating in the inner western suburbs to rescue and re-home cats and kittens in need. The organisation is always looking for foster carers to take in cats until they have found a permanent home. The carer is responsible for feeding the cat and worming it where necessary, but any vet bills are covered by PAT.
My share-house has been fostering cats and kittens for almost a year now. In that time, we’ve cared for over a dozen animals. As some of these cats have come to us a little traumatised, the adjustment period after the move has sometimes been a bit challenging, but in the end it’s always a lot of fun. If you’re keen to foster, all you’ll need is some space, a cat litter, a bit of patience and lots of kitty love.
Equally, if you’re looking to permanently adopt a cat or kitten, PAT is a great place to start. These cats come de-sexed and chipped, and, of course, in need of good homes.
If you’re interested in fostering or adopting a cat, you can contact PAT via the Facebook page.