BOMBALA’S Heather Brown and her Cat Action Team (CAT) are doing their part to remove stray cats and kittens from the community.
She has removed and found homes for more than a dozen stray cats and hopes to continue with the remaining population before spring, when their breeding cycle begins again.
Mrs Brown has been overwhelmed by the support that the team has received.
“We have received some amazing donations from the community including food and toys for the cats,” Mrs Brown said.
“We even had people volunteer to come and sit with the cats which has been lovely.”
“There has been very positive feedback within the community, with 13 kittens finding homes.
Many of the kittens that were rehomed were delivered to Canberra.
Mrs Brown has been driving within two hours of Bombala.
“Many of the people that took a kitten did so because they thought the project was a good cause,” she said.
“I think the supermarket and the bowling club, where most of the cats were collected, have noticed an improvement in the community.”
The CAT project will continue to operate in Bombala with the collection of kittens and cars coming to a halt because of limit space.
Mrs Brown said the project still has a lot of work to do.
“ I had to stop because I was running out of room but once we have these cats homed we can continue to collect them again,” she said.
“There are still many cats to be collected in the community.
“If anyone is feeding a cat in the community, if they could let us know we can go around and desex them so they don’t continue to breed.
Despite the task being overwhelming for Mrs Brown – feeding kittens and cleaning pens every day – she is finding the task rewarding, giving the stray cats a second chance.
“It has been very time consuming especially when I had more than 10 kittens that required nursing three times a day, for about five to 10 minutes,” she said.
“When you have a kitten run up to you and rub against you, you realise that it is very rewarding.
“I take solace in knowing I have found good homes for those kittens and I even had one new owner tell me that of all the cats she has owned the kitten from Bombala has been the most affectionate, that she wants to be touched and I think that’s just brilliant to give that kitten a second chance.”
For more information on the CAT project call Mrs Brown on 6458 3904.