Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Clarence Cat Crisis

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Clarence Cat Crisis

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Byline: Erin Brady

THE Clarence Valley is being overrun by homeless, unwanted pets and according to HappyPaws Haven manager Sally Rogers, most are in Grafton.

Sally said in recent weeks animal rescue centres and shelters in the region had been inundated with abandoned and stray cats, dogs, kittens and puppies.

"People are finding stray animals everywhere," Sally said.

"Some are just wandering around looking for food and shelter, others are locked in houses or just left in the backyard with what their owners think is sufficient food and water as their owners move on or go away for holidays.

"We are completely full and have had to knock back so many animals that have been dumped, it's not funny."

The maximum number of cats HappyPaws Haven legally can keep on its property at Eatonsville is 120.

Last week HappyPaws had reached that limit, but people were still turning up with cats.

One family turned up last week with a cat and three kittens around eight weeks old, telling Sally they had been dumped on their property. …

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