We (Friends of the Animals Perth) are hosting this fundraiser for Yvette Harper of Narrogin WA to help her with the cost of her rescue and rehabilitation work that she is doing for the feral or homeless cats of Narrogin.
Every little bit supporters can contribute will be gratefully accepted by Yvette and will help her continue to do the amazing work she started nearly 5 years ago.
When Yvette first moved to Narrogin in 2014, she quickly realised that the cat population was out of control. Every house in the area had at least 2 to 4 strays hanging around. The town centre saw 100s at night scurrying around but terrified of any humans that tried to approach.
Yvette decided something had to be done so she contacted the local vet but unfortunately they couldn’t offer any solution to the mammoth problem. After speaking to a few locals Yvette decided to do some research on local pages on Facebook. She asked what the local people wanted – did they think the cats could be trapped, housed and rehabilitated? And would people want that, or would they want the cats to be euthanised?
A majority of those responding to her post chose “rehabilitation”. After meeting with the town Ranger where they discussed what methods had been trialled (and failed) previously it was obvious to Yvette that the town was divided on what should happen to the cats.
So Yvette decided the only thing to do was to open her house to the cats! Suitable enclosures needed to be installed and then the work could begin!
Since the start of her work all those years ago, Yvette has taken in any cat that comes to her door – no cat is turned away! Feral cats, sick cats, injured cats – they are taken in and appropriately rehabilitated to their needs. They are handled appropriately while being given treatment, for their safety as well as Yvette’s!
Yvette found that some cats can take from 6 months to 2 years to be rehabilitated enough for them to go to new homes. This is because Yvette never gives up on any cat – no matter how big and nasty they appear at first. We think Yvette should be very proud of herself. She has successfully rehabilitated approximately 1200 cats since she started taking them into her home and has also worked closely with a few Perth rescues to help rehome some of the cats.
It is amazing that Yvette has managed to do the majority of this work while being on disability payments after a motor vehicle accident 10 years ago and while going through her own rehabilitation – learning to do everything again, including walking and eating!! Yvette has said that the cats have helped her as much as she has helped them and they give her motivation to get better.
Yvette does receive some food donations here and there but is often juggling her finances so that the needs of the cats are met (even before her own)!
Yvette has never had less than 18 cats in her care at any time and currently has 37! Sometimes a cat is not able to be rehomed for medical reasons so Yvette does palliative care for them so they are comfortable and loved with her until it’s their time to leave this world – a full belly, comfortable bed and the medical treatment needed to ensure they are pain free.
Yvette and her supporters have made headway with the cat population in Narrogin seeing an 85% reduction of cats. This has been hard and sometimes sad work that Yvette does, but she has told us that it is also very rewarding. She is making a difference and has saved thousands of cats and given them a second chance. Yvette is an inspiration and we feel she is someone very worthy of our support.
Friends of the Animals PERTH
See more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-16/feral-cats-to-friendly-pets-as-woman-rehabilitates-wild-moggies/10246910?fbclid=IwAR32jcmC07uAhBhzOg6JtRdCEFWiuMZrSmrCCK7je-rIwp8OVTOxcpfGYlA