AAPS Cat Retirement Village
The Homeleigh Cat Retirement Village currently has around twelve permanent residents, each one being a very special individual.
Due to the diverse ages, personalities and backgrounds each cats needs, likes and dislikes are monitored on an ongoing basis by their carers. Meal times mean a variety of fish, chicken and beef. Some like milk, others prefer water. Everyone likes some individual attention whether it be sitting on a knee or a pat and cuddle.
The longhaired residents require regular grooming so the staff and volunteers are kept busy making sure that everyone gets their own personal care.
Veterinary care is provided by the Shelter Vet and Vet Nurse, who make sure that all residents are in the best of health.
For many cat lovers, particularly the elderly, worring about the future of their much loved felines after they are no longer able to care for them can be very depressing.
Over the years, the Australian Animal Protection Society (AAPS) has always tried to help. However, it was obvious that the shelter environment was far from ideal as a permanent residence.
It was with this in mind that the idea of a cat retirement home evolved into the Homeleigh Cat Retirement Village (CRV), and in May, 1993, the first residents moved in.
One of the most satisfying comments that human visitors to the village make is, “Oh it’s just like a real house!” and that is exactly how it was designed to be. Because most of the cats who move into the village are stressed to some degree by the upheaval of losing their owner and home, it is important that the village provide an environment similar to the one that they have left behind.
There is a cosy sitting room with chairs, baskets, floor rugs and, most importantly, a heater (which is very popular with our residents). The kitchen has the usual furnishings, including a large cupboard full of the residents’ favourite food and special treats. All tastes catered for!
The fully enclosed garden provides a safe and interesting area for the cats. There are bushes which provide shade and hiding places, and lots of space to relax on sunny days.
The Retirement Village is best suited to older cats which require a safe, loving and comfortable environment to live in once their owners are no longer able to care for them.
The residents are looked after by experienced and caring people, including our full time veterinarian.
To qualify as a resident in the Village, a cat should be at least 8 years old, and its owner must no longer be able to care for it (eg: because he/she needs to go into a nursing home or has passed away). The cat must have a satisfactory health status (free from feline AIDS and Leukemia). We also need to be sure that the cat will integrate into the existing group within the village. This is usually not a problem, as the cats are given ample opportunity to settle into their new environment.
Currently, a donation/bequest of $6000.00 is required to cover expenses incurred during the remaining lifetime of the cat. A formal agreement (copies of which are available at the shelter) needs to be completed by the cat’s owner or representative before the cat can take up residence.
If you would like to arrange a visit, or need more information about the Village, please call the shelter on ph (03)9798-8415 or (03)9798-8044.