A purr-fect way to help

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Yvette Harper with a cat under her car.
Camera IconYvette Harper with a cat under her car. Credit: Michael Traill

Street Cat Appeal Narrogin has received a helping hand from Friends of the Animals Perth, with a GoFundMe account established to help cover the growing costs of rehabilitating cats.

Yvette Harper said SCAN was inundated with stray and feral cats, while the Wheatbelt experiences a rise in reported animal cruelty cases.

Ms Harper has at least 17 cats housed at her home at any one time.

Friends of the Animals Perth’s GoFundMe account, which was set up this month for SCAN, had raised $500 of its $2000 target as of Tuesday morning.

Ms Harper said the money would help ease the financial burden it takes to run SCAN, including the purchase of medication, three rounds of flea treatment per cat and a 60-litre bin of biscuits each week.

“I’m going to be struggling in the next month or so; it’s eaten through the finances,” she said.

In 2018, the Shire of Narrogin experienced a 38 per cent rise in animal cruelty reports according to the RSPCA, while Northam’s shire and town experienced a 72 per cent and 45 per cent increase from 2017 respectively.

“A majority of the street cats have had some form of abuse,” Ms Harper said.

“I’ve had them come in with their tails cut-off, been burned, broken scapulars, a lot of head trauma and things like that.”

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