Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at www.brisbaneschild.com.au and www.kidsonthecoast.com.au.
Published September 7th 2012
Free-roaming cats can be an environmental disaster, and life in the wild is usually not great for the kitties concerned. Sickness, injury and hunger are just some of the problems that stray cats face.
One place that you might not expect to find stray cats is a university campus. When you think about it, though, it's not so surprising. Spacious grounds, a supply of wildlife and water, and places to hide and stay safe -- all pretty appealing, especially if you're a stray mother cat who's about to give birth.
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All these qualities make the University of Queensland at St Lucia an attractive place for ownerless cats to take up residence and breed. A couple of years ago, cat numbers were large enough for some campus animal-lovers to take action.
They formed Kittens on Campus, a volunteer program that rescues unwanted kittens from all University of Queensland campuses, and offers them to loving homes for adoption. As well as helping the pussycats concerned, this great program helps native wildlife who might otherwise fall prey to a wild cat community.
And humans also benefit. Not only can you find a loving pet, but every rescued kitten is health-checked, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, socialised, and desexed. So the kitten you take home has the best shot at becoming a healthy, happy member of your household.
As well as seeking people to adopt kittens, the program also needs foster carers for kittens before they are homed permanently. Donations of goods are also needed, in particular litter trays, toys, scratching posts, cat litter, bedding, and bowls. Food and vaccinations are sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition and Boehringer Ingelheim.
So, if you're looking for a kitten, this might be the right place to start. Just check out the Kittens on Campus Facebook page. The page also gives contact details if you'd like to volunteer or make a donation.
And if Kittens on Campus doesn't have a kitten when you're looking, the UQ Vet School also has an Adopt-A-Pet program, with plenty of cuties looking for a new home.
I have quite a few kittens up for adoption at the moment, is it possible if I send you the info about them you could advertise them for me please?
I understand if that is not what this web site is about though. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole (kittens on campus)