Cats. Why do I love them so? Well, simply put – they are amazing creatures. I didn’t really befriend my first cat until 2004 and suffice to say, he changed my life. And as they say, the rest is history. CCR started as a solution to a problem – a big problem …that being the issue of the homeless cats and kittens across Victoria and the high euthanasia rates in pounds and shelters. I couldn’t sit back and pretend it didn’t exist. So I joined the ranks of other rescue groups across Victoria…all doing our bit to make a real difference to the lives of the animals (and the people) in the community. We rescue, rehabilitate, rehome and advocate for change. One kitty at a time.
Cheltenham Cat Rescue is a registered animal welfare charity organisation, with deductible gift recipient status. Our focus is on the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of cats across Melbourne.
Cheltenham Cat Rescue (CCR) commenced rescue operations in June 2015. After fostering for a number of years with other wonderful rescue organisations – and learning about the companion animal issues across Victoria and Australia – CCR founder Natasha thought she could add further value by setting up her own rescue organisation, the idea being to assist in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of cats within the Melbourne community.
How we operate
Working collaboratively with other rescue groups, councils and pounds across Melbourne, Cheltenham Cat Rescue focuses on rescuing homeless cats and kittens in need. Homeless doesn’t always mean the pound though. Whilst it is true that many of our cats can come from the pound, we also receive calls from members of the community regarding homeless cats wandering onto their property as well as calls for help from people who can genuinely no longer care for their cats, for one reason or another.
We are an all-breed cat rescue organisation, staffed entirely by volunteers and funded only by public donations. All funds raised go straight back into helping the cats and kittens in our care. Our survival as an organisation relies on the network of our volunteer foster carers who assist in the provision of temporary homes whilst forever homes are found. Without these carers, rescue organisations like CCR would cease to exist. All cats/kittens rescued are fully vet worked before being rehomed. We are not a shelter and as such, we do not have a centralised location. All adoptions take place via an adoption application process, the aim being to find the purrfect match between human and feline.
We believe that all breeds of cats deserve loving and caring homes and any medical care necessary to ensure the best possible quality of life, regardless of their age or condition. Through our work, we also seek to educate the community on responsible companion animal guardianship, holistic cat health care management and the dire situation of thousands of healthy cats and kittens being euthanised everyday in Australia…and what can be done to prevent this from happening.
Meet the committee
Dedicated and passionate about what they do, we are grateful to each and every person who joins the Cheltenham Cat Rescue (CCR) colony.
Sitting behind the volunteers is a small committee. Our team are on a mission to make sure that there is a cat in every home, and home for every cat.
Join us. Join the CCR colony.
My love of cats stems back as far as I can remember and having them as part of my family has always made me feel complete and balanced. They add so much joy and happiness to my life and I’m blessed to experience so much daily cat love.
Cats are amazing creatures with a massive range of different personalities, no two cats are the same. They provide an enjoyable challenge when working with them and are far from something textbook. Once you have their trust and love, the bond formed between the two of you is one you will never forget. This is what I love about cats the most.
I started out in wildlife rescue and found that cats were getting the short end of the stick. With a lot less carers and helpers to help our homeless and unprotected cats, I dove in head first and found myself in love with being allowed into the lives of the cats that came into my care and really making a difference. I’d always had a soft spot for cats but now they have taken over my house and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a particular interest in cats with health issues and helping them recuperate. There’s nothing more joyous than watching a cat regain their health and turning into a happy member of my colony. Helping those little fighters become happy, healthy companions is what I live for.
Conor oversees the onboarding of all new kitties at CCR HQ. As the first foster fail in the family, he takes his role very seriously and does have the tendency to make new foster kitties jump through hoops as part of the initiation process. But he means well
He spends most of his time perched up on the scratching post in the outdoor enclosure, basking in the sun, or …surprise surprise, in a box.
ConorVIP CCR Foster Inspector
There are plenty of ways you can get involved to support our vital rescue network.
Cheltenham Cat Rescue is not a shelter so there is no centralised location for you to visit. To adopt one of our beautiful felines, the first step is to submit an adoption application form.