Construction has begun on a new Cat and Small Animal Care Center (CASA) on the RSPCA Peninsula which will provide best practice care and shelter to over 2,500 cats, rabbits and guinea pigs each year.
Purpose-built and designed by specialist architects with advice from veterinary and animal behavior experts, the new facility will feature the latest care and shelter designs and technologies, so animals can heal faster and be adopted more quickly into loving, eternal homes.
RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker said with the existing facilities on the RSPCA Peninsula being over 30 years old, it can be difficult for staff and volunteers to currently provide modern, best-in-class care. practices to animals when needed.
“The RSPCA Peninsula accepts all cats, kittens and small animals brought to us, and their welfare is our first priority.
“Unfortunately, these animals often come to us scared, sick, neglected, traumatized and friendless. We know that shelter environments can be stressful for cats in particular, which can lead to health and behavioral issues that make it more difficult their recovery and adoption,” Dr. Walker said.
“The new CASA Care Center will increase our ability to protect and care for more cats with state-of-the-art accommodations, an isolation wing and spacious cabins that help every cat feel safe and comfortable.”
The CASA Animal Care Center will include:
• The ability to care for approximately 250 cats, kittens and small animals at a time, providing everyone with a healthy, safe and nurturing environment that reduces stress and allows them to recover quickly. This equates to approximately 2,500 animals per year.
• Specially designed housing and adoption facilities for small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
• A separate isolation wing to care for cats suffering from ringworm and other infectious diseases.
• A long-term wing with outdoor enclosures for cats who need to extend their stay.
• An adoption wing where visitors can spend relaxed time with the cats in special meeting rooms to get to know each other before taking them home.
The $4.75 million facility is funded through the generous heirs and donors of RSPCA Victoria. It will be environmentally friendly, with solar panels providing electricity and ozone gas laundry that provides superior cleaning and disinfection while using less water.
Dr Walker said the RSPCA Victoria looks forward to welcoming the public to the new facility once construction and installation is complete, which is expected to take place in January 2023.
“By creating a comfortable and calming environment of refuge, cats and small animals will find happiness in their new forever homes more quickly and we can reduce costs while providing best practice care.”