Past News

Work on New Cattery Begins

Everyone at Mount Alexander Animal Welfare is excited to see building work start for the cattery that has been planned since the group took over the Shelter in December 2017. On June 7th VR Builders began marking out the site for the concrete slab. The slab is due to be poured on Monday 17th June and the building will take shape quickly under the guidance of Ross O’Neill of VR Builders.   Once the major work is finished the cladding, insulation and internal work will be done by a team of MAAW volunteers under the direction of MAAW volunteer David Walters, a retired registered builder.

Funding for the project has been boosted with $50,000 from the Victorian State Government’s Animal Welfare Vic large grants program.   The remainder of finance for this large project has come from donations from our supportive community and from the wonderful work of volunteers at the MAAW Op Shop under the leadership of Tania Butterworth, Fundraising Manager for MAAW.

The cattery will be 20 metres by 6 metres with a sunny aspect and great insulation to provide a comfy home for the many homeless cats needing love and protection while they wait for a loving home. Project leader, Stephanie Miller, along with Shelter Manager, Robyn Slattery, staff, the MAAW Committee and volunteers are delighted to see the work begin.

Our New Cattery

We are delighted to announce that the Victorian State Government is supporting our new cattery with a $50,000 grant.  Maree Edwards MP visited us at the shelter to make the announcement.

Our existing cattery is not compliant with the required standards.  It is hot in summer and cold in winter.  We have begun planning for a new facility to be built.  We think we will need around $150,000 in donations and grants for this to happen.  If you are able to help, even with a small donation, please click on the donate button on this page and mark your donation For the Cattery.  If you are able to help we would be very grateful.

Fundraiser for the MAAW Cattery

Volunteer Charles Young and his friends got together to host a beautiful lunch to raise money for MAAW’s new cattery.  They had a beautiful day and a great lunch and ended up raising a wonderful $2,200.  Thank you Charles!

Charles Young, MAAW volunteer, hosting lunch to raise funds for MAAW.

Donations for our New Cattery Needed

We are seeking donations and bequests for our new cattery.  Our existing cattery is not compliant with the required standards.  It is hot in summer and cold in winter.  We have begun planning for a new facility to be built.  We think we will need around $50,000 in donations and grants for this to happen.  If you are able to help, even with a small donation, please click on the donate button on this page and mark your donation For the Cattery.  If you are able to help we would be very grateful.

This is the current facility.  You can see that it is not watertight or insulated.

 

 

Our cattery goal on the window of our Opportunity Shop. The target is $50,000. We started with small donations, then $2,000 on-line, then a wonderful $15,000 from the S R Stoneman Foundation and now an additional $2,200 from Charles Young’s fundraiser! Our target is getting closer.

Open Day at the Shelter on March 10th

Tania Bensworth and Ebony Carroll drawing the raffle prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Hudson from Swing n Croon Taboo made our day lots of fun.
Rosey Skinner with cleaned up pooch!

Some crazy, some beautiful faces from the Little Clown Co. Thanks Deb and all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tori from Tori’s Pooch Parlour making our dogs glamorous!

 

 

 

 

Jodie Preston, Manager of Commonwealth Bank Castlemaine receiving a certificate of thanks for support for our cattery from Brian Heydon and Stephanie Miller.

 

Billy from The Little Bean made delicious coffee for us!

 

 

 

 

 

Bernadette with gorgeous plants and Liz ready to take memberships and volunteer applications.
All cleaned up and smelling sweet!