Frequently Asked Questions

Where do your animals come from?

Some come from loving homes and are surrendered to us for a variety or reasons, some are found on the street with no microchips and are rescued by animal-loving members of the public (Good Samaritans) and sometimes we take animals from the pound.

Why do you charge a fee?

We are a registered not-for-profit charity operating out of rented premises. We have all sorts of expenses for food, litter, preventatives, utilities, strata, council rates etc. We health check, microchip, desex, vaccinate and apply flea and worm products to every animal. We also provide medical tests & treatment as needed and our vet bills are high. We get no government funding and everything has to be paid for with money from donations, boarding fees, adoption fees, surrender fees and fundraising.

What should I do if I find a kitten/kittens?

If you find kittens their mother is probably nearby so leave them where they are until you can find out if she’s around. Kittens, especially those who are very young, do not thrive without their mum so it’s better if they can be together. If separated the kittens need round the clock care and can often die. If you don’t spot mum within a day or so bring the kittens into your house and contact every rescue organisation you can think of to see if they can help. If mum shows up, ask for help to trap her so the family can be brought together again. Most rescues are more than full during kitten season & and it is much healthier for the kittens so you can help by keeping the whole family with you until the kittens are big enough to be vaccinated. Then the rescue can put them up for adoption.

Meanwhile while you are trying to find help feed mum so she in turn can feed her kittens. You can also try to find homes for them all through your own network. If you can’t find a rescue to take them and the kittens get bigger you will need to get both them and mum desexed to stop the cycle of births. You may be able to get help from one of the larger rescue groups to organise this at a reduced rate.

What should you do if you find an adult cat or a dog?

If the animal looks healthy it may just be roaming in your neighbourhood and will return to its home within a few days. If it doesn’t look healthy, try to catch it and take to the nearest vet. They can check for a microchip and locate the owner.

If there is no microchip and you are concerned for the animal’s safety you can contact rescues to see if they can help. If you contact the council they will take the animal, however council pounds are always full and the ending may not be the one you hoped for. For the best outcome, you can continue to care for the pet, bring it into your home and either keep it yourself or find someone in your family or circle of friends and neighbours to adopt it. Whatever the outcome it is wise to get the cat microchipped, health checked and desexed to stop the cycle of births.

If you post a photo of the animal on the neighbourhood pages on facebook this often leads to a successful reunion with the owner.

How can I help SAFE?

You can help in many ways. The most direct way is to adopt an animal from us! But there are other ways you can help us to save more animals.

What is SAFE’s euthanasia policy?

SAFE Rehoming is a No Kill animal welfare organisation

What does it cost to board my cat?

Boarding your cat

Do you need any towels/sheets/bedding?

We sometimes have to say Thanks but No Thanks! We have very little space for storage and usually have enough of these items as our cats are housed in comfortable suites which require only a small amount of bedding. You could ask your local vet if they need any sheets & towels as they go through more of these items than we do.

How do I surrender my animal to you?

Surrendering an animal