In our mission to create a future where every homeless pet finds a human to love for life, we continue to develop innovative solutions to some of the key and controversial animal welfare issues we face in Australia today.
Research has shown that 40% of cat owners are secretly feeding a wild, stray or homeless cat they don't own. We like to call them ‘Community Cats’, and we actively support the compassionate cat-lovers who choose to help these kitties by providing free advice to help communities take responsible care for these free-roaming cats. As well as creating the Secret Cat Society website as a source of information on desexing and other resources for community cat carers, our helpdesk regularly responds to enquiries from concerned Australians seeking help after discovering a stray cat or litter of kittens. All community cat enquiries are managed via firstname.lastname@example.org
To help our compassionate community of adopters and supporters understand and take their own action on important animal welfare issues, we offer a small library of published articles and suggested resources for further research. See PetRescue’s animal welfare principles.
Animal welfare research
In association with the University of Sydney, Dr Paul McGreevy and Animal Welfare Scientist Mia Cobb, we assist several animal welfare research programs and projects by providing valuable pet statistics and insights gathered via the PetRescue website. The Physical and Affective Wellbeing Study of Dog Owners by the University of Sydney is one example of many works PetRescue has contributed to with the aim of advancing animal welfare research in Australia.