Victoria’s largest dedicated shelter for cats opens its doors

Victorian cat lovers are in for a treat, with the state’s largest dedicated shelter for cats opening in Melbourne’s north east. The Cat Protection Society of Victoria is ending a challenging year on a high with its state-of-the-art new shelter which will provide refuge for up to 300 cats.

An adoption centre, new private vet clinic, education classroom and café (opening in 2021) are some of the facilities offered at the Greensborough facility.

The Society’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Crook said that he and his team were thrilled to be opening the new Shelter.

“This is an incredible opportunity to help more cats in need and engage with the local community,” said Ian.

“We can now accommodate short term refuge for over 200 more cats in the Shelter than in our temporary facility and have also been able to significantly expand our veterinary services.”

“It will also allow us to do more educational initiatives, to assist the community in understanding what is involved in responsible pet care,” he said.

Mr Crook said the CPSV has been in operation for more than 70 years, and the new shelter is an exciting milestone in its history offering the best care for cats.

“The goals are very simple,” he said. “Our mission is to find new homes for as many surrendered and stray cats as possible.”

The café at the new shelter (to be opened in 2021) will be a warm invitation for the local community to pop in for a visit and cuddle with the shelter’s precious inhabitants. Meanwhile, an outdoor courtyard with cat enclosures, fully-stocked retail store selling products for cats and their human companions, and a community classroom will also form part of the new premises.

The new shelter is located at 200 Elder Street, Greensborough (next door to the Shelter’s temporary facilities).

To ensure the Society can operate in a COVID-safe manner and take the upmost care of the cats at the shelter and team, the adoption centre and vet clinic will be open by appointment only. At this stage, public access to the adoption centre is not available.

If you would like to express interest in adoption a cat in need, please complete an adoption application by clicking here.

To make a booking at the feline dedicated vet clinic, contact 8457.6504

The Facility Retail store which is fully-stocked with everything your feline family member may need (or desire) is open to the public from Saturday 14th November (with limits on the maximum number of people in-store at anyone time). Access to this store is via the gates at the front of the temporary facility- press the door bell on arrival and a member of our team will greet you.

At a glance – CPSV’s new shelter

  • Refuge for up to 300 cats
  • Feline dedicated private vet clinic
  • >5000 cats each year to be cared for at clinic
  • A one-stop-shop for cat adoption, care, nutrition and healthcare
  • Comfortable and ‘enriching’ environment minimises boredom, stress, and the spread of disease