Can you donate to our Meow-ry Christmas Cat Kringle?


Christmas is a time for giving and never giving up which is why this year we’ve created the Meow-ry Christmas Cat Kringle.

Each year we get great joy in seeing many of the sick and vulnerable cats and kitties that come through our door leave transformed as happy whiskered wonders ready for their new homes.

This warms our hearts, as we do everything in our power to ensure all the cats in our care have the opportunity, to experience a loving home come Christmas.

A donation to our Meow-ry Christmas Cat Kringle will help ensure that more sociable adult cats like Harry will be in a loving home and have a happy Christmas this year.

  • Learn more about Harry’s Story

    An eighteen-month-old ginger and white tabby male

    Time Spent at the Shelter: 221 days

    Personality: Cheeky people loving cat who adores attention and has a penchant for stealing pumpkin soup!

    Background: Harry arrived at the Shelter in March severely underweight and with a deep infected wound from where his collar had been trapped under his front leg. Despite having a collar, Harry had no microchip and his owner was never found.

    Treatment: While being assessed for an anesthetic to examine this wound, his breathing was noted to be abnormal and a chest radiograph (x-ray) was taken. This showed a diaphragmatic hernia-a hole in the muscle that divides the chest and abdomen-which allows the abdominal contents to enter the chest. Some cats with a diaphragmatic hernia have just a liver lobe or two that slip through this hole. Harry had greatly over-achieved, and every abdominal organ that could possibly move had relocated into the chest (stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas). Harry’s heart and lungs were none too happy about this invasion, especially as every time he tried to eat they’d get even further squashed.
    Harry was taken to surgery and the hernia was repaired. As the chest is open during this procedure, a nurse had to carefully ‘breathe’ for him until the hole in the diaphragm was closed. As soon as he was awake he was eating with new found enthusiasm and has shown great dedication to the worthy art of food consumption ever since (including being caught cleaning out the vet’s bowl of pumpkin soup at lunch one day)!
    Harry recovered well from the hernia repair but, although no longer infected, the collar wound wouldn’t completely heal as the injury had destroyed the normal pocket of skin a cat’s elbow sits in (this pocket is partly responsible for a cat’s ability to land safely from relatively great heights). A visiting specialist surgeon repaired this and it healed beautifully.

    Harry managed to further extend his stay by developing a skin condition. This eventually settled well with medical treatment and a change of diet.

    Shelter Life: Harry stayed in the Shelter vet clinic during his treatment and became a firm favourite. While life in the vet clinic isn’t for every cat, Harry revelled in the attention and, although initially timid, he blossomed into a confident young cat who would greet people as they arrived in the clinic and would happily sit on the top of his scratching post for hours watching the team work. He particularly liked morning tea when all his humans would stop and gather round, seemingly for the sole purpose of adoring him as he sat amongst the team.

    Harry’s Happily Ever After: Following treatment Harry went to stay with a foster carer. Unsurprisingly they fell in love with him and once his skin problem had fully resolved they were able to adopt him. The vet team miss his company in the clinic but are delighted this special cat has found his furever home.

    You can give a Cat Kringle donation to help a sociable adult cat like Harry here

Donation Options

Donate online

Donate using your credit card or debit card.

Your tax-deductible receipt will be emailed to you once your donation is processed.

Donate by post

To make a cheque donation, please make the cheque payable to The Cat Protection Society of Victoria and mail to:

The Cat Protection Society of Victoria
200 Elder Street, Greensborough
VIC 3083

And include a note with your return mail address or email address. Your tax-deductible receipt will be emailed or posted to you.

Donate over the phone

Please call us 03 8457 6500 to make a credit card donation over the phone between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Your tax-deductible receipt will be emailed or posted to you.