Hisses to Purrs was started in 2021 by a couple who, through their love of cats, became involved in various cat rescues in 2019. After a while, they noticed a gap in cat rescue in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. While many rescues combine rescuing street cats with surrendered or abandoned cats and kittens, none (that they could tell) solely focused on street cats. With ever-increasing kittens born on the street each year, Hisses to Purrs was born to do its little part to combat the growing population of street cats in the southern area. Instead of following in most other rescues' footsteps, Hisses to Purrs strictly focuses on street cats. We do not rehome owned cats, take on surrendered cats or unwanted litters of kittens. While we are only taking kittens and their mothers at this stage, we hope to take adult and junior cats in the future as we sign on more foster carers.
Adoptable Cats and Kittens
Available for Adoption from Foster Carer's Homes
Kittens and Cats in this section are available to meet at their foster carer's homes. Please read through their ads before applying to see if your family is a good match.
Available for Adoption from PETstock Melrose Park
The cats and kittens in this section are available for adoption from the condos at PETstock Melrose Park. Please head to 1089 South Road Melrose Park and speak to one of their lovely staff members to meet them.
All Hisses to Purrs kittens and cats are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, parasite treated, and socialised before they are placed up for adoption. They also come with an adoption pack full of goodies to help them settle into their new homes.
All kittens adopted through Hisses to Purrs must be kept indoors or have access to a secure cat enclosure/run only
Kittens up to 6 months $200
Juniors 6 months to 2 years $150
Adults 2+ years $100
Pure Bred Cats - Dependant on Breed
If you would like to meet any of our current cats or kittens, please fill out the application form which can be found here
Donations are vital for our work. Your donation goes directly to the veterinary treatment of the cats and kittens in care. All donations over $2 are tax deductible
Every donation that Hisses to Purrs Incorporated receives goes towards vet bills as well as food, flea and worming treatments, litter and the many other costs of rescue. Donations of food, litter, flea and worming treatments as well as other cat-related items such as bedding, toys, scratchers etc are also greatly appreciated with drop off points in Morphett Vale, Hackham and Christie Downs. Please contact us if you would like to make a donation of physical items for the address of the closest drop-off point.
The cats and kittens in our care thank you for your help!
Donations can also be made via bank transfer or directly to our vet account.
Our bank details are:
Hisses to Purrs Incorporated
For physical donations, please fill out the form in the contact me section with what you would like to donate and we will get back to you with drop-off locations
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Interested in Fostering for Hisses to Purrs?
Foster caring can be such a rewarding experience! The feeling you get watching a scared street kitten learn to trust and enjoy human company is second to none! It's a lot more than playing with cute kittens though. If you're interested in fostering for us, please read the booklet below to get a snippet of what it can involve. If you've fostered before and already know what it takes, please feel free to contact us! We'd love to set up a time to have a chat.
Download our potential foster carer booklet to make an informed decision if foster caring is for you
February 5, 2021 · Colony cats,street cats,Hisses to Purrs
It is Hisses to Purrs' mission to save as many street cats in the southern suburbs as possible. We only focus on street cats and cat colonies rather than take in surrenders and rehoming pets for people as we believe this is done by multiple other rescues and results in the stray cat population...
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Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return
A humane way of dealing with cat colonies in urban areas
What is trap neuter vaccinate return (TNR or TNVR)?
TNR and it's benefits
Trap neuter return (TNR) or trap neuter vaccinate return (TNVR and our preferred method) is a popular method of managing urban cat colonies in other parts of the world such as the USA and Europe. TNR has much debate in Australia as to its effectiveness, but we at Hisses to Purrs Incorporated believe that this is a more humane method of cat colony management than euthanasia.
When talking about TNR and stray cats, we think it's important to discuss the definition of a stray cat over 'feral' cats. While the USA deems 'feral' cats as any unowned cat, in Australia, 'feral' cats are those who live in the wild and don't rely on humans in any way. Stray cats living in cat colonies, however, are in urban areas and rely on humans either indirectly (think of the cats you may see around places such as junk food stores), or directly for food and shelter. We at Hisses to Purrs believe that rather than euthanising stray cats, a more humane way to manage them is through TNR.
TNR involves trapping the stray cats in a colony and taking them to a vet for desexing, vaccination and then releasing them back to the colony. The goal of TNR is to desex every adult cat in the colony and socialise and rehome any kittens present. If an adult cat is friendly, they are also brought into care and rehomed. By desexing adult stray cats, the cycle of kittens is stopped, the adult cats' welfare is increased due to less territorial fighting, and eventually, the colony dies out.
TNR doesn't involve just desexing and releasing the cats back to the colony to fend for themselves. Once a colony is managed through TNR, feeding stations are set up and the colony is monitored for any new cats immigrating to the colony, and for any illnesses. Sick cats are treated or euthanised if too unwell, and the healthy cats are left to live where they feel comfortable.
Each year rescues across Australia are inundated with kittens. Shelters such as the RSPCA are inundated with stray cats which are usually euthanised due to behavioural issues. We believe that by running TNR programs, shelters and rescues will have more space for cats and kittens that need rehoming and cats won't be needlessly euthanised because they are unsocialised.