Of course, we have changed the lives of many, many cats - at the time of writing, there are more than 300 cats and kittens in our care. While most go on to be the centre of their hooman's lives, there are others who, for some reason or other (usually because their story has an particularly sorry start, and an especially happy ending) gain the affection of our whole world of supporters. These are the ones we are featuring here.
This beautiful boy, Just Cats very famous mascot, arrived at Just Cats in 2015. He was 9 months old and weighed 9kgs!
Gavin was trapped on a property in Deloraine as a feral cat and was rehabilitated by the property owner prior to being surrendered here to Just Cats.
Gavin was adopted out twice but returned for several reasons - not getting along with other cats or dogs, and crying at the door constantly.
Gavin really made the choice himself to live permanently at Just Cats.
These days, Gav weights around 10.5 kgs, and attends expos, schools, nursing homes and palliative care units where he spreads his love in the currency of purrs...he is even an annual blood donor!
Sila came to us as a tiny, eight-week-old kitten, found after she had fallen into a drum of used engine oil in the Launceston CBD. One of our Facebook Followers named her Sila, Slovakian for strength.
She had ingested some of the oil and was drenched in the thick substance that covered her coat. Sila actually 'died' twice, and was miraculously resuscitated.
It was touch-and-go - Sila had to get the oil out of her system and there was the potential for permanent damage to her liver.
Finally she bounced back! She now has a medical unit at the shelter named after her, and she looks amazing!
Dear little Bindi, horrifyingly, almost ended up as landfill. The wonderful workers at the Launceston Tip found her in the nick of time in the garbage, and brought her through to Just Cats. Initially known as just "the rubbish baby", Bindi soon had a personality shining through and found her name, Bindi.
Listen to Rachel talking to Brian Carlton from Tasmania Talks about Bindi, her future, and the future of Just Cats.
After a warm bath, a good feed, she was off to one of our amazing foster carers, and now - her future is bright.