Meet Our Staff

Staff Members
Suki
Suki is a quiet smoocher of a girl. She’ll twist her tail round your legs and you around her little finger. She is a relative new comer to the centre.

Here she is in the kitchen looking for snack, but she won’t shout at you about it.

 

M'Lady
Precious M’Lady is an extremely well mannered and polite Dame. She returned to the SPCA a couple of years ago having originally been adopted from here some time ago. Wiring from an old jaw injury had misaligned leaving her now with a slightly lopsided look and a bit of a tongue poking out issue due to missing teeth. But she is very endearing and the politest cat we know. She spends most of her time in the office chairs keeping an eye on proceedings.
Reverend
Yes the very one who is to be revered. He came to the centre from another SPCA and has never left. He simply belongs here. He loves to chat and to sit on your knee if he can fit. He is a good old boy.

His favourite place is in the ‘dog’ beds in the office –whether a dog is in it or not does not matter to him.

Narla
Beautiful Narla has been at the centre some years. She moves around a lot with her sleeping spots. Often you will be looking for something or other around the centre for what ever task you are doing and will find Narla instead curled up in a rag box or the bedding supplies where you least expect her. She is a relaxed and friendly girl but not in your face about it.
Mr Mack
Mr Mack is quite the opposite. He is very in your face and loves everybody. Hard to believe of a cat that suffered horrific treatment by his owners. He was rescued and arrived at the centre with a shattered leg which required removal of the entire hip. Amazingly cats can manage without a hip as the muscles take over and support the leg. You would never know to look at him. He is now the centre’s official education cat and goes out on visits to schools, kindergartens and rest-homes teaching people about animal welfare and the joy of cats in his unique way.
Choppa
What can we say. The meanest looking dog with the biggest heart. He is a sharpei cross hence the roly look. He is a bit of a sit on you on the couch type which is great so long as you don’t mind drool. He will do anything for food so is always on the look out for stray morsels during feeding times. So he needs to watch his weight. He spend most of his time in the front yard as our meet and greet dog for visitors. He was best mates with Genta now departed.
Past Staff Members

Fluffy
She was here from the early days of the shelter. One of a litter she was too timid for adoption so remained as a shelter cat. She relaxed and became a beautiful shelter cat for the best part of 15 years. She was always there watching what was going on. She passed away in 2011 of old age related illness. She was a loveable smoochy favourite girl.

Amber
A very special rare ginger female this gorgeous girl was a long standing resident at the CHB SPCA. She suffered with health conditions including arthritis which meant remaining at the shelter for daily medication administration and ongoing monitoring. She was a very independent and bolshie girl on who’s wrong side you wouldn’t want to get – just look at that stare. She passed away in Jan 2013 peacefully at quite an advanced age when her health conditions became overwhelming. She is always in all our hearts.

Mittens
This girl did everything a top speed. She spent a few months in the cat rooms awaiting adoption but being confined did not suit her high energy and despite her tiny size she would harass and annoy the other cats incessantly. So one day she was deliberately released into the shelter grounds for her own and our sanity. She returned that same night to sleep in a comfy outdoor spot and thereafter this new found freedom suited her perfectly and allowed her to settle down as one of our shelter cats. Unfortunately not many months later she was killed by passing traffic one night, but we remember that she spent a very happy short life here rather than too long as an unhappy confined cat. Her joyful energy is missed.

Whispa & Genta.
Whispa
Whispa passed away in her sleep in September 2010. In her last years at the shelter she became a real character and very crafty. She was an expert thief and had learned to open doors and sneak food when we weren’t looking along with cuddly toys and anything else that took her fancy to chew up. It was easy to forgive her after all she had been through and given so much of herself.

She came to the SPCA in 1996 after being abandoned at a farm property along with bull terrier. She was named Whispa as it was many weeks before she was able to make a sound. The bull terrier was named ‘Casper’ as so paper thin and white he was. Casper’s health recovered and he was placed in a good home with a friend of the SPCA.

Whispa’s recovery was a longer slower process with numerous setbacks. She was unable to be re-homed as she suffered recurring flashbacks of the terrible treatment she and Casper had endured by their owner. She was terrified of males, the reason for this becoming clear from the statements taken during the enquires for the prosecution of the owner which stated she and the bull terrier were regularly hung by their collars on the fence and beaten with a paling.

So finally Whispa was adopted by the SPCA and remained at the centre as her ‘safe’ place where she shared so much with us. She had her own “den”, visited schools and hospitals and helped many abused dogs when they arrived at the centre to regain their confidence and trust is people.

Whispa is missed and never forgotten by us all. She was indeed a very special dog.

- From "Memoirs of Shelter Animals" written by Colleen Adams  [abridged].

Genta
Genta passed away in 2013 having lived most of her life at the SPCA centre. She was one of our ‘local security officer’ by letting us know when anyone came through the gate and kept us feeling safe, first in partnership with Whispa and more recently with Choppa.

She came to the SPCA centre on May Day 2002 as a terrified stray puppy brought in by the Dog Control Officer. She was paralysed by fear in the first days especially of anyone approaching with a chain or lead. However this was over the following weeks going to play a huge part in her rehabilitation. Colleen embarked on a long slow road to gain her trust in humans, as fear aggression takes time and much patience.

Her kennel she accepted as her safe place, her ‘den’, and she remained in it as Colleen persisted in the small slow steps of rehabilitation. The days became weeks and she slowly began to relax and respond without fear.

All this time she was able to watch the other dogs playing outside her den. But Colleen was worried as somehow she had to get her to come to her, so she had to have a name. During those weeks Colleen had used the phrase “gently does it” so often that she gave her the name Genta as it was a word she must have become familiar with.

At the sound of chains she would revert back to a quivering mess, and weeks later Genta had still not ventured out of her den. Then one day Colleen sat outside and gently called her. After a few minutes she stood up and came right out, this was a huge step for her.

Progress was all positive from then on. She was introduced to Whispa the shelter matriarch at the time. Whispa took Genta under her wing, they ran, played and even shared Whispa’s lovely ‘apartment’. We all knew then we now had two permanent shelter dogs. They trusted us implicitly and we had grown to love them both, there was no way they could ever be separated. They were two shelter dogs we loved to bits and best of all they knew they were loved and they in return showed us trust and love. They would meet us on arrival, bring us gifts, sometimes smelly things, but who cared.

It was worth all the time and effort no contest, would do it all again in a heartbeat

- From "Memoirs of Shelter Animals" written by Colleen Adams  [abridged].