Cat Protection began in 1958, as a small group of people dedicated to reducing the number of stray cats by desexing and finding loving and responsible homes for street cats.
Our vision remains the same – that every cat has a loving and responsible home – but we now offer a range of feline care services from our purpose-designed, no-kill shelter in Newtown.
We are an independent charity operating only in NSW.
We’re not a subsidiary of any other organisation and we don’t have branches.
Structured as an association under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act, with a Board (committee) elected by the membership, our independently audited accounts are submitted to our AGM and the Director-General of Fair Trading each year.
We’re endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient which means you can claim donations $2 and over as tax deductions – you can check our status on ABN Lookup www.abr.business.gov.au – our ABN is 81 610 951 615.
Cat Protection quick facts:
All Board members volunteer their time and skills and receive no remuneration
President – Ms Kaye Isbister
Vice President – Mrs Nita Harvey
Nita became a Life Member of Cat Protection in the 1980s and began volunteering in 1996, after retiring from her role as office manager for a major health fund. She was appointed Treasurer in 1998 and also served as president from 2004 to November 2007.
Director – Mrs Angelika Elliott
Angelika was born in Austria and studied design in Vienna, later moving to London where she volunteered for Cats Protection UK. She moved to Australia in 1984 and has volunteered for Cat Protection for more than 20 years. She runs her own French antique import business.
Director – Ms Petra Dobrijevic
Petra holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology from UNSW. She has worked extensively in the tertiary education sector as a lecturer, tutor and researcher. She has also worked as a policy adviser in a variety of state and federal government departments. Her public sector experience also includes work as a senior training consultant, research officer and manager. She is an active supporter of Cat Protection and has hands-on experience in feline welfare.
Director – Ms Grace Tam
Michael is an actuarial and data analyst who is currently the Head of Operational Analytics in Banking and Financial Services at Macquarie Bank. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie
CEO – Ms Kristina Vesk OAM
CEO since late 2006, Kristina has a BA in Social Science and her career has focused on public policy, public affairs and media, in the government and not-for-profit sectors. For 10 years she served as a layperson on the human research ethics committee of a Sydney teaching hospital. She is responsible for the overall management of Cat Protection, and she reports to the Board.
Feline Services Manager – Ms Nerida Atkin
Nerida has more than 20 years experience working with animals, and joined Cat Protection in 2004. She is a qualified vet nurse, with a Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare and an ISFM Certificate in Feline Friendly Nursing.