Welcome to the ACL

Welcome to the website of the Australian Cat Ladies.

We believe in family values – like hard work, marriage equality, and lots of tummy rubs.

Please feel free to apply for membership, or contact us via our contact page.

“Meow meow, meow MEOW meow meow MEOOOOOW purrrrrrr”

– A statement from one of our founding felines on the importance of the ACL.


189 thoughts on “Welcome to the ACL

  1. As a cat-lover, I approve. 🙂
    “We believe in family values – like hard work, marriage equality, and lots of tummy rubs.” — this is a movement I heartily endorse.

  2. ben winter says:

    I feel like you are ignoring the important issues here. Abortion, gay marriage and cat neutering as they all contradict the word of God.

  3. irate says:

    I am very disappointed at this URL camping. Why must you try to censor how we express our values? I am not aware of us trying to suppress your (or anyone else’s) views…
    I cannot speak on behalf of others, but I will show god’s benevolence by turning the other cheek. (As negative behaviour will only add further fuel to the fire). I pray for every one of you — this may not mean anything to any of you; but I feel it should be known so you can understand and appreciate the full extent of my tolerance in this matter.
    When you attack our Christian group, you attack the fundamental ideals we have been taught all our lives. What have you to say about that? If I should listen to what you have to say, why is what I’ve learnt any different from your ‘teaching’?

    • simon666 says:

      Hi Irate. This doesn’t censor or suppress you. Why are you right-wing Christians always so breathtakingly dishonest? Why do you constantly put yourself in god-like positions such as “turning the other cheek”? Why do you people speak of “fundamental ideals” when you do nothing – let’s say it again, nothing – about the tsunami of child abuse amongst your church leadership? Anyway, this is a site about cats, not about your fringe group

    • Fishface says:

      Um, I don’t think you have entirely understood the concept of “turning the other cheek”.

      I also dont think you understand that what Christ actually taught WAS about overturning fundamental ideals people had been learning all their lives – precepts that valued pointless “rules” over actual tolerance and loving and giving.

      If Christ were alive today he’d be proud of the Australian Cat Ladies – and he’d be overturning the tables set up in his temples by the so called “Christian” Lobby that values meaningless invented “rules” about “marriage” that are used to justfiy bigotry and bear no resemblance to anything Christ actually said, did or taught.

      And if you were alive when Christ was, you’d be muttering in the corner with the Pharisees about the destruction of old school values, and sneering at the man who spent his time with prostitutes and beggars. Because that’s what you’re doing now.

      • Simon Vincent says:

        If Christ were alive today he’d be locked up as a loony, along with all the impostors in the Jerusalem Hospital ward claiming to be a messiah. Cats have value. I believe in cats.

      • jm killman says:

        Brilliant & spot on response! I am a believer in & follower of Christ ( I hesitate to say Christian anymore because so many are an embarrassment) and I just want to treat people with respect and love, help them if I can, & hope others will do the same. Oh, & I’m really a dog girl, but kittehs are sweet too. (=

      • God says:

        HOW DARE YOU FISH FACE??? Do NOT question thy feline in my presence … I shall smite you with the furball of doom!

      • Just a little point ( I absolutely lvoe this page – love that the Christian Lobby is being lampooned – I am a Christian but am not represented by those right wing nbutters…anyway, back ot my little point) Jesus is alive today.

    • I saw no attack… I see no malice….. I see humor…. I am sure there are christians who own kittehs (or are owned by kittehs) If you are so concerned maybe you should have helped the acl pay for their domain before the ACL claimed it.

    • Get over it Irate… If you had paid the dues on the Domain it would not be a problem. Snooze and looze !!! I believe Simon and Fishface said it eloquently. Now go sit on the other cheek for a while 🙂

    • irate says:

      Okay; I am willing to listen. The new ownership of this domain makes it hard to otherwise ignore… so what is your message? That Christian groups suck? Fishface talks about overturning fundamental ideals. If this is a fair point, how can we gauge what the correct ideals to overturn are? I have heard that some people say that the argument for wearing clothes of wool and linen woven together indicates that beliefs move onward (and so should we). I respect lines of reasoning that can be referenced in the bible.
      How low do we go next? Do we accept that pedophiles are ordinary people with a mental disorder and need to be treated as humans? I hear many opponents of Catholicism throw around the word ‘pedophile’ into every second sentence. I really hate having to mention that word; but I hope you get the gist.
      Are you really talking about being progressive, or is this a rally against the Christian institution?
      I am really trying to keep an open mind, but all I hear are attacks on my faith. Isn’t that just as ‘narrow-minded’ as you accuse us of being?

      • Sarah says:

        Did you just compare a homosexual person to a pedophile? Wow. Just wow. Believe in what you want and feel free to live by your beliefs. Everyone should have the right to do so. Your religion should not legally dictate the rights of non-religious people.

      • If your faith is so easily shaken then maybe you need to look inward not outward. So far I have not seen any attacks against Christian beliefs but rather people of faith quoting from the same tome that you yourself hold in deep respect.

      • sapperbloggs says:

        Hi Irate,

        A lot of people have a lot of reasons to attack your faith. Mainly because a lot adherents to your faith use that faith as an excuse to justify their own petty prejudices. Your holy book is used, by some, as an excuse to discriminate against people because of the way they were born. When it’s used in such a manner it becomes fair game.

        While people are attacking your faith (not YOU, but your belief), nobody is saying your faith should be banned, or that people of your faith should be denied rights because of the religion they chose. That would be a terrible injustice.

        Personally, I don’t care what/how/who you worship. You are free to believe whatever nonsense you want. BUT… that doesn’t give you the right to impose that nonsense onto other people, regardless of how much you think it’s true. Gay people aren’t telling you that you can’t be Christian, so stop telling gay people that they are somehow flawed, or that they cannot have the same rights that you expect for yourself.

      • Fishface says:

        Seriously, mate, have you read the New Testament (or even properly read my post)? The ideals to questions are the type that Christ disrupted, the ones that place blind acquiescence in a law that has no substance or no further relevance. The so-called “Christian” lobby’s objection to homosexuality has no rational basis and no place in his or any other society. It’s pure bigotry. It serves no purpose beyond “But God *said* so!!” – something Christ himself particularly scorned.

        I hate to use Wikipedia as a reference, but this paragraph sums it up rather well:

        “According to some interpretations, an important binary in the New Testament is a perceived opposition between Divine Law and Divine Love, for example see Law and Gospel. Accordingly, the New Testament, particularly the Synoptic Gospels, presents especially the leadership of the Pharisees as obsessed with man-made rules (especially concerning purity) whereas Jesus is more concerned with God’s love; the Pharisees scorn sinners whereas Jesus seeks them out. (The Gospel of John, which is the only gospel where Nicodemus is mentioned, particularly portrays the sect as divided and willing to debate) Because of the New Testament’s frequent depictions of Pharisees as self-righteous rule-followers (see also Woes of the Pharisees and Legalism (theology)), the word “pharisee” (and its derivatives: “pharisaical”, etc.) has come into semi-common usage in English to describe a hypocritical and arrogant person who places the letter of the law above its spirit.”

        THOSE are the ideals to be questioning: the ones that essentially rely on “But God SAID so” rather than having their own merit based on loving and helping and sharing with others.

        And WTF is with the mention of paedophiles? (and frankly, Churches and their culture of omnipotent clerics, obedience and unquestionable “faith” have done more to enable paederasty than any secular philosophy ever has). There is no equivalence, ever, between a union of two consenting adults, and the exploitation by one adult of a child, who by definition lacks the capacity to give that consent. Sometimes I wonder if certain Christians desperately cling to that totally false analogy because they need to believe that all those children their leaders raped must have not only consented to it, but provoked it. There is no argument same-sex marriage that genuinely holds water. None. And I think if Christ returned today, he’d be on the side of love, as he always did, not law for the sake of it.

      • You seem to have a real hard time figuring out right and wrong on your own, Irate. This probably stems from your childhood indoctrination into your cult. You see, basing your morality on the arbitrary dicta of capricious gods from ridiculous books of myth is both silly and dangerous. Fortunately, due to the influence of the secular values of the Enlightenment, most modern Christians ignore the parts of their “holy” book that offend their evolved empathy and reason. If this weren’t the case, we’d still be enslaving people and selling our daughters to their rapists.
        You, on the other hand, still dogamtically follow your vile book. That you don’t see the difference between homosexuality and pedophilia indicates to me that you would abide by your bronze age moral code with no regard for the harm your actions may cause. If your god says it’s right, it’s right. If he says it’s wrong, it’s wrong. You understand neither empathy nor the concepts of freedom and consent.
        Let me spell it out for you. Children can’t give informed consent therefore sexual acts with children violate their freedom and do them harm. Therefore they are bad. Consensual homosexual acts between adults harm no one and, even if they did, adults have the right to accept risk. Therefore, they are not bad.
        Your casual disregard of the well-being and happiness of others so you can adhere to the dogma of a myth that is unsupported by any evidence and clearly nonsensical indicates to me that you are a callous, awful and stupid person.

    • sapperbloggs says:

      Hi Irate,

      The irony of your comment is astounding. The ACL has actively campaigned (that backfired spectacularly) against gay safe-sex advertisements because they think that gay people are icky… and you think that THIS is censorship!?

      That same organisation actively lobbies politicians to actively discriminate against people because of the way they were born. You’re not much different to the pro-racial segregation movement from 50 years ago in the US.

      Anyways, this isn’t censorship. This is hilarious.

    • sucked in mole says:

      CAMPING gold…..! lol and last time I checked God is spelt with a capital ‘G’. Good job of turning the other cheek lady I guess that’s why you bothered to post.

    • Rei says:

      Things I’ll “turn the other cheek” on:

      Your horrid spelling and grammar.

      Your faith in a deity.

      You’re right to spew hatred.
      However, why would you want to spew hatred and predjudice?
      God never said homosexuality was wrong.
      Neither did Jesus, nor the Holy Spirit
      No part of the Bible says “Homosexuality is a sin”. Not even cryptically.
      However, everything you just said was.

      I’m a Satanist.
      No, not a Satan Worshipper, as I know you’ll assume.
      But I don’t worship anyone.
      Funny how, as heathenistic as I am, my heart is full of the love that is said to only come from “the Lord”? And that includes equal rights for EVERYONE. Even homos like me.

    • Irate,
      Why don’t you guys show this much outrage or opinion when another pedophile priest makes headlines?? It’s funny how quiet you guys are then! It’s because of behavior like this that I left religion all together and no abhor it! Anyways, I much prefer this ACL… cats & rainbows… what’s there to hate??

    • Alex says:

      With all your multiple postings you have hardly ‘turned the other cheek’ here, Irate. More like presented each side for a spanking again and again and again. I’m starting to think you like it, you kinky bitch you. But hey, that’s totally cool with me. What ever floats your boat dude.

    • nev il-pinto says:

      hey roberta is your house bunny really an indoor bunny>?

      i thought i was the only one who had a toilet trained bunny!

      ps. kitys are my first love tho… im quite fond of cat ladies too

  4. Tacker and I would love to join ACL and receive your newsletter simply because at last it gives us involvement in something which is specfically about Sheba and other cats. Perhaps this will help her to feel less excluded by our daily walks and outings in the car in which she has never been involved. I often think that her rather ‘exclusive’ body language and behaviour is more about that than any innate feline temperament. She does sometimes join us on the couch in the evening and Tacker willingly moves over for her as if he knows that she needs tactful encouragement. He always accepts her overtures to play hide and seek too but knows when to desist from trying to tease her into joining a wrestling match with him.

  5. Enoch Powell says:

    What the fuck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the fuck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my fucking words. You think you can get away with saying that shit to me over the Internet? Think again, fucker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little shit. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your fucking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will shit fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo.

  6. Deipnosophist says:

    Funnily enough the replies that contain the word ‘Love’ (which I understand to be a Christian tenet) are the ones pro-this site and the new tenants. Strange that.

    • Beckory says:

      Don’t worry, cat ladies come in all genders!

      Quoted from the values page of this site:
      “We understand that cat ladies come in all shapes, sizes, genders, sexualities, backgrounds and ethnicities, and encourage ACL membership by anyone who identifies as a cat lady or a cat lady ally.”

  7. Felicia says:

    Love the renovations! Suddenly the room feels warm and furry and inviting! I even feel welcome. Nice job! Miss Kitty says “hi” ^. . ^

  8. Here I was just relaxing on facebook when I was advised of the change of hands for the site. As someone who fully supports marriage equality as well as loves a good tummy rub I’m so happy right now with this change. Thankyou Australian Cat Ladies ❤
    Matt – Proud owner of 3 cats and a definite Cat Man

  9. This thread seems like it could do with yet more cat lady resources!

    Make yourself a cat avatar: http://neutralx0.net/tool/bnmk_e.html
    (Then make a WordPress/Gravatar account corresponding to your e-mail address, at http://en.gravatar.com and upload!)

    The Halloween Roomba shark-cat chasing down a duckling video that is currently doing the rounds of the web:

    There’s also a short animated gif which is awesome!

    And, 30 most influential cats of 2012.

    Purr… =^..^=

  10. Yhana says:

    Like cats? Help cats. And share. Vote here for an awesome animal rescue group.
    (NB: pro-life = against the euthanasia used by most shelters and pounds)


  11. Rei says:

    I’m American and prefer birds over cats, but DAMN SURE approve of this. Without making stabs at the evils of the previous owners, you instead put out a positive message and maybe even a safe haven.

    This LeVayan Satanists ‘faith in humanity is slightly restored ❤

    P.S. Irate, you should be ashamed. I recall your God saying something about punishment to hypocrites and those who pass judgement in his name. Even if you always "turn the other cheek", can't he read the hearts of his children?

  12. Dear ACL, Brilliant what you’ve done here. As a newly minted fan from your USA base, I say keep up the good work, keep spreading the love and in the words of my lovely kitteh Sexie-Lexie, “Mee-WOW”. And to the dog and bunnie lovers of the world, ACL seems to get the fact that love comes in ALL shapes, sizes, colors and creeds. And THAT my friends is what it’s all about. Cheers from California!

  13. Ange says:

    Hilarious!! I just read about this on news.com.au, and in one short description, I realised that you were PURRfectly aligned to my way of thinking. I’d be very grateful if your next step could be to create a Party. In the interests of non-discrimination, if you could allow us crazy dog people into the fold, I’d be most appreciative 🙂

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