Hunt for purrfect homes
Seven lovable cats in Mt Eden desperately need to find a home.
They go by the names of Smokey, Oliver, Grace, Oreo, Leila, Pipi and Sheba and each has a different story to tell.
The cats are being looked after by Lonely Miaow volunteer Nicky Johnson, who needs to find new owners to care for them.
Mrs Johnson is holding an open day this Sunday and encourages people looking for a cat to come along.
“Cats are just such neat animals and I feel so sorry for the ones where somewhere along the way, something has gone drastically wrong for them,” she says.
“We want to find the best possible homes for them.”
The Lonely Miaow is a nonprofi volunteer organisation dedicated to looking after stray cats and finding homes for them.
Volunteers like Mrs Johnson take care of the cats until new owners can be found.
They also take on a range of different roles such as administration, fundraising and publicity.
Mrs Johnson has been fostering cats for three years.
She looks after adult cats in a garage at her Mt Eden home and has from five to seven cats at any time.
She tends to take on cats who have special needs or have suffered some sort of mistreatment or illness.
They include Grace, a white female who needs daily sunblock for her fair skin to avoid cancer, Pipi, a dark tortoiseshell who is 10 years old and Oreo, a black and white cat recently found in Mt Eden.
Mrs Johnson encourages people to give the older cats a chance. “We want to find people who will give them that forever home,” she says.
Potential adopters need to be committed to looking after a cat for their lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
They should also be able to pay the cost of good food and vet fees and ideally have no other cats at home.
The cost of adopting is between $35 and $50 as a donation to Lonely Miaow.
Bring along a sturdy metal cage if you intend to adopt.
The open day will be held from 11am to 4pm at 58 Burnley Tce, Mt Eden.
For more information, visit www.lonelymiaow.co.nz or call 575-9760.
Help me: Lonely Miaow volunteer Nicky Johnson with Leila, one of the cats she fosters at her Mt Eden home. She is having an open day this weekend to find homes for cats like Leila.