Hunt for purrfect homes

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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.

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