Kit­tens need foster homes

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Can you look after a sick cat for a cou­ple of weeks?

SPCA Auck­land des­per­ately needs short-term foster homes and lots of them, fast.

Thou­sands of cats and kit­tens are res­cued, found, or ac­cepted by SPCA Auck­land each year but not all of them are ready for adop­tion straight away so the or­gan­i­sa­tion sends them out to foster homes for short pe­ri­ods of time to re­cover from ill­ness, re­gain strength or gain weight.

The re­sult: SPCA Auck­land needs be­tween 10 and 15 new foster homes for cats and kit­tens ev­ery day.

‘‘It’s a huge tar­get and we of­ten don’t quite get there,’’ SPCA Auck­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Christine Kalin says.

‘‘Of­ten we fall short by be­tween five and eight foster homes per day and that fig­ure gets worse dur­ing Easter and school hol­i­days be­cause many of our loyal foster fam­i­lies go away on hol­i­day them­selves.

‘‘So we need car­ing Auck­lan­ders to put their hands up and vol­un­teer to look after cats and kit­tens who need a bit of love and at­ten­tion to get back on their feet again.

‘‘Fos­ter­ing is an in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; you’re es­sen­tially ex­tend­ing a life­line to a liv­ing crea­ture and giv­ing it the chance of a new life. Many peo­ple find it be­comes a good habit that they don’t want to break, a tan­gi­ble way to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.’’

To foster cats and kit­tens in your home you will need a small room iso­lated from any other pets (a laun­dry or spare bed­room are ideal), some spare time and a lov­ing heart.

SPCA Auck­land pro­vides all the food, lit­ter, lit­ter trays, bed­ding, toys, med­i­ca­tion train­ing and sup­port you’ll need, although you will have to trans­port the an­i­mals to and from SPCA Auck­land your­self.

The min­i­mum fos­ter­ing pe­riod is two weeks but it can take as long as six weeks or longer for cats and kit­tens to be com­pletely ready for adop­tion.

Kit­tens are fos­tered out in pairs or up to a max­i­mum of six and may be with or with­out their mum.

To foster a cat or kit­ten, con­tact foster co-or­di­na­tors Sa­man­tha Cra­mond or Lorna Crouth on 256 2525 or email fos­ter­ing@spca.org.nz.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form, go to spca.org.nz/ GetIn­volved/fos­ter­ing.aspx.

Des­per­ate need: Wil­low is a 3-month-old fe­male tor­toise­shell who has cat flu and needs a foster home while she is treated. Once bet­ter, Wil­low will be put up for adop­tion.

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