SPCA in­vites Woodville to adopt cats

Bush Telegraph - - Love Pets - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

“Why would you want to bring cats to Woodville for adop­tion when the town has such a feral cat prob­lem?” That ques­tion was put to Welling­ton SPCA an­i­mal ser­vices man­ager Nick Tay­lor when he brought 10 cats up from the city for pos­si­ble adop­tion on Satur­day, May 26.

He an­swered from two per­spec­tives. From a Woodville point of view he ad­mit­ted Woodville like most towns has a feral cat prob­lem and there is no easy an­swer to the prob­lem but said in­tro­duc­ing de-sexed, vac­ci­nated and mi­crochipped do­mes­ti­cated cats into the pop­u­la­tion helps sta­bilise cat pop­u­la­tion growth.

From the SPCA point of view his or­gan­i­sa­tion deals with hun­dreds of do­mes­ti­cated cats need­ing a home and it is very dif­fi­cult to find homes for them all in towns where there are SPCA cen­tres. The an­swer, he said, was to bring some out to small towns like Woodville in the hope some­one would like a fe­line com­pan­ion.

Since SPCA re­gional cen­tres joined the na­tional body, there has been much more move­ment of cats to other towns. Master­ton has sent 450 cats about the south­ern North Is­land in the last six months.

Laura Phillips, Dan­nevirke SPCA an­i­mal in­spec­tor, says a num­ber of the cats cared for at Dan­nevirke are al­most long-term res­i­dents and there is a chance some might be adopted in other towns.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to find them lov­ing homes,” she said.

She also ad­vised a sub­sidised cat de­sex­ing cam­paign is set to start in early July (2-13). Book­ings can be made at Dan­nevirke Vet Ser­vices or Tararua Vet Ser­vices from June 18.

And the good news — one cat called Mrs Poppy was adopted by a young cou­ple.

Welling­ton SPCA an­i­mal ser­vices man­ager Nick Tay­lor with Peaches and Treetrunks.

SPCA vol­un­teer Sue Ladd plays with Rustin, Trevor and Felix.

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