Fling survives car l
Fling the kitten has had a traumatic start to life.
The seven-week-old was thrown from a car outside Mary Mackillop School in Mangere on December 6.
Fortunately she wasn’t hurt and was picked up and taken to the Auckland SPCA.
Fling is being fostered by an SPCA staff member until she is old enough to be spayed and will soon be ready for adoption.
The playful kitten was named Fling by an SPCA volunteer who thought the name was suitable considering her ordeal.
Volunteer coordinator James Fitzroy says the grey tortoiseshell is one of many abused and unwanted animals that arrive at the SPCA, especially at this time of year.
He is pleading with the community to help the SPCA in any way they can, including fostering or adopting an animal or by donating money to assist with the everyday running of the Mangere shelter.
Mr Fitzroy has also reminded people to ensure their pets are cared for if they go away over the Christmas hoildays.
“Ask a neighbour to feed your pet or better still get a housesitter or take them to a boarding kennel or cattery,” he says.
Auckland SPCA chief executive Bob Kerridge has also issued a stern warning to people who leave their dogs unattended in hot cars.
“There is a distinct probability that many dogs will suffer, some will even die, if left in a car for even a short period of time during the hot summer months,” Mr Kerridge says.
“We have to consider their safety and if prosecution is necessary to teach the public the perils of leaving dogs in hot cars then so be it.”
If SPCA inspectors are called to a car where a dog is inside and can’t find the driver, they will smash a window to save the animal’s life.
“The temptation to include the family dog in outings is understandable.
“But people must be made aware that such ‘acts of kindness’ can be a death warrant for the animal if the car is used for confinement,” he says.
Adopt me: Abandoned kitten Fling needs a home.