Telling times as cats left be­hind

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

A wor­ry­ing trend of cats be­ing aban­doned by their own­ers is gain­ing mo­men­tum in South Waikato.

‘‘It is a huge prob­lem,’’ South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son said.

‘‘We are get­ting more and more com­plaints from peo­ple say­ing their neigh­bours had moved and left their cats be­hind, and most of those cats have not been de­sexed. So that means there will be many kit­tens.’’

The in­crease in fe­line aban­don­ment is a sign of the times, Mrs Hutchin­son said.

‘‘ This is hap­pen­ing be­cause times are hard at the mo­ment, it is eco­nom­ics.’’

The shel­ter is feel­ing the af­fects of in­creased aban­don­ment and is at full ca­pac­ity.

‘‘ I don’t think we have been un­der 35 cats this year. It has been re­ally hard but ev­ery­one is suf­fer­ing this year; the food­banks are find­ing it hard to feed peo­ple and we are find­ing it hard to feed an­i­mals.’’

An on­go­ing is­sue in­volved own­ers not de­sex­ing their an­i­mals.

‘‘That adds to the prob­lem of aban­don­ment when the an­i­mals are not de­sexed,’’ Mrs Hutchin­son said.

ABAN­DONED: South Waikato SPCA shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son has seen an in­crease in South Waikato pet own­ers aban­don­ing their cats.

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