Telling times as cats left behind
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.