Cats-full sign goes up at SPCA

South Waikato SPCA’s Lorna Hutchin­son said stray cats are a com­mu­nity prob­lem – not an SPCA prob­lem. Pet­rice Tar­rant re­ports.

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Lack of funds is caus­ing the South Waikato SPCA to con­done the shoot­ing of stray cats.

Me­gan Keen was shocked and hor­ri­fied when she rang the lo­cal an­i­mal shel­ter for ad­vice on what to do with 12 wild strays run­ning around her property.

Keen was told she had three op­tions: Do noth­ing, take them to the vets to get eu­thanised, or take them to a farm to get shot ‘hu­manely’.

‘‘ I got off the phone and thought, ‘did that re­ally hap­pen’?’’

She said she was ex­pect­ing the SPCA to take the kit­tens at least, and re-home them.

But cen­tre man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son said they can’t do the im­pos­si­ble. ‘‘ When people say ‘we’ve got cats and we tell them we’ve got no more space then they get cross.’’

But the only people who con­sider stray cats pests are the ones call­ing up, she said. ‘‘ Ev­ery­one thinks the SPCA should take care of stray cats, but there’s no cru­elty in be­ing a stray cat.’’

Hutchin­son said people seem to pre­fer eu­thani­sa­tion by a vet over ‘‘hu­manely’’ shoot­ing cats, but at $15 a pop, some­one has to foot the bill. ‘‘People say ‘well I can’t af­ford that’, but we can’t ei­ther.’’

She said the money has to come from some­where – SWSPCA’s en­tire in­come is fundraised.

‘‘If the [South Waikato District Coun­cil] would get on board and work with us with some fund­ing we could man­age the stray and feral pop­u­la­tion a lot bet­ter.’’

They are a com­mu­nity prob­lem, not an SPCA prob­lem, she said.

Toko­roa SPCA can house up to 70 cats and kit­tens and is now at full ca­pac­ity.

If people are un­happy with the ser­vice they need to dig deeper into their own pock­ets or start lob- by­ing the lo­cal coun­cil to work with the SPCA, Hutchin­son said.

How­ever coun­cil’s reg­u­la­tory group man­ager Sharon Robin­son said they have never re­ceived a for­mal sub­mis­sion for fund­ing from the SPCA.

‘‘ The SPCA can sub­mit on Coun­cil’s An­nual Plan for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

‘‘This would be dis­cussed and de­lib­er­ated on by coun­cil as part of the An­nual Plan­ning process.’’

Hutchin­son said coun­cils are not legally re­quired to deal with cats though.

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