Kitty fixer ap­peal in Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

A Toko­roa man will be join­ing other vol­un­teers around the coun­try rais­ing money for a free de­sex­ing pro­gram for cats.

Mark Stout will be at Count­down Toko­roa on June 13 to 17 from 10am to 5pm in a month long ap­peal for Kit­ty­cat Fix­ers.

The Waikato co-or­di­na­tor said this is the fourth year the na­tional char­ity has been fundrais­ing.

‘‘There are so many cats that aren’t de­sexed and as a re­sult there off­spring end up go­ing to the shel­ters and the shel­ters be­come full and they to re­home all the cats but they can’t.

‘‘But some have to be put to sleep. The shel­ters be­come full and it’s not funny.’’

Money raised dur­ing the June ap­peal will be dis­trib­uted on a case by case ba­sis Stout said.

Stout owns two cats and un­der­stands the strug­gle peo­ple go through to get their pets de­sexed be­cause of the ex­pense.

‘‘This is our big­gest an­nual col­lec­tion ap­peal pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to help peo­ple that gen­uinely can­not af­ford to do this them­selves.’’

The aim of Kit­ty­cat Fix­ers is to re­duce the amount of stray cats and kit­tens, hu­manely.

Since 2011 a to­tal of 1153 cats have been de­sexed.

Stout said this may seem like a small num­ber but the ‘‘over­all pic­ture shows the true ben­e­fits of this.’’

‘‘We have saved so many cats from be­ing born to a life of mis­ery, ne­glect and death.

‘‘We rely solely on do­na­tions from the pub­lic to con­tinue do­ing this.

Do­na­tions can also be made on­line at kit­ty­cat­fix­ers.org.nz

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