SPCA shocked by dumped box kit­tens

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Open­ing boxes of gifts at Christ­mas is a joy but that wasn’t so when the South Waikato SPCA opened one out­side its shel­ter.

The card­board box was filled with nine cat flu and flea rid­dled kit­tens and a thin mother who had been dumped in the pour­ing rain and ob­scured in long grass.

Cen­tre man­ager Na­dine Steele said due to the weather it was one of the worst cases she had come across. Ul­ti­mately some didn’t make it.

‘‘Two kit­tens were spot­ted by a vol­un­teer’s par­ent so we went out and had a good look around,’’ she said.

‘‘They ranged in age from new born to five weeks old and they were not vis­i­ble, they were hid­den in the long grass, so it was not a case of here is a box of cats at your front gate. Due to the age dif­fer­ences I sus­pect there were orig­i­nally more mother cats too but only the one stuck around to take care of them all.’’

‘‘It was a con­scious de­ci­sion for some­one to leave them there dur­ing the crap­pi­est day we’d had in weeks and the most hor­ren­dous part was just how cold and wet they were, they were soaked to the skin and ab­so­lutely frozen,’’ she said.

Steele said the SPCA took them in to try and save them.

‘‘Usu­ally when you put a hair dryer on a cat they don’t love it but these guys were just all about get me dry, get me warm,’’ she said.

She said there was no need for the kit­tens to have been dumped.

‘‘At any point this per­son could have rung and said hey I don’t know what to do and we would have been happy to give in­for­ma­tion and share our knowl­edge so they could have man­aged,’’ she said.

‘‘I can’t even guar­an­tee all the kit­tens were there and per­haps some of the other moth­ers have gone off and are re­pop­u­lat­ing. This is how cats be­come feral which then cre­ates an on­go­ing is­sue for the com­mu­nity.’’

She said the SPCA can not al­ways take in un­wanted cats but it does of­fer other op­tions.

‘‘If we have room to take them we do but we ask for a sur­ren­der fee and if you can’t af­ford that we ask for a cou­ple of tins of food so peo­ple are tak­ing some sort of re­spon­si­bil­ity,’’ she said.

‘‘We can also of­fer food to help peo­ple foster in their own homes.’’

Steele pleaded with own­ers to get their cats de­sexed to pre­vent fur­ther cases from hap­pen­ing.

Do­na­tions can be made into bank ac­count 06-0409-0052690-00.

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