Fundraising for the overlooked moggies
Two years on from opening its doors, Kitschy Cat Fundraising shop is caring for animals with sales of everything from retro collectables to spirit essences for moggies rattled by fireworks.
The rescue work of the Whangamata¯ Cat Team Cat Adoption Team began almost five years ago and was funded by founder Victoria Cordery. To date the group has neutered 134 cats and says there is no reason why any cat should breed.
“People often say to me you must really love cats! And the answer to that is always that I believe all the CAT Team have a real compassion for all animals. You’ll always find a dog ranger in communities, you’ll also find assistance against acts of cruelty, but stray cats that are often just lost pets are all too often overlooked.”
Victoria says the group is an environmentally focused team that does rescue work, neutering assistance and education to pet owners about their responsibility to their pets.
“New Zealand has one of the highest pet populations, and with this comes overpopulation from those who are not aware of the serious issues in rescue shelters, nor the heinous amount of dumped and abandoned kittens during peak kitten season.
“There is absolutely no reason to let your cat breed,” says Victoria. “The best pet is a neutered and microchipped one. This also includes male cats, which is just as important, as a neutered pet is far healthier, will live longer and will not have all the annoying behavioral breeding issues such as territory spraying, fighting and howling in the night.
“One of the most common responses I hear is ‘we will only let her have one litter, as the children would love to have kittens. Our suggestion is open your home to foster kittens from an already struggling shelter.
Victoria started her Kitschy Cat shop to help support her charitable work and volunteer staff are ready for Christmas gift shoppers or anyone looking for something a bit different.
“If you haven’t already, come and visit us and feel for yourself the nostalgia. No one in the team is paid, which makes us genuine advocates who work from the heart. We have a stunning array of new and used, and one-off upcycled furniture, art and collectables.
“We are a New Zealand stockist for the Jackson Galaxy range of Spirit Essences for cats and dogs, one in particular, Nervous Nelly, is recommended for times of high anxiety stress such as firework season and we sell this at no profit to calm our local pets.”
The Kitschy Cat Fundraising shop is still going strong after opening two years ago.