Fundrais­ing for the over­looked mog­gies

Coastal News - - News - By ALI­SON SMITH news@coastal­news.co.nz

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.”

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The Kitschy Cat Fundrais­ing shop is still go­ing strong af­ter open­ing two years ago.

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