Kittens flooding SPCA
Northland’s kitten season has begun and the SPCA is again in need of foster homes over the next few months.
The months from November to March produced a huge influx of queens (mother cats) and SPCA centres quickly reached bursting point, said Francine Shields, area manager for the SPCA in Whanga¯ rei, the Bay of Islands and Kaitaia.
“A foster family provides a temporary home for animals, giving them medicine for an illness, helping them become socialised and used to a home environment,” Shields said.
“Foster families are critical for many animals, as they are given the care they need before being adopted to their forever homes.”
Whanga¯ rei SPCA has several kittens in quarantine before they are ready to be homed or fostered out.
One of them is Zorro, a cute and curious black and white kitten saved from a violent death by a young Whanga¯ rei boy.
The boy had seen the kitten being thrown and kicked around by a group of children and rescued the kitten and took him home. The boy’s mum looked after Zorro for the night but as the family already had cats, they could not keep him so took him to the SPCA.
Zorro won’t be ready for a home for another four or five weeks.
The Whanga¯ rei SPCA centre is also issuing a special call for families to foster adult dogs, some of which were recovering from surgery and would “absolutely thrive” given a stable environment in which to heal. Many puppies, cats and kittens also needed somewhere to go.
“We have a limited amount of space and people in our centres to care for these animals, so we rely on our fantastic fosterers to offer temporary homes for them,” Shields said.
“It’s an incredibly selfless thing to do, as it gives the animal a second chance at life.”
Fostering involves caring for an animal for two to six weeks, at no cost. SPCA supplies all food, medicine, bedding and toys to make the animal comfortable, but foster families need their own transport and be available for veterinary appointments.
“Fostering is a great option for those who can only open their homes on a temporary basis, or if they want to know what it would be like to have a pet live with them,” she said.
SPCA animal attendant and volunteer co-ordinator Viv Webb with Zorro, which a boy saved from a brutal death.