Kit­tens flood­ing SPCA

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO / MICHAEL CUN­NING­HAM

SPCA an­i­mal at­ten­dant and vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Viv Webb with Zorro, which a boy saved from a brutal death.

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