Dunedin Cat Rescue director Sarah Davey cuddles her rescued
cats Mushroom (left) and Gumbo yesterday. Photo by Stephen
Christmas can be a catastrophic time for cats.
Many were abandoned when owners went on holiday, or
sacrificed as finances were stretched, Dunedin Cat Rescue
director Sarah Davey said.
She expected dozens of cats and kittens to be neglected,
abused or dumped in Dunedin in the coming weeks.
''It's a mixture of it being kitten season and people going
away and leaving their cats without someone to feed and love
them, or just dumping them.
"At Christmas time, everyone's under financial stress, so a
lot try to get rid of their cats because they don't want to
spend money on them or can't afford to keep them.''
Dunedin Cat Rescue's foster programme was already at capacity
and she urged cat owners to be more responsible and think
twice about their feline friends.
''At the moment, we've got 33 cats with us and all our
fosterers are at full capacity; there's not one that's free
to take more cats or kittens.''
Three 8-week-old kittens rescued on Monday night were the
latest additions to Ms Davey's household.
She had adopted four rescued cats since starting the
incorporated society in November last year. In that time, the
group had rescued about 200 cats.
Dunedin Cat Rescue was to become a charitable organisation,
but until then it relied on community donations. ''We can
only do as much as what we get in support, so we really
encourage people to care for their pets and use us as a last
resort before euthanasia,'' she said.
Rescued cats and kittens were fostered until they were
healthy and sociable enough to be put up for adoption.
Ms Davey said Dunedin Cat Rescue, which she ran with the help
of Rach Bond and Rachel Moth, had a good relationship with
the Otago SPCA, although the organisations were separate.
She could be contacted, about cats and kittens abandoned or
for surrender, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).