Queenstown Cat Rescue trustee Ruth de Reus with Eddie, a
5-month-old cat adopted on Saturday during the trust's
Kitten Adoption Day. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Seven families welcomed new additions last weekend, after
the second Kitten Adoption Day for the year, run by the
Queenstown Cat Rescue Trust.
Trustee Ruth de Reus said it was the first year the trust had
held the adoption day, which had previously been run in
conjunction with a vet.
''By doing that [running it through a vet] we don't have as
''By having it ourselves we can give out the information
about their history and eating.
''This was our second one for the season ... but it worked
and two a year would be more than adequate,'' Ms de Reus
About 90% of the kittens adopted out had been reported by
residents or neighbours as strays on a property, she said.
If the mother was a stray, the trust uplifted and attempted
to socialise it with a view to eventually rehoming the cat.
If it couldn't be tamed, the cat was desexed and rereleased,
''We ran a desexing campaign in September-October - that's
definitely made a big difference.
''We had 59 cats in Cromwell [that were desexed] ... As a
result of that, there are very few kittens in Cromwell now.''
The remainder of the kittens and cats received by the trust
came from people who wanted to ''relinquish'' their pet after
realising ''it's not as easy as they'd thought''.