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The SPCA is looking for homes for more than 150 cats and kittens housed in centres in Invercargill and Gore.
Communication manager Jessie Gilchrist said the numbers needing help increased considerably in summer as female cats could have two or three litters each.
"It has been an incredibly busy summer. Cats and kittens arrive at SPCA unwanted, unloved and sometimes abandoned.
"There have been cases of kittens left in boxes, dumped in parks and, in Christchurch, one was thrown out of a car window."
Adopting a kitten costs $150 and each one is health-checked, desexed, microchipped and up-to-date with vaccinations and worm and flea treatments.
"It puts a strain on our limited resources."
Those who were not in a position to adopt a cat but still wanted to help were welcome to work as volunteers in one of the four SPCA Southland Op Shops.