Cat shelter full to capacity

An influx of abandoned cats and kittens has a West Auckland animal shelter at capacity and it's only going to get worse.

The Henderson shelter currently houses 85 cats and will deal with more than 1000 in the summer months.

"This is our busiest time of the year for cats, and especially kittens, which often arrive by the bag and box loads," Auckland Council animal welfare accommodation services team leader Vicki Whitaker said.

Whitaker said the shelter now had to make "difficult decisions" unless homes can be found for the furry pets.
She said the shelter had a number of "healthy and loveable" animals ready for adoption.

The available cats are de-sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

Cats over six months old are $105 and kittens, $120.

Whitaker said shelters get overrun with cats because people don't de-sex their pets "which can go on to have multiple litters of kittens".

Stray and feral cats were also a danger to native bird species.

Anyone interested in adopting a cat or dog can call Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 or visit

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