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Long summer means more kittens

SARAH ROBERTS
Last updated 05:00 28/05/2014
Nurses and kittens
Sarah Roberts

PRECIOUS BUNDLES: Town and Country Veterinary Services Chelsea Woodbridge, Charleen Baker and Tania Farley with some abandoned kittens. The two are in need of loving homes.

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A huge influx of unwanted kittens is prompting vets to take action by cutting the cost of desexing cats.

Drury's Town and Country Veterinary Services has had an overwhelming number of kittens needing homes this year, vet Paula Brocklehurst says.

"The problem really hit home when a client dropped off a kitten she saw thrown out of a car window," Dr Brocklehurst says.

With recent warmer weather and cats not being speyed, the breeding season has been running longer.

"We usually have lots of kittens coming in around spring and just before Christmas.

"Now we are even getting winter kittens needing homes," she says.

The clinic caters to rural areas where wild cats living in the fields need desexing, she says.

The clinic is dropping the price of desexing a kitten to half of the normal cost throughout June in support of an SPCA campaign,

"We are passionate about cats, however, only with responsible ownership and management of the cat population people, wildlife and cats can all live in harmony," Brocklehurst says.

Staff and volunteers will be offering their time to help with operations during the campaign. Boehringer, a pharmaceutical company, is supplying pain relief.

Town and Country vets will charge a discounted rate of $52.50 for a female and $31 for a male to be desexed during June.

"It's a great time to get cats desexed. We can do kittens from the age of three months old. Cats can have babies from six months old," Brocklehurst says.

All owners who get their cats desexed with the clinic will go in the draw to win a family pass to Tiritiri Matangi Wildlife Sanctuary.

And $5 for each cat desexed will go towards a charity of the client's choice - Glenfern Sanctuary, Outreach Therapy Pets or South Auckland Colony and Cat Rescue.

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off is offered for nearby areas.

Call 294 8779 for more information or to make a booking.

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