Waikato's SPCA is bursting at the seams after seeing a spike of unwanted pets coming into the shelters in the lead-up to Christmas.
"We are in full swing of kitten season which is expected to carry on until May next year and would greatly appreciate any donations of wet or dry kitten food," manager Catherine Fletcher said.
She said they were also in desperate need of fosterers for kittens and mother cats with kittens.
Ms Fletcher urged people to think long and hard before giving pets as a Christmas gift. "People need to think about the commitment required. Animals are living beings that require food, shelter, exercise and love, just like us."
She said there was no guarantee that people given a dog would be prepared to invest in a kennel or fencing their property, or have the time to exercise a pet. They might also not bond with the particular dog chosen.
Ms Fletcher appealed to people with unwanted pets or strays to exhaust every avenue before asking the SPCA for help. "We are focused on sick and injured animals and often do not have room for anything else."
She suggested asking friends, family or neighbours, or advertising on petsonthenet.co.nz, first.
The SPCA is gearing up for its annual Christmas influx and wants urgent donations of food and foster families for cats, kittens and dogs.
Donations can be dropped off at 219 Ellis St, Frankton, 10am-4pm Monday to Sunday.
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