Bracing for peak kitten at Waikato SPCA
The kitten season is upon us and it's expected a large number will require help from the Waikato SPCA.
A least 3000 animals get help from the Hamilton-based SPCA help each year and staff are preparing for their busiest season yet.
"Traditionally kitten season would run from about November up until March, but now the SPCA can start receiving litters of kittens as early as September and as late as June," chief executive Andrea Midgen said.
The SPCA needs donations to help buy cat cages to be used in the quarantine units, isolation wards and communal adoption areas.
Each cage costs approximately $1400.
"These cages will play a big part in helping to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the hundreds of unwanted kittens and cats the SPCA is predicting this summer," Midgen said.
SPCA Waikato hopes to purchase 38 cages.
Each will provide an isolation unit to avoid cross-contamination of disease.
Most of the stray cats the SPCA takes in have cat flu, which is extremely contagious.
"We are desperately reaching out to the people of Waikato to help support the SPCA so we, in turn, can provide for our region and the animals that need us.
"A donation of just $25 will help make sure we can do our very best for the animals this summer."
Anyone who wants to donate can do so here.