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Cats and kittens in
need of a little care
Lucky moggy: Betty Jones is hoping this kitten, abandoned in a barn, will find
a new home at the Cat Care Inc annual Adoptathon.
By RACHEL MACDONALD
IT'S BEEN a hard summer so far
for abandoned cats, with higher
than usual numbers of kittens
and their mothers being dumped.
Betty Jones and Sharon Arps of
Cat Care Inc are gearing up for
the charity's annual Cat and
Kitten Adoptathon on February
16, where they hope to find happy
new homes for the 50 or so felines
currently in their foster care.
Based in Rangiora, Cat Care
was established in 2006 to
cater for the lack of animal wel-
fare organisations in North
Today, its passionate volunteers
work alongside the SPCA and the
Cats Protection League in
Canterbury to educate cat owners
on the importance of desexing,
vaccinating and microchipping
their pets, and also feeding
People need to remember that
a female cat can come into heat
for the first time at about 16
weeks and can have three litters
That's a lot of kittens, and
that's where desexing is so
important,'' Sharon said.
We are happy to offer advice,
and the Cats Protection League
heavily subsidises the procedure
for anyone holding a Community
You don't have to go into
Christchurch, either -- Vetlife in
Blackett St and West Vets on the
Oxford Rd have been amazingly
supportive and are happy to
look after your cat as part of
Cat Care also runs a lost and
found service through the organis-
ation's website; and a trap, neuter
and release programme in an
effort to reduce the numbers of
unwanted kittens in the region.
It's all done on the smell of
an oily rag, with sausage sizzles
providing the charity's main
source of income.
We're always particularly des-
perate for cat food -- we have a lot
of mouths to feed.''
The Adoptathon is scheduled for
February 16, from 10am till 2pm,
in the Methodist Church Hall,
King St, Rangiora.
Prospective new parents'' can
come along, view the cats and
kittens, and make their choice.
Last year all the animals
needing a new family were suc-
Entry is free, but there is an
adoption fee, which covers the cost
of every cat or kitten having been
desexed, vaccinated, treated for
fleas and worms, and checked
over by a vet.
It is the easiest way in the
world to take home a lovely new
pet, with all the hard work
already done,'' Sharon said.
To find out more about Cat Care
Inc or to help with cat food, you can
call Sharon on 03 313 3851 or
Betty on 03 313 4521, or visit:
may go online
By CATE BROUGHTON
WAIMAKARIRI DOG owners
may get a new online tool to help
them find their wayward pets.
The Waimakariri District Coun-
cil's database with information
about what dogs have been found
and kept at the pound could be
made public, enabling owners to
quickly find their lost pet.
The database is currently acces-
sed through council staff during
business hours, Monday to Friday.
Senior animal control officer
Chris Goldsmith says making the
information public, as the Ashbur-
ton District Council has done
recently, was being considered.
About 400 dogs are brought into
the pound for temporary housing
Pound staff also act as a match-
making service, finding homes for
abandoned dogs and new owners.
While the council is bound to
keep uncollected animals for
seven days, it is able to keep
them for up to a month, if no one
Finding a new home for dogs
that are not collected can be a
challenge, but is easier for
smaller, well-socialised dogs,
Mr Goldsmith said.
When the Northern Outlook
visited the pound on Thursday,
there were six dogs, but three of
their owners had arranged to col-
Owners of dogs with up-to-date
registration are phoned immedi-
ately -- and the job is relatively
However, some detective work
was often involved in tracking
down an owner to come and take
responsibility for their dog, Mr
Often registrations have lapsed,
and sometimes the dog has been
in the care of several other people
But the last recorded owner will
be contacted and asked to take
Owners of unregistered dogs
were required to pay the regis-
tration fee before taking their dog
from the pound.
Some owners did not know what
their dog was capable of and did
not have adequate fencing, Mr
So if you want to contain your
dog you need a good fence -- and
desexing them will also help pre-
vent them escaping.''
to the world
Proud parents Michal and Charlotte
Dyndul are pleased to announce the
safe arrival of Emma Maria and Mya
Robyn Dyndul, on November 9, 2012.
A huge thank you to midwife, Jackie
Snowden, and all the wonderful staff
at Christchurch Women's.
Darren and Nideen Kerr, along with
big sister, Siobhan, are thrilled to
announce the arrivial of India Grace
Kerr, born on Monday, November 26,
2012, weighing 6lb 7oz. Special
thanks to staff at Burwood Hospital,
and midwives Jo and Kelly.
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