Cat Rescue Wānaka is in need of purr-fect volunteers to help foster the homeless cats of the Upper Clutha, “Basically, we need kind-hearted people who love animals,” said Rachel Allibone from the registered charity, “No experience is necessary, but having had a cat previously makes things a bit easier for the fosterer as they then have some understanding of cats’ needs and behaviours… It's also possible for people to have their own cats and dogs and still be able to foster. I used to think it was mutually exclusive until I got my first foster kitten. As she needed socialising, she lived in a crate in our lounge. My cats weren't happy about it and had their noses well out of joint. But as she was contained, there were no feline fisticuffs.”
CRW are looking for volunteers who can do around about 4-6 months of commitment, “Day to day commitment varies depending on how socialised the kitty is. If it is a socialised kitty, then it can live normally like a family pet, and enjoy being spoken to, patted, cuddled, sitting on laps, having some toys to play with. The critical thing though is to be able to commit to ensuring it is kept inside for two months. Any time before this and they can go AWOL,” added Allibone, “Being able to take the kitty to the vet is another requirement, although usually just a few trips early on in it's foster life, for vaccinating and spaying or neutering. But once those are done, it's just a matter of enjoying it and waiting for the right family to come along and adopt. All food and equipment are provided.”
For more information on applying to volunteer, email email@example.com or phone Rachel on 021 1029 130. CRW also has a give-a-little page for those who want to support their cause but can’t foster.