Feline fosterers needed

Pictured: Samuel Moneypenny was found on the side of the Wanaka-Lake Hawea Road by travellers before Christmas. | Photo: Rachel Allibone

An influx of furry residents at Cat Rescue Wanaka (CRW) has put the registered charity under pressure. It urgently needs foster homes for the 19 cats and kittens in its care. Two of those felines have been waiting to find their forever home for over six months and are ready to be adopted.  

The primary purpose of CRW is to care for the stray and abandoned cats in the Upper Clutha - to rescue them from living rough, to socialise them, and to then have them adopted as family pets.

“Overall we aim to reduce the stray cat population,” CRW co-chair Rachel Allibone said.

She said they will always need more fosterers

“A foster home can have more than one animal, although that does make it a bit more time consuming in caring for them and socialising the strays and wildies. Fosterers can also have their own pets, although the resident felines may be less than happy about it!” Allibone said.

“Each foster family is different so it's just a matter of finding whatever works. We do require that fosterers can commit for a minimum of six months, and, if not in their own home, then we require landlord permission.”

As the group doesn’t have a facility to house cats, it relies solely on foster carer help, but it currently has enough funds thanks to a generous local community.

“The Wanaka community has been very generous in supporting us, with our raffles and fundraisers. We have also had some generous one-off donations of $50 and $100, and even $1000 from a kind lady who had recently started getting the pension, and had extra cash as her income had increased.”


Since its inception in August 2018, they have had 11 cats and kittens adopted.

“We've also helped or given advice to those whose pets have gone missing, or who have had someone's pet turn up and hang around their house.”

After getting their feline population down to two at the beginning of December it has now started to rise in again, thanks in part to the group being more well known.

“We've tried to raise our profile with our fundraising ventures and have had our first stall at the Sunday markets, where we hope to have a monthly attendance. And probably most notably, one of the co-chairs, Bridgette, does a wonderful job of our Facebook page/social media, along with Monique on Instagram.”

The group’s information and adoption day, held as part of its launch last year, was also well attended, and vets are now referring people to the group too.

Potential foster carers must be able to commit for a minimum of six months and should express their interest, including a bit about themselves, via email to catrescuewanaka@gmail.com. CRW supplies all materials, food, litter and bedding for the fostered feline.

The group is a registered charity so donations are tax deductible and can be made through its givealttile page.


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