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WAITOMO’S Kitty Korner formed two years
ago with the overall goal of having zero unwanted
offspring arriving at the doors of the charitable
Offering a subsidised desexing programme,
the trust has since treated more than 700 cats.
However, there is still a small minority of
pet owners “letting the community down” and
abandoning unwanted kittens.
Kitty Korner chairwoman Sandra Squier
says the majority of the Waitomo district have
“stepped up amazingly” in terms of bringing cats
in to be desexed.
“We had close to 400 in 2016, and it has made a
noticeable difference in the number of unwanted
kittens we are being asked to take. The communi-
ty has been amazing. Our education programme
is working, people are coming in to ask about the
desexing and are taking advantage of it.”
There were also 25 dogs (mainly female)
desexed in the Waitomo district in 2016, says
“We’re hoping that will make a difference too.”
But despite the improvement, there was still
a small minority of pet owners responsible for
dumping 15 kittens in total since October.
“We have had three lots brought in by mem-
bers of the public. This is very, very disappoint-
ing,” says Mrs Squier.
“It’s very cruel, totally unnecessary, and is pun-
ishable by law. It’s not hard to bring the female in
to be desexed. These few people are letting down
the responsible pet owners in our community.”
Kitty Korner animal health consultant Steph
MacPherson says if the abandoned kittens were
not found and brought into Atkinson & Associ-
ates Veterinary Services, which supports the trust
in Te Kuiti, they probably would have died.
“It’s a sad state of affairs when people can’t be
responsible and get their female cats desexed – it
doesn’t cost that much. It’s a simple procedure,
it’s very safe.”
Eight kittens, which were dumped near the
HUHU Cafe in Waitomo in November, were
brought in by a woman who was visibly shaken
by the experience.
“She was really distressed, it was very dis-
heartening. They were only 200gm when she
brought them in, but they are now up over one
kilogram and are ready for adoption,” says Mrs
Mrs Squire encourages anyone with an animal
that needs desexing to go to Atkinson & Associ-
ates Veterinary Services as soon as possible.
“Owning a pet is a responsibility and needs to
be taken seriously.”
KITTY Korner animal health consultant Steph MacPherson with two of the 15 kittens which
have been abandoned in the Waitomo district since October.
still a problem
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