Queenstown Cat Rescue has now rehomed and reunited more than 2000 cats since launching almost 10 years ago.
QCR trustee Julia Milley says the Queenstown district was “inundated with dumped cats and kittens” back then and the organisation has spent more than $100,000 getting it under control.
Although there does not seem to be a jump in the number of missing cats recently, social media’s making the issue more apparent, Milley says.
Many go missing as a result of “misadventure”.
“Desexing is very important in reducing the risk of cats wandering or fighting, as a desexed cat is less likely to be roaming or crossing roads in search of a mate and expanding his territory.”
Milley says QCR gets busier each year as the area’s population grows and new issues arise.
One of those problems is “irresponsible owners” adopt-ing a kitten before leaving town and abandoning it or leaving it in the care of others who then move elsewhere.
Some rented accommodation banning pets is also causing problems.
QCR has more than 60 cats and kittens in foster care.
It is also running a free desexing campaign for female cats.