A local cat charity has racked up a staggering $18,000 in vet bills in just two months, as they take in more abused moggies.
Queenstown Cat Rescue has an all-time high of 63 cats looking for new homes.
So, as a fundraiser, downward dog will meet fluffy feline next Saturday, June 9, when the charity holds ‘cat yoga’ sessions.
Local yoga instructor Elina Lim-Sandulescu came up with the idea after adopting her own rescue cat.
She wanted to do something to help out, and get the community involved.
“It’s the perfect opportunity for people to come and mix with the cats,” she says.
Those who head along will do 45 minutes of yoga while some of the charity’s cats wander around. There will also be time at the end of the class for people to play with the moggies.
Charity trustee Andrea Balona says they’re having to get treatment for more cats being injured by people.
Bill, a cat rehomed to Bupa Lake Wakatipu Care Home, had to have his eye removed after he was deliberately injured.
Another cat was nailed to a wooden board, Balona says.
The charity takes in and re-homes stray cats in the area. Because Queenstown has such a transient population, people often ditch their cats when they leave town, Balona says.
Those cats are often not desexed, so they breed.
Balona says: “It’s not a cat problem, it’s a human problem.”
High demand means two yoga classes will be run, one at 10am and one at 12pm.
They’ll take place at the Queenstown Arts Centre on the corner of Ballarat Street and Stanley St.
Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.