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In desperate need: Queenstown Community Cats' Andrea Balona is on the hunt for 'furever' homes for moggies

By CASS MARRETT

Queenstown cat rescue charities are racing against the clock to find homes for more than 100 homeless moggies.

Queenstown Community Cats (QCC) trustee Andrea Balona says they’re trying to bring in wild kittens and find homes for them before winter really starts to bite.

‘‘We would like to see them all nice and comfortable.

‘‘Especially the ones that are in the cattery, even though we’ve done our best to insulate and everything, to put them into someone’s home environment would be the ideal.’’

At present, Balona says she’s over capacity at the QCC cattery — there are more than 20 cats living there, and almost 30 more in foster homes across the Basin — with cats coming
from all over the Whakatipu, including Glenorchy, and from as far afield as Tarras.

‘‘If we can’t get permanent homes for them, that’s going to block up the system and that
means that we’re not going to be able to take more in to help and get them out of the wild
environment, feed, and desex,’’ Balona says.

Queenstown Cat Rescue founder and trustee Julia Milley says at the moment they’ve got more than 90 cats with 50 fosterers, waiting for their furever homes.

‘‘We try to rehome them as soon as possible … so we can free up our fosterers, so we can
potentially bring in more and also, it’s bloody cold out there in winter time and we want to get as many as we possibly can socialised, and desexed to stop them from breeding,’’  Milley says.

Alongside efforts to home cats and kittens, Balona wants to also encourage people to desex, chip and register their feline friends.

‘‘I think that maybe there’s not enough information about microchipping and registering.

‘‘I think a lot of people are under the impression that once a chip goes in, somehow they get registered, but that’s not the case — you’ve physically got to do it yourself and check.

‘‘We are offering to help people with chipping and registering the cats — we can even do dogs — at a special price to make sure it’s done,’’ Balona says.

She says if people aren’t sure if their pets are registered, they can get QCC or local vets to
scan and check the national database at bit.ly/3Hjfr0t

Both organisations are keen to hear from people via their Facebook pages who might
want to adopt, become fosterers, or donate.

cass.marrett@scene.co.nz