Kittens find new homes

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Mid Canterbury Animal Welfare centre manager Rallou Keeley with a cute kitten.

The Mid Canterbury Animal Welfare centre was inundated with kittens at the start of the year, but that has improved as people have taken home their favorite kitten.

The centre only has cats and kittens and is run by a team of volunteers lead by centre manager Rallou Keeley.

When new cats and kittens first arrive at the centre they go into quarantine and are checked over by the vet, then they are moved into an isolation room where there are more checks before being put on display in the viewing room where the public can select their new kitten.

Mrs Keeley said all kittens have their first vaccination and are spayed or neutered, it costs $150 to buy a kitten which includes all the vaccinations and electronic chip.

Cats and kittens can be brought into the centre for all sorts of reasons.

“We are always here to help people who need to leave a cat, there are different circumstances like an older person goes into care,” she said.

Out the back is an area called the Outpost, specially constructed as a retirement home for elderly and the more wild cats.

“We have a no kill policy, we don’t kill anything unless they are very sick and the vet says they aren’t going to survive.”

One cat in the outpost is 18 years old named Mother because she mothered the new kittens that came to the centre.

The Mid Canterbury Animal Welfare centre is located on Seafield Road.