The charity was established in 2018 by Tauranga veterinary nurse Sharna Asplin.
“When I first started working as a Vet Nurse my eyes were opened to just how many strays and wild kittens were falling through the cracks.”
“We can rescue, rehabilitate and rehome kittens if they are eight weeks or younger as this is their crucial socialisation period.”
Once a kitten weighs at least 1 kg they can be de-sexed, vaccinated, microchipped and put up for adoption.
The charity also provides information and resources for trapping, neutering and return (TNR) or trapping, euthanasia, and disposal (TED), depending on the circumstances of each cat.
“For a cat to be returned there needs to be someone prepared to regularly feed it and look out for its welfare. Having a regular food source means the cat’s less likely to need to hunt.”
If a cat is sick, injured or a nuisance, or doesn’t have a regular food source, that is when they can be trapped and humanely euthanised.
Over the summer months, during kitten season, the charity works with around twenty foster families to take in the wild kittens, aged eight weeks or less.
In their first months kittens have vulnerable immune systems and need almost constant care.
“The foster families ensure the wellbeing of the kittens and provide the human contact that makes adoption possible,” says Sharna.