Most of the cats in the Red Zone
are either lost or abandoned. If we can’t reunite them with their owners, we need to find these special cats forever homes. These cats make affectionate and loyal pets. Please contact us if you would like to help find a home for any of the cats we have at the moment.
Unfortunately, we only have limited resources to house these cats, so without people willing to adopt a cat, we will be unable to rescue more from the Red Zone.
Hazel was a very young Mum, having raised two kittens under one of the last abandoned buildings in the Dallington/Burwood red zone when we first found her. We trapped the whole family and gave them their own room at the Rose St shelter. Hazel is now about three years old. She has grown and matured considerably since joining us and has a calm gravity and confidence which is very distinctive. Hazel is very smoochy and likes a lot of affection.
Minty is one of a family of originally unsocial cats
who lived at the edge of the red zone and relied on Alison, a kind local lady, for meals. Mum Belle and her kittens had been desexed during a trap-neuter-return programme. When Alison learned that she had to move to a smaller Council flat in another area she was very concerned about the fate of the cats, and approached redzonecats for help.
We watched Loki for over a year at feeding stations in the red zone, and trapped him just before the last houses were demolished. He is about 4 years old. Loki has the affectionate nature shared by all ‘red zone all blacks’ once they have been socialised, and he loves to sit on a knee purring contentedly. Loki is very popular with other shelter cats, particularly unsocial females. These shy girls learn by observing Loki’s affectionate behaviour with humans, making him a valued member of the shelter community.
Poppy ( Basil and Blackberry) were born homeless in a Woolston industrial area. The whole family was rescued by redzonecats when the kittens were 8 to 10 weeks old. Mother Daisy had not been socialised before entering the shelter she isn't aggressive and the kittens have inherited her gentle nature. They are shy with new faces, they soon learn to trust their carers. All three kittens have a great purr and love cuddles. They are now teenagers about 16 weeks old.
Following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, the ‘residential red zone’ was created in eastern Christchurch. Thousands of people had to leave their homes. As a result, many cats were abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
These cats are rarely seen, but are hiding everywhere. Most are hungry and afraid. Some are in pain. Many had homes once, but were lost during the earthquakes, or when people moved away. Others are the offspring of lost and feral cats and have never had a home.
THESE CATS NEED OUR HELP.