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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.
Bunny was homeless in Bexley for a long time after all the people left. We heard about her when the last buildings in the area were about to be demolished.
She was too timid to allow us to put her into a carry box so we had to trap her. However, Bunny has clearly had a home at one time and is friendly with both humans and cats.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER LEXA
After Cassius entered the shelter he soon became affectionate with people he saw regularly. He is gradually becoming more confident with new faces, and is good with other cats. Otto has taught Cassius
a wide range of miaows! Cassius is not too sure when is the right time to miaow, and currently he even miaows while eating, to be on the safe side!
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER LEXA
Otto started visiting one of our Dallington feeding stations in early August. He came several times each night, which suggested he could be a lost cat, so we trapped him a few weeks later. For a week or so, Otto alternated between hiding in small spaces and behaving as if he was starved of affection. This behaviour suggests he had been lost a long time, and we haven’t been able to find his owner.
Peggy is a young cat who loves a good chin and cheek scratch and generally being made a fuss of. She is very gentle and quiet. She is still a bit of a night owl, but is adjusting to being awake earlier in the day. Peggy will continue to gain in confidence, provided she is given time to adjust gradually to change. She may need more than one home visit before being finally placed and would probably prefer a quiet home.
Milly is affectionate and loves a cuddle on your knee. She has a good purr. At first, Milly wanted to avoid other cats and would hiss vigorously if they got close, however she has rehabilitated well and quickly learned to tolerate other female cats. She is still very afraid of male cats.
Chloe was originally identified as a potential match for a missing cat, but when we brought her in we realised that sadly, she was not the one we were searching for. She is a shy young cat who is learning to be confident with people she knows. She is playful and enjoys being around other cats.
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.
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