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.
Teazle and her brother Weazle have always been gentle, never biting or scratching, and we haven’t heard a hiss for a long time. Teazle has been confident with people from the very start, despite being born wild. She has a magnificent long fluffy tail, a reliable purr, and loves cuddles. She plays riotous chasing games with her brother, loves Whiskas Temptations, and we think she will be a good mouser.
Weazle is relatively shy and is still learning to stand his ground when approached. He loves his cuddles though, and pops straight into his ‘pod’ when we offer it to him, after which we gently pull him out to sit on our knee. Weazle is playful, mischievous and very intelligent. He has a striking russet mane, and his favourite treat is vanilla icecream! If he hears you scraping the bottom of your bowl, his head pops up beside you like a meerkat!
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. Now, Hazel is very smoochy and likes a lot of affection – although she is still a little shy with new people. This is normal for cats who have been socialised as adults.
Basil has always been the most outgoing of the siblings and his behaviour is similar to that of kittens who have been born in a home. Basil has a close bond with his brother Blackberry. These two boys played and explored together when they were homeless and we would like to place them together.
Blackberry was the largest kitten when they were young. Blackberry has less natural confidence than Basil and his new family will need to spend time with him daily, systematically reinforcing positive experiences. Helping rescue cats and kittens reach their full potential is extremely rewarding and the result is a loyal and affectionate companion. Blackberry and Basil have a close bond. We would like to place them together.
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.
Basil, Blackberry and Poppy 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.