Rehoming unwanted and lost pets

NEED: Three-week-old Arnold (left), eight-week-old Curry and three-week-old Andrea are all needing forever homes. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER.

Pascal the cat is looking for a new home.

And if she gets one, the nine-year-old will become one of hundreds of cats rehomed by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Canterbury this summer.

Pascal is an affectionate and loving animal, according to SPCA southern region general manager Barry Helem. But the furry feline has been without a home for two months.

Mr Helem said Pascal was found lost in Ashburton and was taken to a vet clinic as she had an injured tongue and some dental issues.

She was collected by the SPCA ambulance and had a few teeth removed as well as other treatments to help her heal.

Pascal then went to a foster home where her foster parents said she loved “rolling around, chilling out in front of the fan and sleeping on the pillows.”

CARE: SPCA Canterbury’s Tigger and Pigglet (top), Pascal and Governor are waiting for the right owners to come along and bring them home. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER.

Mr Helem said the perfect home for Pascal would be one with no young children, “so she can live out her golden years calmly being the centre of attention.”

“She has two disclaimers –one regarding the teeth which she had removed and another regarding a historic soft tissue injury to her right hip,” he said.

Mr Helem said SPCA Canterbury has had a very high adoption rate during summer but also a very high influx of animals coming into its care.

“Our adoptions for the November and December period totalled 316. This included 201 cats and kittens, 14 dogs and puppies, 59 rabbits and 32 livestock. This total is an 11 per cent increase over the same period last year,” he said.

Pascal is one of about 20 cats SPCA Canterbury is currently trying to rehome.

The organisation has 321 animals on-site at present and 139 animals in foster homes.

Adoption fees for an adult cat like Pascal are $150, kittens $250, adult dogs $250, puppies $350 and rabbits $50.

In a bid to continue rehoming animals, SPCA Canterbury has a Facebook page which profiles different animals in their care. The page has more than 22,000 followers.

SPCA is a charity which helps protect animals that are sick, injured, lost, abused or simply abandoned. Every year, the 40 SPCA centres across the country receive more than 45,000 animals through their doors and 14,000 animal welfare complaints.