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Monty’s got his eye out for a new home

Jul 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

MONTY the one-eyed kitten and his mate Bear are hoping for a home.

They were among about 20 cats on display in Brooklyn when SPCA volunteers held an adoption run there.

The scheme sees association volunteers visit suburbs at weekends to try to find homes for their charges and allows people to adopt and care for a kitten or cat which has been orphaned, sick or bottle-fed from birth.

“It’s the SPCA coming to the people, rather than people going to the SPCA,” says volunteer and cat foster mum Margaret Nixon.

Involved with the SPCA as a foster mum for 20 months, at one stage she had two cats and 20 kittens living at her home.

Fellow foster mum Jessica Owen says her involvement with Monty and Bear has been a rewarding experience: “It’s all the fun of kittens without the responsibility of adult cats. I love it.”

The cats were in a poor state when they were found together in March this year. Monty had an eye infection which resulted in it being closed permanently.

Both lived in a shelter for a week before Ms Owen took them home.

On average, six or seven cats are adopted each weekend, but the volunteers struck out in Brooklyn, with no cats or kittens finding a home.

However, the “mums” remain optimistic. The adoption rate varies, but is often in the higher numbers,  with the record held by Island Bay where people adopted 14.

The off-site adoption scheme has been going since 2009 and happens most Saturdays.  Karori is next, with Aro Valley the following weekend.

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