WHAT WE DO
The Lonely Miaow Association started in 1990 to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome stray cats and kittens rescued in the Auckland region. We became incorporated in 1995 and have now rescued 8,500 stray cats and kittens from 2,500 colonies at a cost exceeding $1 million, with these numbers growing daily. For many years we have been a member of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council Inc (NZCAC). In 2002 the NZCAC formulated a policy on cats, including stray cats, and Lonely Miaow adheres to this policy.
When we are contacted about a stray cat or a colony of stray cats that is requiring rescue, we need to know:
- Address of the cat/s requiring rescue
- Contact details of contact person at property
- Number of cats, their health, temperament and ages
- Whether the member of the public is able to assist with rescue and trapping
- Our cat rescue volunteers contact a person at the rescue site, and commence trapping and rescue of the cats and kittens.
- Trapping can take a lot of time, up to weeks or months, depending on a number of factors, such as number of cats, weather, and whether the cats are trap-shy.
- Once rescued, each cat is taken to a Lonely Miaow-associated Vet, to be professionally assessed for health and temperament.
- Cats and kittens passing these health and temperament assessments (about 80% of those rescued in 2017) move into a foster home ASAP, and lead to an adoption into a new forever home.
- In 2017, of 1,100+ cats and kittens rescued, approximately 12% were desexed and returned.
- All of our foster cats and kittens are vet checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, defleaed and dewormed prior to adoption.
- Looking after the cats or kittens as our own pets for at least 2 weeks (stand down period to ensure they are healthy)
- Most have been malnourished, starved, riddled with fleas and worms, injured or sick
- Many have issues trusting humans
- We medicate, socialise and love them until they are healthy and ready for adoption