Volunteering for the BOPCCP will be rewarding and enjoyable, a simple way to give back to your community.
We need your help to support the management of cat colonies. We will be trapping around the Bay of Plenty and working in conservation areas. Your role is to support the placement and control of traps, help to inform the local community and support colony liaison.
Finding an un-owned cat or kitten?
If an un-owned ( stray) cat is not displaying feral or wild behaviours (unhandleable) the best thing to do is try and find its owner:
- To find out if the cat has an owner follow these steps:
- Cats roam over a wide area, so ask around to see if anyone knows who it belongs to.
- If you can safely transport the cat to a vet or a BOP SPCA, you could have it scanned for a microchip.
- Take precautions when approaching the cat and fixing the collar.
If this isn’t possible but you can get close enough to put a collar on it, then download our paper cat collars
You can also download and print a lost and found flyer
We also recommend you visit Pets on the Net, an online resource that reunites owners with their pets.
Cats and Wildlife: How You Can Help!
Looking after your cats responsibly, ensuring that they are well cared for and do not threaten wildlife are important responsibilities in helping to preserve our natural heritage.
Here are some tips on how you can help:
- Ensure that your cat always has access to good quality food.
- Keep your cat inside at night so that it is less likely to prey on wildlife (and get into fights) and ideally keep it confined to your property.
- Provide toys and regular playtime so that your cat is well entertained, exercised and less likely to need to hunt.
- For those cats that do hunt wildlife, a bell may be placed on their collar to help warn native wildlife about the cat’s presence. A brightly coloured collar can also help to warn wildlife. Another option is a special “cat bib” that can help to prevent wildlife being caught.
- Never abandon unwanted cats. It is unfair to leave them to fend for themselves and it is a threat to our wildlife.
- Unless you are a responsible cat breeder, always have a new cat desexed.If you would like to have a cat as a pet, obtain it from an animal shelter rather than a breeder.