The Cats Protection League is a registered charity dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming stray cats and abandoned cats and kittens.

In addition to cat rescue and rehoming, Cats Protection League provides a range of services to the public, including our Feline Fix desexing program which provides financial assistance for desexing. We also offer discounted worm and flea treatments, help with veterinary costs, cat food, cage and trap hire. Click here to view our services for Canterbury cat owners.

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Adopt A Cat Or Kitten

Learn more about adopting a CPL cat, and view our cats for adoption!

Get A Cat Desexed

Cats Protection League works with eighteen amazing vets across Canterbury to help desex cats. Learn more about our Feline Fix program!

Help CPL

Interested in making a donation or becoming a volunteer or fosterer? Learn how to get involved with CPL!

Visit our cattery:

18 Charlesworth Street, Woolston, Christchurch


Tuesday to Friday 11.00am – 2.30pm
Saturday 11.00am – 3.00pm
Sunday 11.00am – 2.30pm
Closed Monday

All adoptions take place through the cattery, so if you are looking to adopt a cat or kitten, please either visit during open hours or call: (03) 384 0006

CPL President Robin Thomson Wins Assisi Award


After thirty years of service to CPL and cats in Christchurch, Cats Protection League President Robin Thomson was awarded an Assissi award by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council.

The Assisi award is given in recognition of outstanding service to individuals who have contributed to the welfare of animals. Robin's dedication to caring for cats and kittens in Christchurch is inspiring to all who know her, especially those who work with her in the Cats Protection League and get to see her passion and drive first hand.

The award, named in honour of St Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, is an acknowledgement by the Council of the achievements of those whose goals echo the principles of excellence in animal welfare.

Congratulations, Robin!


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Featured Cats For Adoption


Cherry is about 14 years old. Her owner went into a rest home and she spent a year outdoors being fed by neighbours before coming into CPL care.

Cherry is a shy but loving lap cat. A gentle soul, she is enjoying being cossetted here at the cattery.

Cherry is looking for a nice warm bed and regular meals for her twilight years. She will suit a quiet home with no small children, and after her long stay outdoors will need patient settling.

Adopting an older cat can be very rewarding and they make great companions. As they are less active they tend to spend more time indoors and are less likely to get lost or injured. They are particularly suitable for owners who are themselves less active and/or spend most of their time at home.

Manny and Mori

Manny (male) and Mori (female) are about 12 years old and came into CPL care when their owner went into a retirement home.

Manny and Mori are confident and friendly cats, although not used to children or dogs. They are fun-loving and very active for their age so they will keep their new owners well entertained.

Manny and Mori have always lived together and are closely bonded so we would like them to be adopted as a pair.


Christina is about 6 years old and has been returned to CPL care because she was toileting inappropriately in her new home and her new owners were unable to resolve this. She was originally surrendered for similar problems which started after her owner became pregnant.

Christina is shy with strangers but friendly once she gets to know you. She is very easily stressed, so she will best suit a quiet and calm adult home with no other pets. Ideally we would like her to go to a lifestyle block or similar where she has space to avoid challenging situations.

Christina has had problems with cystitis and over-grooming, also stress-related. She is on calming medication and this may need to be continued while she settles into a new home.


Biddy is about 7 years old and has been returned to CPL care after two happy years as her owner has passed away.

Biddy is shy with strangers but loving and smoochy once she knows you. She has enjoyed being thoroughly cossetted by her owner who lived alone, and will best suit another quiet home where she will be a lovely companion.

Biddy is terrified of dogs, so her new owner will need to resist the lure of a canine companion. She is currently on medication for back pain and this will probably need to be continued after adoption.