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 and office:

14  Charlesworth Street, Woolston, Christchurch


Monday-Friday 10 am - 4 pm.


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


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Featured Cats For Adoption



Christina is about 7 years old and came into CPL care with a history of stress-related toileting issues. She has been at the cattery for over a year now and, while she has won the hearts of all our volunteers, we would love to see her go to a home of her own.

Christina is friendly and affectionate but can be shy with strangers. She likes being out of doors and enjoys sitting in the sunshine. She will suit a quiet and calm adult home with no other pets, and would love to have plenty of space so she can avoid stressful situations.

Christina is on relaxing medication and a special diet which will probably need to be continued. Here at the cattery her toileting is much improved (albeit with no great accuracy) and we think her good habits will continue in her new home.



Biddy is about 8 years old and was returned to CPL care when her owner passed away.

Biddy is shy with strangers but loving and smoochy once she knows you. Her previous owner lived alone, so she will suit another quiet home. She will be best as an only pet, especially as she is terrified of dogs.

Biddy has just had dental work done. She has recovered well and is good to go.


Missi is about 9 years old and came into CPL care as a stray. She was advertised as Found but remains unclaimed, so she is now available for adoption.

Missi is a friendly and confident cat who knows her own mind. She doesn’t like dogs or other cats but will be okay with polite children.

Missi has had surgery on her eye since arriving at the cattery. This was successful – treatment has now been completed and the vet thinks it unlikely that she will need any further surgery.

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.