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 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.


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 has been successful and she is much happier as a result.

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.