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Services For Cat Owners

In addition to rescuing and rehoming cats, we provide a range of services to the public of the Canterbury region, including our Feline Fix desexing program which provides subsidised desexing for those on a low income.  We can also help with cat food, cat cage or cat trap hire and in some cases, emergency veterinary fees.

To access any of these services you can call our office (03 376 6094 option 2), drop in, email ([email protected]) or leave a message via our Facebook page.


Cat Food
Thanks to many generous donations we are often able to help with cat food for those in need. We can also provide food if you have found a stray, while you look for its owner, or while it is on our wait list to come in if an owner has not been found.

Help With Veterinary Bills
If you find yourself facing an unexpected emergency veterinary bill, we may be able to help.  This service is for people who have a cat that urgently needs veterinary care – it is not for regular vet check ups or vaccinations.  We wish we could help everyone but as a charity we must be realistic.  If you cannot afford to take your cat to the vet and it urgently needs to see one – please contact us to discuss your situation and needs.

Cat Cage and Trap Hire
If you need a cage to take your cat to the vet, CPL can help. We can also help to provide traps for stray or difficult to catch cats and crates for cats which may need to be confined.

Carry cages can be borrowed for free, a small donation is appreciated.
Cat traps can be hired for $25, $20 of which is refunded upon return of the clean trap.
Cat crates can be hired for $30, $20 of which is refunded upon return of the crate.

To avoid disappointment, please ring our office on 03 376 6094 (option 2) before popping in to hire a trap as our available traps may all be in use.


Flea and Worm Treatments are NO LONGER available.
For some years our office has been providing subsidised flea and worm treatment to the public. The intention was to provide a mechanism for owners in severe financial hardship to treat their cats for fleas and worms. Unfortunately the scheme has become a victim of its own success and, despite changes to the criteria, the demand is just too high to cope with. As a result our office staff are spending more time preparing and selling these products instead of dealing with more vital tasks such as arranging for cats to be desexed via our Feline Fix desexing programme and assisting people with stray, abandoned or unwanted cats and kittens.

We therefore regret to advise that we will no longer be selling flea and worm treatments, effective immediately. This decision has not been taken lightly and any abuse of our staff as a result will not be tolerated.

If you are struggling to afford flea and worm treatments we suggest that you shop around.  Big pet stores such as Animates and online pet supply companies often have suitable treatments on special offer – we did a short online trawl and found Frontline at $43.82 for a pack of 6 (that’s $7.30 per treatment) and Drontal worming tablets at $2 each.  Some vet clinics will sell single flea treatments for customers on tight budgets and – unless your cat has a flea allergy or is an active hunter – it is possible to economise by leaving a longer interval between treatments, especially during the colder months.

Cats Protection League Canterbury